I love doing all the fun holiday activities with my kids. I’m all about making traditions and coming up with family activities. They don’t all always turn into traditions though, but some do.
Every year for Easter we make the resurrection rolls with crescent rolls, butter, marshmallows, and brown sugar and it is so tasty when we get our empty tombs out of the oven for breakfast Easter morning.
But, this year, I wanted to do a cooking activity that went more in depth for teaching the Easter miracle. Easter is a major Christian holiday to celebrate. In my opinion it should be as big as Christmas because without the resurrection there is no gospel. Without the gospel, there is no hope. I know you have to have the miracle birth to have the resurrection. So both holidays are a big deal. But since Easter isn’t as “commercialized” as Christmas, I think it doesn’t always get the recognition and celebration that it warrants.
My friend shared this recipe with me several years ago, and I recommend doing the activity with your kids.
The cookies do not “taste good”, but the activity is not for the taste. We can eat the yummy, buttery, sugary, crescent roll empty tombs for the taste on Easter morning as it is our family tradition.
The cookies in this activity do not taste bad or disgusting, it’s just not something I would serve guests who came to visit.
This activity is for the teaching.
But, my kids liked the cookies and snacked on them for the day.
After we made our resurrection cookies, I heard my kids retelling the story of what we did and what each ingredient meant to their daddy and grandparents. Having the hands on activity with the scripture readings was great for their little memories.
I think they especially liked the part where they got to “beat” the pecans. Beating of the pecans represented Jesus being beaten before taken to the cross. They also smelled vinegar, tasted salt and sugar, and sealed up our tomb with tape.
I’ve made a PDF printable for you to print off with the recipe and the scripture readings are included for each step.
I have little readers in the house, so I had each of them take turns reading the scriptures for each step.
After the cookies come out of the oven, you can cut into them and they will be hollow. I recommend making sure you cut (beat) your pecans small enough. If they are too big, or you put too many in the cookie, it will mess up your hollow effect.
The cookies will have air pocket holes inside them to represent the empty tomb.
The kids really enjoyed this activity and I loved listening to them retell it to others describing what each ingredient meant.
But, they did make a point to be sure that I didn’t forget about our family tradition of making the crescent rolls for Easter morning.
Happy Easter Everyone!
I hope you have fun celebrating with friends and family!
Pin this on Pinterest, Print off the Recipe, and do the Easter Story Cookies activity with your kiddos!
It doesn’t have to be done the night before Easter. Anytime during the season is great! But do it at night, so they have to wake up to an EMPTY TOMB! Click here for the printable recipe.