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Resurrection Rolls

Get the whole family involved in a fun Easter craft with these sweet, cinnamony Resurrection Rolls

Resurrection Rolls on a sheet pan with cinnamon sugar centers

Baked resurrection rolls on a sheet pan

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.

Sheet pan full of baked resurrection rolls

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).

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Then Jesus is placed in his grave clothes (the crescent roll) and wrapped up tight.

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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).

Resurrection rolls on a sheet pan

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.

Resurrection Roll pulled apart to see cinnamon sugar inside

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.

Resurrection Rolls

Prep Time 15 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 13 minsCook Time
Total Time 28 mins Total Time
Yields 8


  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 8 marshmallows
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a small, shallow dish.
  3. In another shallow dish, stir together sugar and cinnamon.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


Recipe Notes

You can also make these in a muffin tin lined with paper cupcake liners. This method helps contain the mess, but I've also noticed the marshmallow usually stays intact with this method, so I wouldn't use it if you're specifically trying to tell the resurrection story.
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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!

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  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 24, 2013, 7:54 AM

    That´s a story that would certainly have the kids attention. Interesting combination of flavors! They do sound amazing.

  • Katie March 24, 2013, 9:32 AM

    Ok – these rolls sound so yummy, and I love the story for the kids! Doubly great!

  • Jennifer Drummond March 24, 2013, 9:58 AM

    Oh my gosh, I need these cinnamon rolls! So beautiful!

  • Shannon March 24, 2013, 10:13 AM

    What a fun recipe to make with kids! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Renee Dobbs March 24, 2013, 10:14 AM

    Seriously goodness with cinnamon and crescent rolls. Fun story to share with kids while making them too.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood March 24, 2013, 9:55 PM

      They’re so easy and fun to make. Can’t complain when something requires getting your fingers covered in buttery cinnamon and sugar!

  • Sherron Nagle Watson March 24, 2013, 10:57 AM

    WOW…those looks gooey and delicious! My kids would love these. What a fun recipe.

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 24, 2013, 11:52 AM

    I’ve heard of resurrection rolls but never have I seen them explained so well, it makes much more sense now, lol! And, just as importantly, they look incredible. So sweet and gooey and yummy!

  • Beate @ The Not So Cheesy Kitc March 24, 2013, 12:18 PM

    They look great! My kids would love those as well – thank you for sharing along with the history 🙂 ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  • Cindys Recipes March 24, 2013, 12:25 PM

    Easy treat! Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz March 24, 2013, 1:17 PM

    Mmmmm….my kids would love these! And who knew you could teach religion via cinnamon rolls?

  • Sarah R March 24, 2013, 1:39 PM

    Wow! I’d be privileged to have these in Sunday School (that is if I went to Sunday School!)

  • Chef Di March 24, 2013, 1:42 PM

    I love this story!!! And I love that you shared it with us on a very special day, and start of an ever more special week! Can’t wait to try this, and share this story with my nieces and nephews…

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood March 24, 2013, 9:53 PM

      I thought it was pretty cool too, and a great way to share the story with kids. I’m sure it would keep their attention!

  • Webicurean March 24, 2013, 2:08 PM

    That’s an awesome story! It’s funny how so many yummy treats start with those crescent rolls!

  • Laura Hunter March 24, 2013, 2:56 PM

    I normally don’t like marshmallows but baking it like this in these cinnamon cresent rolls sounds good.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood March 24, 2013, 9:52 PM

      Yeah! They really don’t taste a whole lot like marshmallows–the mallow just gives it the gooey center that I love!

  • Family Foodie March 24, 2013, 4:26 PM

    I see some resurrection rolls in my future…. mmmmmm….

  • chocolatemoosey March 24, 2013, 4:27 PM

    Never heard of these, but I think it’s a great way to explain the story!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog March 24, 2013, 4:41 PM

    Cinnamon and marshmallow? Oh man. Oh boy. I want these rolls!

  • Lyn March 24, 2013, 5:23 PM

    Well! These resurrection rolls are a good look! 😀

  • MLuisa My cute bride March 25, 2013, 6:02 AM

    I think is the best way to tell the resurrection story, ever. I declare myself a hugh fan of your rolls since now.

  • Dora Warman March 31, 2013, 8:59 AM

    This was great!

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan March 27, 2014, 5:29 PM

    Courtney, I really want to make these with my daughter this year! I was going to look up a recipe but now I don’t even have to. You rock. PS I seriously love thinking of you wearing your gap t-shirt. It’s almost as bad as the tickle-me-elmo sweater I wore in 7th grade. It had a battery operated button that made Elmo laugh when you pushed on him.

    7th. Grade.

  • Laura Chin April 19, 2014, 6:28 PM

    ok, none of mine looked like that and I even tried the two crescent techique lol they all turned in to crescent blobs!

  • Timnas Indonesia April 29, 2014, 5:18 AM

    WOW…those looks gooey and delicious! My kids would love these. What a fun recipe.
    gambar payudara

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