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Easy Resurrection Rolls for Easter With Printable Story

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Can you believe Easter is next week?  One of our favorite traditions on Easter morning is to make Resurrection Rolls (Also called Empty Tomb Rolls).  They are so yummy and fun for kids to make on their own or with their parents! These rolls are more than just a fun Easter treat, though!  They are wonderful way to teach kids about the Resurrection of Christ.

resurrection rolls recipe

The first time I made this delicious treat was when I was student teaching.  I was a family and consumer science teacher in my former life. This recipe was being made in the middle school foods class I was helping teach.  The students loved making them and I was surprised I had never had them before!

Since then, and as long as I can remember, it has become an Easter tradition.  I make them on Easter Sunday every year!  My kids think these Resurrection Rolls are the absolute best and love to help me make them.

I figured it was time I had this wonderful recipe on my site!  And to make it extra special, I wrote a little story to read to your children as you make the rolls. This is a story about a mother making the rolls with her children. She teaches her kids how to make them and tells what each step represents in the story of Jesus and his resurrection. It’s a sweet and simple story. At the end, the recipe is also included in the printable!

Making these Easter rolls helps teach young children the true meaning of Easter!

Symbolism of the Resurrection Rolls:

  • The finished roll represents the the empty tomb.
  • The marshmallow represents Christ’s body
  • Dipping the marshmallow in butter represents anointing the body with oil.
  • The cinnamon and sugar represent the spices used on Jesus’ body.
  • Wrapping the marshmallow in the crescent dough represents wrapping Jesus’ body in linens.

Download the Easter Resurrection Roll Recipe & story now!

How to Make Resurrection Rolls:

These rolls are easy to make and you just need a few simple ingredients!

1 can of refrigerated crescent roll dough (you can also use your own homemade dough or Rhodes rolls)

8 large marshmallows

1/4 cup melted butter

2 tablespoons Cinnamon

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Baking Instructions for Resurrection Rolls: 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a baking sheet or a muffin pan, or line them with parchment paper.

Open the crescent roll pan and separate the rolls into individual triangles. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Melt the butter.

Dip a large marshmallow into the butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Place the marshmallow on the center of the the dough. Wrap the dough around the marshmallow making sure to tightly seal it.

Place rolls on the prepared baking pan. I like doing them in a muffin tin because they look nicer, but either way works well! Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow them to cool for a couple of minutes before eating. When you bite into these rolls, the inside of the roll will be hollow and empty just as the tomb was on the third day!  It is the perfect object lesson.

While the rolls cook it is a great time to read the Bible passages that tell the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Teach them about God’s love for them!

Print out the recipe and the Resurrection Roll story now!

This is a perfect Holy Week activity to do with your children.  It would also be a fun activity to use as a Sunday school teacher.

See more fun Easter Activities for Families:

The Easter Story in Eggs: Resurrection Eggs
Stations of the Cross Printable Book
Christ-Centered Easter Week
Bunny Hop Number Line
Easter Math Puzzles

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