Tightwad Tuesday: Easter Tradition

Easter is my favorite holiday.

Easter is quickly approaching, and I’m a big fan of celebrating holidays in meaningful ways.  But I’m not a fan of spending beyond my budget.

I first came across this cookie recipe in the Roseburg News-Review many years ago, but I have no idea where it originated.  If anyone knows, please contact me, so I can give proper credit.

I love this recipe, because it illustrates the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection in a way that children can understand and remember.  It also reminds the whole family of what Jesus went through on Good Friday and prepares our hearts and minds for celebrating his resurrection in Easter morning.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, yet meaningful activity to do with your children this week, I encourage you to give Resurrection Cookies a try.

Resurrection Cookies

1 c whole pecans
1 t vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 c sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. (this in important – don’t wait until you are halfway done with the recipe!)  Place pecans in a zipper bag and let children beat them with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces.  Explain that after Jesus was arrested
he was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3
Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar.  Eggs represent life.  Explain that  Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand.  Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.  Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27.
So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add 1 sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.  Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered ookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!  On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9.

Do you have any inexpensive Easter Traditions?  Please share in the comments!

Photo by Memotions.


By , on Mar 18, 2008
Lynnae McCoy I'm Lynnae, wife of one and stay-at-home mom of two. I'm committed to getting out of debt by being frugal with my choices in life.


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  1. betty Gonia:

    Thank you for sharing that recipe. I have done something similiar to demonstrate how Jesus’tomb was empty. Crescent rolls are the tomb. A marshmallow is Jesus dead body wrapped in white cloth. Eash child makes one. First, sprinkle cinnamon on the marshmallow to represent the spices used to preserve dead bodies. Roll the crescent dough around the marshmallow so it is concealed. Baked in oven, as directed on crescent can. The marshmallow will melt in the oven, leaving the “tomb” empty. Sorry I don’t have the Bible references for this.

  2. This one is a favorite at our house too :D

  3. Lynnae:

    @plonkee – Yep, it’s your basic meringue recipe. The way it’s written, you read the corresponding bible verse after each corresponding ingredient. I’ve switched it around and done the Bible reading before, though. It doesn’t really matter.

    @Angela – If I can get Jim to write the easter letter today, I’ll be sending the cards out tomorrow. I don’t have great pics of the kids, though. I was planning on doing the cards last week, but Sam got sick. Reason #354 why procrastinating is a bad thing. :)

    @Lee – yes, that’s a teaspoon of vinegar.

  4. LJ:

    Lynnae! This is so great! Thanks for sharing, I had never seen this before and have been wondering what else I can do to drum up some Easter fun around here! This shall work perfectly!

    Take Care


  5. Lee:

    Is that a teaspoon of vinegar? I assume so, but just wanted to make sure.

  6. Angela:

    Thanks! I have been looking for this recipe to add to our Easter Celebrations. We also have the recurrection egg set which is great also. Say what about those Easter cards you were going to send instead of Christmas cards??? :)!

  7. Beth:

    Thanks so much for this. I printed out a copy to give to my sister’s. They will appreciate it as much as I do. I can’t wait for my son to have children so I can share it with them. I really enjoy reading your blog, I am so glad I found it.

  8. Looby:

    Ah, thanks Plonkee, I was thinking this recipe seemed familiar- then I read your comment and realised they were meringues! I think the story linking them is a great way of telling the Easter story to children. But is it wrong that I am now planning a pavlova for the weekend?!
    Lynnae- I hope you and your family have a lovely Easter weekend. My family never really had any special Easter traditions just the usual chocolate eggs and dyed and painted boiled eggs for breakfast. And my granny’s hot cross buns on Good Friday.

  9. Lynnae,
    I like it – what a clever idea!! Thanks for sharing…

  10. Meringues :) This is pretty cool, I’ve never heard of it before. Since I don’t know the Bible as well as you, are the excerpts to come after or before the explanations (if that makes sense)?

  11. Mindy Said:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I had it ages ago and misplaced it, and my daughter asks me about it every year. This year we can do it again. :)

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