Finding simple, yet meaningful, traditions which make an impact on a child’s long term memory can be a challenge, but these Resurrection Rolls fit both prerequisites.
Our family celebrates Easter as the Resurrection Sunday of our Lord.
If you do the same, then take just a few minutes to enjoy this yummy treat. It’s a delicious recipe that works for any occasion, but it also gives the opportunity to engage your children in spiritually meaningful conversation while you enjoy some fun in the kitchen together making memories.
Your kids will enjoy participating, and the discussion points will be long lasting.
For smaller children, they are especially amazed when you open the “tomb,” and it is empty. You can remind them that “He has risen” through this memorable hands on cooking tradition!
- Share the truth of how Jesus was placed into the tomb (crescent rolls) after the crucifixion.
- Explain how they prepared his body by putting oil and herbs on him (cinnamon and sugar represents the oils and spices).
- As you wrap the marshmallow,explain how this represents the wrapping of Jesus’s body after His death.
- Finally, after waiting three long day (or twelve minutes baking time, which feels like days to the children), explain that death could not hold Him in the grave and He is alive. (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll puffs up, BUT is empty!!
The tomb is empty! He is risen. He is Risen Indeed. Matthew 28:1-8
(I used store bought crescent rolls for ease, but of course, homemade crescent dough  would always be amazing).
- 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 8 large marshmallows
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.If you can fin the big and flaky ones, the marshmallows will fit better)
- In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
- Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together very tightly to seal in the marshmallow as it melts (or cut a bit of the marshmallow off to fit). Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.
- Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
- Makes Eight Resurrection Rolls
- ** I have made these without dipping them in any butter, cinnamon/sugar mixture and they are still delicious. The butter just makes them an extra special treat.
Make sure you seal the seams really well. If you don’t, the marshmallow will ooze out the sides, which is just fine in our home. You have the option of making the rolls bigger by using two crescent roll, but still use one marshmallow. This way, the marshmallow won’t come out at all. Have the kids play around with making these. On some of them we wanted the empty tomb effect, so we left a little part of the roll open but made sure the side had a little lip to contain the melted mallow.
***Make sure you don’t miss all the other Easter tradition ideas and recipes  to make meaningful memories.