Resurrection Rolls Easter Recipe

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, these Resurrection Rolls might be just the 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 try them out 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.


My kids help me make them, and promptly devour a few minutes after they pop out of the oven.


So why are they called Resurrection Rolls?


Well, you use a marshmallow for the recipe, but when the sweet rolls bake up, the marshmallow disappears, so 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?” 

Well, I love that these rolls offer a little object lesson on Easter (as well as make an amazing treat.) The crescent rolls represent the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in, the white marshmallow represents Christ 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.

After the Resurrection Rolls bake, the marshmallows “disappear” and the rolls represent the empty tomb.

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, these Resurrection Rolls might be just the treat in your home too.


Resurrection Rolls (we doubled the recipe)


  1. 1 package Crescent Rolls
  2. 8 marshmallows  or Peeps 🙂 
  3. 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  4. 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  5. 2 tbsp. sugar


  1. Mix together cinnamon and sugar in small bowl.  In another bowl melt margarine.
  2. Dip marshmallow into butter, then into cinnamon sugar.
  3. Roll marshmallow in crescent roll, pinching together at the seams.
  4. Roll crescent roll in butter, then cinnamon sugar again.
  5. Spray muffin cup liners with cooking spray, then place each crescent roll in muffin tin.
  6. Bake in 400 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.
  7. Enjoy! Makes 8 rolls.
*Note – you may want to put some aluminum foil underneath these while they're baking as the marshmallow goo tends to leak a bit.  

Do you have any special treats that you plan to make this Easter?  I'd love to hear what they are in the comments section . . . I'm always looking for new ideas!

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  1. No special treats to make just a THANK YOU for being so willing to share your faith. I pray the Lord’s blessings on you and your family!

  2. I am assuming based on the picture that these are made in muffin tins. However, that detail should probably be added to the recipe. Do you prefer to make them with the paper liners or without? It is also nice to add the yield — which appears to be 8 rolls – or 16 with it doubled. Thanks for sharing this recipe and I look forward to trying it!

    • Thanks Heidi – I should have included that! Yes, I made them in muffin tins (because the recipe I used before didn’t call for muffin tins and they were a mess.) 🙂 And yup, 8 rolls is right! I’ll add those to the post. 🙂

  3. Sounds great I think I will try these.

  4. Jan Schoessel says

    Oh, Laurie,
    What a great idea and lesson. I’ve never heard of these rolls but they sound delicious. I’m
    Going to have my granddaughters help me so we can talk about the lesson they represent.

  5. Hello!! Have you ever tried it with the “flaky” crescent rolls? Already have them in the fridge so just wondering 🙂

  6. I am just wondering if this is something I could take to a class party? I would take pictures of the steps in making them to show the kids. I just didn’t know if they would be good still later in the day.


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