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Resurrection Rolls Recipe

Looking for a fun and memorable way to tell your kids the story of Jesus’ burial and resurrection? This Resurrection Roll recipe (including the resurrection story to tell while you make them together) is a deliciously simple visual of the empty tomb we celebrate on Easter Sunday.  


  • 16 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 (8-oz.) cans crescent roll dough

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Step 2

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

Step 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 sides as you go. Pinch seams on either end to seal each roll.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Explain as you make together

The marshmallow represents Jesus: Pure, white, sinless, and perfect.  Unfortunately, even though Jesus was perfect, there were people who hated him. They wanted him dead. So they crucified him on a cross and left him to die there. 

(while rolling the marshmallow in cinnamon sugar mixture) Jesus’s friends and family were very sad when Jesus died. They loved him. They wanted him to be alive. They were sad and confused.  But what Jesus’s disciples didn’t know was that Jesus didn’t JUST die. He also took all of our sins (the bad things we do) upon himself. He took our punishment so we wouldn’t have to!  See how the cinnamon looks dirty on Jesus’s body? The cinnamon represents our sin that Jesus took away when he died.

(while wrapping the marshmallow in crescent roll) Jesus’s friends and family didn’t know this, though. They thought he was just dead. So they buried him in a tomb and closed the door tight with a huge rock so no one could get in or out. This resurrection crescent roll represents Jesus’s tomb. Can you see the marshmallow in there? You can’t because the tomb is sealed up tightly. Nothing can get in or out.

(cut the roll open – the marshmallow should be gone) Three days later, some of Jesus’s friends and family went back to his tomb. But, when they came to his tomb, they saw the most incredible thing! Do you know what it was?  The tomb was empty! Jesus came back from the dead and he’s still alive today, watching over us and helping take care of us from Heaven!

Read the resurrection story in Luke 23-24. 

Recipe courtesy of SOUTHERN LIVING   Tutorial video CLICK HERE
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