Resurrection Rolls are a tasty and fun Easter craft that’s perfect for sharing the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection with kids!
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 disappearing marshmallow rolls for the holiday.
These resurrection 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. 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?
How to Make Easter Resurrection Rolls
- Start by gathering all your ingredients together. Mix up a bowl of cinnamon and sugar. Melt some butter. Grab some marshmallows and open and separate a tube of crescent rolls.
- Bring the kiddos to the table. Begin the story by telling them about Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. You might want to read Mark 15 and 16 together.
- Now, share what each of the ingredients represents. Have the children each take a marshmallow, which represents Jesus. Have them dip the marshmallows in the butter and then roll it in the cinnamon and sugar. This represents the way the women prepared Jesus for burial by anointing him with oil and spices.
- Place each marshmallow in the center of a crescent roll and wrap it up, tucking and sealing the ends well. The crescent roll represents Jesus’ grave clothes.
- 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). While the rolls bake, the marshmallow will disappear, leaving behind nothing but a sweet, cinnamon sugar coating in the center.
- Remove the rolls from the oven. Once they are cool enough to handle, have the children pull apart the rolls to reveal the (now invisible) marshmallow. Tell them about Jesus’ resurrection and how, when the women arrived at the tomb they found it empty. Jesus had risen from the dead!
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!
Watch the video to see a step by step of these Easy Resurrection Rolls!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter, and that the great gift of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection brings 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 and divide along perforations. 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g
Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.
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!