I’ve seen Easter Resurrection Rolls done a lot of different ways.
They’ve been made out of cookies, biscuits, crescent rolls…
And when I decided to make some with my girls this year, I went with crescent rolls for a couple of reasons. For one, I like the taste. They also pair well with cinnamon. And I felt they were a better representation of the cloth that Christ was wrapped in.
The point of the resurrection rolls is to demonstrate to kids how Jesus was buried in the tomb, but when they opened the tomb, it was empty because He had risen. And the marshmallow melts while it bakes, but not until it gives the rolls support so the dough doesn’t flatten. Then the rolls are empty inside.
So, the marshmallow represents Jesus, rolling it in the butter and the cinnamon sugar mixture represents the oils and spices that were used to preserve dead bodies back in His day, and the roll represents the tomb.
Though, I kinda explained it as the rolls representing the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in. Before we baked it. Then the cooked rolls were the tomb which was empty.
It’s not an exact science.
But it is an incredibly delicious way to incorporate Jesus’ story into some Easter baking!
There are only a few ingredients, so it’s an easy baking project to throw together in between other activities.
Rolling the marshmallow in melted butter and spices and wrapping it in dough CAN be a tad messy – but that’s what makes it interesting and fun.
I used a fork to turn it in the butter and scoop it into the cinnamon, but you still gotta get in there with your fingers to wrap it in the dough.
Try pinching shut all the openings as best you can, but don’t worry if you miss a few.
Even if the rolls deflate a little, they’re still all hollow inside once baked.
Oh, and I sprinkled our extra cinnamon sugar over the rolls before baking. It adds a nice touch.
Technically, I should have used two pans.
I didn’t feel like it.
Some of our rolls stuck together, but that really wasn’t a big deal.
A few leaked melted marshmallow all over.
Again: not a big deal.
But you know what WAS a big deal? The awesome taste.
Seriously. These things did not hang around long.
And, of course, to go along with this project, we also read a book about the Easter Story.
Here’s one more fun graphic, which shows all the steps together:
Easter Resurrection Rolls
2 cans (8 rolls each) crescent rolls
16 large marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter, melted but cooled
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
To assemble the resurrection rolls, lay out the crescent rolls and separate them.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
Dip a marshmallow in the melted butter, rolling it around to cover it completely. (The butter can be warm but not very hot. You don’t want to melt the marshmallow.)
Then roll the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar mix.
Place the cinnamon marshmallow in the center of a roll and wrap the dough around it, sealing any openings.
Put the rolls on a baking pan with raised sides, sprinkle with any extra cinnamon and sugar if desired, and bake according to package directions for the rolls.
Allow the rolls to cool on a wire rack before serving to children. Remember that the melted marshmallow inside will be very hot when they first emerge from the oven.
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And check out our Resurrection Garden, too: