Get the whole family involved in a fun Easter craft with these sweet, cinnamony Resurrection Rolls.
I’ve mentioned before that “cute food” is not really my strong suit. Chocolate Robin’s Eggs Nests is about as cute as it gets around here.
Despite my lack of craftiness, I love creating traditions around the holidays, and, unsurprisingly, many of my favorite traditions revolve around food. Certain dishes from my childhood are inseparably linked to the holidays: Mom’s Custard Pie at Thanksgiving, Pecan Pie Bars at Christmas, and Amish Chicken and Noodles for every family reunion.
A friend of mine introduced me to these Resurrection Rolls several years ago, and they’ve quickly become my favorite Easter tradition. Even before our little guy came on the scene, we loved making these sweet, sticky rolls for the holiday.
These rolls are so ridiculously easy to make and also unexplainably, insanely delicious. Like WHOA. Butter, cinnamon, marshmallows, and crescent rolls have no business tasting this delicious.
But perhaps the best part of these rolls is the story that goes along with them. These Resurrection Rolls are a wonderful way to engage your kids in the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Now, how, might you ask, can a marshmallow and a crescent roll possibly share the story of Easter?
Well, it goes something like this.
Pretend Jesus is a marshmallow.
Whew…didn’t see that one coming did you?? If I had a dollar for every time my stories started with that sentence…
Ok, ok, really now, here’s the story. The marshmallow represents Jesus. After Jesus dies on the cross, his friends prepare him to be buried by anointing him with oil (dipping the marshmallow in butter) and spices (rolling it in cinnamon and sugar).
Then Jesus is placed in his grave clothes (the crescent roll) and wrapped up tight.
At this point, you put the rolls on the baking sheet and place them in the tomb (oven) and seal the tomb with a big rock (the oven door).
In the oven the marshmallow melts and blends with the cinnamon sugar, making it appear like the marshmallow has disappeared. When you remove the rolls and allow them to cool, you can let your kids open them up to reveal that Jesus is gone! He is risen! Jesus is alive!
After telling the story, you can give thanks with your kids for the gift of Jesus death and resurrection and for the gift of ooey, gooey, sweetly spiced rolls.
Sealing the rolls as tightly as possible is important so the marshmallow doesn’t leak all over the pan. However, if you do get some leakage, don’t fear! The rolls will still be absolutely delicious!
To watch a quick tutorial that shows just how EASY these Resurrection Rolls are, click on the video below!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter, and that the great gift of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection will bring you hope and joy.
- 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
- 8 marshmallows
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Melt butter in a small, shallow dish.
- In another shallow dish, stir together sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll out crescents. Dip a marshmallow in the butter, then the cinnamon sugar mixture then place it in the center of the crescent. Fold up the top two corners then roll the crescent up to the skinny end. Seal up all the edges super tight, making sure there are no holes. Repeat with remaining crescents and marshmallows.
- Place crescents on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If desired, mix together remaining butter and cinnamon sugar and brush it on the top of the crescents. Place in the oven and bake for 11-13 minutes or until crescents are light golden brown and puffy.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving.
I got this recipe from a friend at church, but there are versions of it all over the Internet. Who the originator is, I’m not sure, but they came up with one amazing sweet roll!