Ever since my husband and I have been married Easters have been pretty low key for us. He has worked in the church every year (until now), which means this holiday is one of the busiest of the year. We always go to church, put out a few eggs for the boys to hunt, and eat ham for dinner – but other than that there is only one tradition that has held strong for the past seven years. It’s a favorite from my childhood: resurrection rolls!
If you haven’t ever heard of them – you’re not alone. I’ve recently become aware that these decadent Easter treats aren’t necessarily mainstream. Here’s the low-down: resurrection rolls are not just a sweet bread to be enjoyed with holiday brunch, but a fun activity to do with children in remembrance of the true meaning of Easter.
Resurrection rolls are super simple and only require six ingredients: marshmallows, crescent roll dough, melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Here’s the story:
Jesus is God’s perfect son who came to the earth to pay the price for our sins. The white of the marshmallow represent’s Jesus’ pure nature and his sin-free life. (John 3:16, 1 John 3:5)
Have your child skewer the marshmallow with a fork.
Melted Butter & Cinnamon-Sugar
After Jesus died on the cross, his friends prepared his body for burial. Back in those days, that meant anointing the body with oil and spices.
Roll the marshmallow in melted butter, and then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Crescent Roll Dough
When Jesus’ body was anointed, he was wrapped in cloths and placed in a tomb. A large rock was placed at the entrance. (Matthew 27:59-60)
Place the marshmallow in the center of your crescent roll dough, and wrap it up. Make sure to seal all openings in the dough and form into a ball (like the rock). When the rolls are all formed, bake them in an oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes and allow them to cool.
Three Days Later …
Jesus was in the tomb for three days. But when his friends came to visit, Jesus had risen! (Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6)
When you explain that Jesus was gone, open up a roll revealing that the marshmallow is gone – leaving an empty “tomb.”
These are a super tasty treat for any brunch, but I hope that you and your family are able to make resurrection rolls part of your Easter celebration from now on! :-)
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- 1 Can Crescent Roll Dough
- 1 Bag Marshmallows
- 1/4 C. Melted Butter (salted)
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cinnamon and sugar. Unroll and separate crescent dough.
- Dip each marshmallow in melted butter and then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Place the marshmallows in the center of each dough triangle and wrap with dough, sealing all seams.
- Put the rolls on a foiled pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let cool & enjoy!