This crescent roll and marshmallow Easter Resurrection Rolls Recipe makes the perfect sweet treat to tell the account of Jesus resurrection. These Easter Rolls make the perfect sweet bread recipe for Easter.
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I am always looking for new family traditions for each holiday. These Resurrection Rolls have been a part of our family’s Easter traditions since our oldest were in Kindergarten. They are delicious enough for the whole family to enjoy, yet simple enough to make for little hands to get involved in the kitchen.
How to Make Easter Resurrection Rolls
These disappearing marshmallow rolls make the perfect sweet demonstration of the resurrection of Jesus. First you gather just a few ingredients;
- Large Marshmallows
- Crescent Rolls
and some simple kitchen tools:
- 2 small mixing bowls
- Once sheet of wax paper for each child
- cookie sheet
Read the Biblical Account of the Easter Story
Preheat the oven to them temperature listed on the crescent roll package. While the oven is preheating, gather your children around the table with five simple ingredients spread out. Give each child a piece of wax paper to work on. Fill one bowl half full with water and fill the other bowl with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. While the oven preheats read aloud John chapter 19 from the New Testament paying special attention to verses 38-41.
And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.John 19:38-41
Prepare the Resurrection Rolls
Roll out the crescent rolls explaining the white piece of dough is like the cloth Jesus’ body was wrapped in. You can re-read verse forty about the cloth. Give each child a crescent roll. Tell them to be careful to no tear the cloth.
Next, give each child a marshmallow. Explain that the marshmallow represents Jesus. It is white representing the fact that Jesus was sinless. At this point, you may re-read verse four, explaining that even Pilate “found no fault” with Jesus.
Next, allow your children to dip their marshmallows in the water and then roll them in the cinnamon and sugar. Explain that the cinnamon and sugar mixture represents the spices that were used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. You may want to re-read verses thirty-nine and forty to reinforce this part of the story.
Finally, have each child wrap his marshmallow in the crescent roll. Be sure to completely seal the edges of the crescent roll making a sealed “tomb” all around the marshmallow. Explain that this is like Jesus’ body being sealed in the tomb.
When all of your marshmallows are wrapped in crescent rolls, space them evenly on a non-stick baking sheet and bake them at the temperature listed on the crescent roll package. While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-10 paying special attention to verses five through seven.
And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.John 20:5-7
When the rolls begin to brown on the top, pull them from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes.
NOTE: Don’t worry if some of the marshmallow runs out of the rolls. This is normal. The important part for the story is the “empty tomb” when you open the rolls.
When the rolls are cooled, pull them open and see that the marshmallow is gone and all that is left is the gooey sweet empty tomb center. Explain that the sweetness on the inside of the empty tomb reminds us of the sweetness of the truth of the resurrection of Jesus and what that means for us as believers.
Empty Tomb Rolls Recipe
- 1 Can Crescent Roll Dough
- I cup granulated sugar
- 2 TBSP Ground Cinnamom
- 1 Cup Water
- 8 Large Marshmallows
- Roll out crescent roll dough and separate into sections.
- Dip a marshmallow in a bowl of water
- Mix Cinnamon and sugar together in a small mixing bowl.
- Roll moistened marshmallow in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Place sugared marshmallow in the center of the large section of a crescent roll.
- Roll the crescent dough around the marshmallow making sure to pinch the edges closed all to seal the crescent all around the marshmallow.
- Bake according to directions on crescent roll package.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool and serve.
Some of the marshmallow may leak out on the baking sheet. This is normal!