We've been making Resurrection rolls for as long as I can remember – they're a sweet part of our Easter morning breakfast tradition and I think you'll love them too!
Resurrection Rolls Recipe
If you're looking for something special to make on Easter morning that also has a little object lesson for your family, this Resurrection Rolls recipe might be just the perfect thing to try out.
Back when my husband and I were first married, I made these rolls and we absolutely loved them. Somewhere along the way though, I completely forgot about them until a PPP reader reminded me about them, so we of course had to make them again.
Resurrection Rolls are one of those great recipes that use up a few Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (is it possible to mess up a Pillsbury Crescent Roll? we did of course use the reduced fat variety . . .), but are also just a fun treat to make each Easter. You might have also heard them called empty tomb rolls.
My kids help me make them, and promptly devour a few minutes after they pop out of the oven.
Why are these called Resurrection Rolls?
These rolls have a very interesting story and can be used as a great discussion tool for Easter. I love that these rolls offer a little object lesson on Easter (as well as make an amazing treat.)
Since you use a marshmallow for the recipe, and as the sweet rolls bake up the marshmallow disappears – the “tomb” is found empty.
We had an interesting discussion when my youngest was little and asked ~ “Momma, Why did Jesus have to die on that cross?”
The crescent rolls represent the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in, the white marshmallow represents Jesus because of His purity, the butter represents the embalming oils and the cinnamon sugar are examples of the spices used to prepare Christ's body for burial. Then the rolls themselves represent the empty tombs.
Side note – you can also use Peeps instead of marshmallows in this recipe and they work the same with an extra sugary crunch 🙂
These are a great treat any time of year, and we usually make a double batch because we love them just so much.
If you're looking for a unique way to share the Easter story with your kids, making up these Resurrection Rolls with their unique meaning would be just perfect.
- Butter or Margarine
- Large Marshmallows or Peeps
- Crescent Rolls
The great thing about this recipe too is that it is VERY forgiving. If you don't have crescent rolls, you could give it a try with puff pastry too! The cinnamon and sugar mixture is fantastic for the flavoring and you can customize the amount to your families liking. Adding Peeps candies instead of marshmallows adds another round of fun for the kiddos too if they're helping with this.
Resurrection Rolls Recipe
- 1 pkg Crescent Rolls
- 8 Marshmallows or Marshmallow Peeps
- 1/4 Cup Butter or Margarine Melted
- 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- Mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl
- In another bowl, melt margarine or butter
- Dip marshmallow into butter, then into cinnamon sugar mixture
- Roll marshmallow in crescent roll, pinching together at the seams
- Roll crescent roll in butter, and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture again
- Spray muffin cup liners with cooking spray, then place each crescent roll in muffin tin
- Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 - 14 minutes
Do you have any special treats that you plan to make this Easter? I'd love to hear from you in the comments as we're always looking for new ideas!
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