Resurrection Rolls: a tasty way to share Easter with your kids

March 30, 2020 by Natalie Willis

Our family bakes resurrection rolls to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. In the past, we have made them on Good Friday, but this year decided to use the activity as a way to kick off Lent and start the conversations about Easter.

My kids are pretty young, so I assumed that I would have to re-explain the activity and its meaning again this year, but my six-year-old cut me off. He explained that the marshmallow was like the body of Christ; we rolled it in butter and cinnamon/sugar, or the clothes, and then wrapped it in the crescent dough, representing the cave.

While the rolls were in the oven, we talked about how Jesus wandered in the desert resisting the temptations of Satan. My kids did NOT resist the temptation to eat marshmallows and dip their fingers in sugar, but that's okay. They enjoyed watching me pull the rolls out of the oven and breaking one open to find an empty tomb!

I love seeing the excitement on their faces. We discussed the excitement created when Jesus rose from the dead to save all of us, just as he said he would.

What you’ll need:

16 large marshmallows
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup sugar
2 TBS cinnamon
2 (8 oz) cans crescent roll dough

How it works:

1. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl

2. Unroll crescent roll dough, and separate each roll along the perforations.

3. Roll marshmallows in melted butter, and then in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place one coated marshmallow in the middle of an unrolled crescent dough segment, and roll the marshmallow until completely covered by the dough, pushing in the sides as you go. Pinch seams on either end to seal each roll.

4. Place rolls on a pan, and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes.

5. Immediately after removing the rolls from the oven, brush with remaining melted butter and then sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve warm.

What it means:

The marshmallow represents Jesus. He has died on the cross and is being wrapped in cloth/clothing (the cinnamon-sugar mixture). Then He is placed in the tomb (the crescent roll dough). When the rolls come out of the oven and have cooled, have your child break it half. The marshmallow (Jesus) is gone!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Matthew 28:5-8