Are you looking for an Easter tradition that helps young children understand Christ’s resurrection? Making this Easter Resurrection Rolls recipe is a fun way to explain what happened on that first Easter morning so long ago.
Kids are amazed by Resurrection Rolls, because when they are made, a big marshmallow is placed in the middle of the roll. But when they bite into the baked roll, the roll is empty!
Get the correlation to Easter?
Easter Resurrection Rolls with Scripture Readings
When we make Resurrection Rolls, we like to read scripture as we go. I’ll walk you through our process before giving you the short version of the recipe at the end.
As we pull out the marshmallow to get started, we read 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV).
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The marshmallow is white, which represents Jesus’ purity. We talk about how Jesus was pure, holy, and completely sinless. We discuss how he took all of our sins and died on the cross, because someone had to pay the penalty for sin.
As the kids dip the marshmallow in butter and roll it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture, we read John 19:38-40 (NIV).
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now, Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in a piece of linen.
The cinnamon/sugar mixture represents the spices that were placed on Jesus’ body. After the marshmallow is covered in spice, it is placed in the crescent dough and wrapped up — just as Jesus’ body was wrapped in linen.
Right before we place the rolls in the oven, we read Matthew 27:65-66 (NIV).
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
The rolls now look like rocks, much like the rock that was placed in front of Jesus’ tomb. We discuss how Jesus’ tomb was guarded, so that nobody could come and steal his body. There was no way out.
After the Resurrection Rolls are baked, we read the resurrection story as they cool.
Luke 24:1-8 (NIV).
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.
We carefully cut into the rolls.
They’re hollow — empty, just as Jesus’ tomb was empty on Easter!
What a joyous way to begin Easter morning, before we head off to church!
Easter Resurrection Rolls Recipe
Grab your printable Easter Resurrection Rolls recipe with scripture here. Scroll down for the regular recipe card.
- 1 tube Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls
- 8 large marshmallows
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 2 TBSP cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Prepare cookie sheet by covering with parchment paper.
- Mix cinnamon and sugar together on a plate.
- Dip a marshmallow in butter, then roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture until covered.
- Place marshmallow in center of one crescent roll dough triangle. Fold up the sides of the dough and seal to cover marshmallow.
- Place dough covered marshmallow on parchment covered cookie sheet.
- Repeat with remaining marshmallows.
- Bake rolls at 350° for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
- Let cool a little before eating.
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