Resurrection Rolls: An Easy Easter Treat

Mine are always far more mishapen than these...

Mine are always far more mishapen than these...


  • One can of crescent roll dough
  • 8 large marshmallows (or one for each roll you’ll be making)
  • Melted butter
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Bible or Easter storybook
  • Assemble rolls and read the story:

    1. Read John 19 while the oven is pre-heating according to the package directions. If you’re really on top of things, spend the week before reading John 12-18 with your kids.

    2. Unroll the crescent rolls. Explain that this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.

    3. Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus… all white and pure because He was without sin.

    4. Roll the marshmallows in the melted butter. This symbolizes the embalming oils.

    5. Roll the marshmallows in the cinnamon sugar. This is like the spices used to prepare his body for burial.

    6. Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll cloth, pinching the dough together securely. Don’t worry about the shape so much, they’ll taste the same no matter how you roll or bundle them. This represents how they would have wrapped Jesus’ body. I like to brush them with more melted butter, but it’s not necessary.

    7. Put the rolls in the oven (symbolizing the tomb) and bake for the amount of time specified on the package.

    8. While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.

    9. Open the tomb and remove the rolls. When they’re cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow. Jesus is risen! At this point, I also read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. Jesus is coming again!

    Beware: One year, when Soliel was six, she bit into her roll and discovered that the marshmallow hadn’t quite melted and said, “Hey, Jesus is still in here!” She was very disappointed!

    Note: I am certainly not the first person to post this idea, and I can’t remember where I first heard of it. We did it with my preschoolers back when I was a teacher. I can’t find anywhere who first thought of this so I can credit them. If you know, you can leave it in the comments. Otherwise, to God be the glory :)

    Thank you, Photoxpress

    Note: This post originally appeared in 2010, and it’s been a big hit, so I thought I’d post it again.

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    1. This is so awesome and it sounds delicious. Thanks for the tip. I will attribute it to you.
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    2. I had read this idea somewhere before, but not in such detail. We might have to try it!
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    3. My precious sister-in-law does this every year with her young kids at BSF…I will need to do it this year with my four year old….thanks for the reminder.
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    4. Such a good idea! I have heard of this idea before, but haven’t seen the instructions as thought-out as yours. Thanks for sharing!
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    5. Oh honey this is wonderful. I am too old to have not heard of these before. You know when you use object lessons they really stick. You can bet that your girls will never forget the story of our Lord for a variety of reasons–but this is such a cool way for them to share it with others.
      I love how you love them.

    6. These look very yummy! We may have to try these this year instead of the Resurrection cookies:)

    7. love that idea! that is so neat and gets the point across!

    8. This is a great idea! I’ve seen the cookies that you leave in overnight and they rise and are empty but I’ve never seen the rolls. Sounds great!

    9. We did this same thing! My 4yo was so surprised that the marshmallow was gone!
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    10. I will be trying this out with my 4-year-old!

    11. LOVE the idea of these!!!! Thank you so much for posting this!
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    12. LOVE this idea! It’s on my list for this week’s activities with my kids and my daycare kids!
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    14. What a wonderful idea. I’ll try this with my grandkids.

    15. Have you seen this one before?
      Yours sound easier and yummier, though. Thanks!

    16. island girl says:

      I’ve never heard of these! Thank you for posting :-)

    17. I just posted this recipe this morning myself! It’s such a fun, simple way to illustrate the Easter story to young children!
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    18. This is eerily similar to the Pagan Ostara treats that are made. Its interesting to see how Christianity has so many Pagan traditions.

    19. These are eerily similar to the Pagan Ostara treats that are made. Interesting to continue to see the Pagan roots of Christianity.

    20. LisaRose says:

      What a fab thing to do … but sadly we don’t get crescent dough in NZ. Would anyone know if I can substitute puff pastry? Or is it more of a biscuit pastry? Thanks muchly :)

    21. A friend of mine had a few of us over with our kids and made these with the kids. It was so fun and memorable for the kids! It will definitely be a tradition we do in coming years!
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    22. Cannot thank you enough for this fabulous recipe! We made it this week – and I reposted it, changed it around a bit and did a total photo shoot with it and hope it is okay with YOU! I gave you full credit – hope it is okay! Thank you again for a superb (and dare I say DELISH) recipe that really brings the history of the resurrection alive.

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    23. I love this idea we are going to do it tonight.
      I hope you don’t mind I am going to re-post this on my blog. I will make sure to credit you for it!
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    24. We just made these!! They are so delicious! My 8 year old loved hearing the meaning with it.Thanks again!

    25. Made these with our kids today, reading the scriptures and explaining the symbolism. Very powerful. Thank you so much for posting this. This is my new favorite Easter tradition. God bless you.

    26. Pamela says:

      I just did them with my kids. I loved it, and want to do it every year. But, my oldest doesn’t understand symbolism yet, so through the evening he kept talking about the ‘marshmallow Jesus’ and ‘Jesus melted.’ Which was cute, but I hope we can do it with a little more reverence next time :-P

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    28. I have actually never herd of these before and look forward to trying this this Easter. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions. (found you via pinterest)

    29. Thank you for the very thorough explanation. We made these today.

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    33. Gaylene says:

      I did this for my 8 year old activity day girls. They loved it. We acted out the story while the rolls were in the oven. How Mary was the first person to see and talk to Christ as the risen Lord. She must have been a pretty special person to have Christ appear to her first.
      I would either use 2 crescent rolls per large marshmallow or maybe use mini-marshmellows. When I pulled them out of the oven, they were bursting with marshmallow. As they cooled, the marshmallow shrunk back down. They girls said it was his burial clothes that Peter and John saw folded up in the tomb. I thought that was pretty good idea. I told them that the sweet deliciousness was the atonement, and how we can all use the atonement in our lives. It is sweet and wonderful to have.

    34. Stephanie K. says:

      While I don’t know if it was an original idea or not, the first time I made these was 18-19 years ago as a suggested activity for my third grade VBS class. The recipe was include with all the teacher help information (not sure which box curriculum we used that year). However, they had us use canned biscuits that we rolled out to make them thinner. Two summers later the kids that had been in my class came up and asked me if I remembered making “Empty Tomb Rolls” with them. Several of the kids were from non-christian homes, so it was awesome to know that the lesson really made a memory for them.

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