I can’t believe it’s been eight years since I first shared this post. My baby was only five and now she’s a new teenager. Oh my! How does that happen? I thought this was worth sharing again because it’s a favorite food tradition. (Browse many more fun traditions and Easter recipes here.)
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, plus, they are simply delicious! Nothing can go wrong with crescent rolls. 🙂
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.
Wow I think you’ve hit on something fantastic! Marshmallows & cinnamon are both my all time favorite foods so this combo would be heavenly! Thanks for the idea, I might play around & toast some marshmallows under the broiler 1st before I put them in just because I love that toasted flavor. Ooh, I bet you could put coconut inside some if you wanted.
I posted these, too, but your pictures are much cooler! We love doing this every year!
What a fun and wonderful way to celebrate Easter. I am going to have to make these with the children this weekend. As they are getting older they are enjoying learning more and more about our Faith.
Thank you for the great idea.
We make these every year! This year my seven year old wants to be the one to tell the story as we make them.
This is posted on my blog too. It’s been a family tradition since my teenagers were toddlers. 🙂
Wow those look YUMMY and I especially love the name!
I posted these too!!! How funny! I love that they celebrate the true meaning of Easter without all the commercialization.
Wow! Your pictures are phenomenal!!! I posted the same recipe this morning and well – it’s obvious the kids helped ( http://womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com/2010/03/tasty-tuesday-easter-morning-breakfast.html )- mine look messy! Yours are beautiful!!!
Maybe this year we can strive to make ours a bit more beauitful! No matter what it’s the message that is just flat out gorgeous!!!!
This looks awesome! We have done cookies with the same idea, but the girls thought they were not very tasty!
Thank you for reminding me about these. I haven’t done them with my kids but this looks simple enough to try. Happy Easter!
I’ve never seen these before, but what a great idea! I almost grabbed a roll of cresents yesterday but I talked myself out of them. Now I’m going to have to go back to the store and get some:)
We made these back in Middle School Home Ec. And I’ve discovered a variation that we made Sunday night over the campfire. (Basically a marshmallow wrapped in half a biscuit and toasted over the fire.) Next time I think I’ll make the balls ahead of time and add some cinnamon sugar in.
Thank you for this simple idea. I wanted to make the cookies, but I am running out of time with all the other activities we have this week. But I have time for rolls!
We’ve made these Resurrection Rolls for about 5 years now. It’s been a great tradition. We talk about his death, the oils and herbs(butter, and cinn sugar) they put on him. The kids LOVE to do this. when they put Jesus(Marshmellow) in the tomb. Then they can’t wait to put it in the oven. They wait those 3 days(maybe 12 mins). I love to see the excitement when they opened the tomb and it’s empty. They run around yelling HE’s ALIVE! That’s the best!
I’ve never heard of these before, but they look so yummy and I love finding new meaningful traditions to highlight holy holidays! Thanks!
This would be a neat recipe to share with my grandchildren! I have never heard of a recipe like this. Very good way to share the meaning of Easter.
What a cool idea for the Easter celebration. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.
How cool is this?! I love this! Thank you so much! 🙂 We’ll be trying this next year. 🙂
To be scripturally correct, there was no anointing of the body of Christ with herbs (that was part of Passover) nor were spices or oils used. When the women went back to the tomb with the spices, Jesus was gone! Just leave out the butter and the cinnamon.
At Valentines, Campfire marshmallows makes pink and white heart shaped marshmallows. We save them until Easter and We use those to represent the love Christ had for us in His sacrifice.
Thanks Ange – you are correct about the women coming back with spices after He was already risen, but when I was researching this, there’s a contradiction historically, with some saying that traditionally , the cloth he was wrapped in would have had some anointing. Here is what commentary said,
“It was Jewish custom to anoint a body before burial, and John chapter 19 does actually say that the body of Jesus was anointed and wrapped before his burial. Some have questioned why other gospels (Mark, Luke) would say that the women wished to anoint the body on the following Sunday – if John is correct, Jesus had already been anointed.”
So, I appreciate you bringing that up because it could be a good discussion point as well.
Thank you for sharing this awesome activity to help our children understand the death and resurrection of our savior. I can honestly say I have never seen this before. Could I post this on my blog and link back to your site?
Hi Teresa – thanks so much for asking. If you would like to use a picture and write up a small paragraph about it, but link to my site for the directions, that would be great.
We made these using the butterhorn recipe linked above. While our ‘tombs’ were not empty (for some reason the marshmallows didn’t melt…) they were still SO good! Thank you for sharing this fun idea!
I LOVE this recipe idea and have baked these with my Sunday school class of 10 year olds for several years now and they love it, too! What a powerful way to use our God-given senses to understand what He did for us! Thanks for sharing this marvelous idea so others may enjoy it, too.
Thanks so much for sharing how you used them. I bet your class will always remember them. 🙂