Easy Resurrection Rolls

Resurrection Rolls are a tasty and fun Easter treat that’s perfect for sharing the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection with kids!

These resurrection rolls (AKA “Empty Tomb Rolls”) are so easy to make and taste insanely yummy. Butter, cinnamon, marshmallows, and crescent rolls team up in this recipe to create a gooey sweet roll in just 16 minutes that’s the most delicious demonstration of the Resurrection story.

Closeup of baked resurrection rolls on a sheet pan.

Great Easter Desserts

Easter is a great time to cook and bake with your kids. Even if painting or dying hard boiled eggs isn’t your thing, there’s always plenty of ways to use that leftover Easter candy. I mean, why let those pastel colored M&Ms go stale when you could bake up a batch of Easter-themed Monster Cookie Bars, or mix up a bowl of spring colors White Chocolate Popcorn for movie-night?

Also, don’t rule out baking a special batch of our Mini Egg Cookies for the Easter potluck or your neighborhood egg hunt. Or, for the really young kiddos, nothing beats the no-bake simplicity of our gluten free Chocolate Robin’s Eggs Nests.

Still, as great as it is making any of these fun recipes with your kids, none can match the significance of sharing the Easter story of Jesus while baking these Resurrection Rolls. Now, how, might you ask, can a marshmallow and a crescent roll possibly share the story of Easter?

Sheet pan full of baked resurrection rolls.

How Can Rolls Share the Easter Story?

Resurrection Rolls are made by wrapping a marshmallow (which represents Jesus) in a crescent roll and baking it. Once baked, the marshmallow has miraculously vanished, leaving only a hollow sweet shell inside the dough (representing the empty tomb).

No one’s saying it’s a perfect object lesson, but Resurrection Rolls are a wonderful way to engage your kids in the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and there’s a delicious sweet treat to enjoy at the end. Sure beats a flannelgraph if you ask me.

Process of rolling up Resurrection rolls in crescent dough.

Ingredients for Easy Resurrection Rolls

Overhead of baked Resurrection rolls on a sheet pan.

How to Make Easter Resurrection Rolls

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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!
Resurrection Roll pulled apart to see cinnamon sugar inside.

Resurrection Rolls Tips and Notes

  • 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!
  • Once made, empty tomb rolls are, well… EMPTY. So you should enjoy them ASAP while they are still warm. Once they cool off they tend to deflate, so do not try to refrigerate or freeze them.
  • These rolls are an “on-demand” sort of recipe (NOT make-ahead friendly). Good thing this recipe only takes 16 minutes!
  • If you need a visual, be sure to check out the step-by-step video to see how to make 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.

Resurrection Rolls

Resurrection Rolls

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

Easy Resurrection Rolls are a tasty, cinnamon sugar treat that helps families share the story of Easter with their children.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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 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.
  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.
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.

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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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65 Comments

  1. I teach at a Christian preschool and I make these with my Pre-K class every year. I put them in muffin tins lined with parchment (I write each child’s name on the parchment) instead of using a baking sheet – that helps to contain the mess in case any of the marshmallows try to “escape”. They are always a hit and they’re a wonderful, hands-on way to teach the true story of Easter.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this tip! the parchment paper is a wonderful idea! I hope you had a great Easter!

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

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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…

    1. I really miss Sunday School although, I have been going for worship service and some Community Service Activities. As a widow, I’ve found most of the classes are for couples so I livestream FBC back home and do not Sunday School, as these classes have been awkward so far.

  7. 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!

      1. Can these rolls be made without all the sweetness and just have as dinner rolls for Easter 🐣?

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

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

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