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Resurrection Rolls – Celebrate the Resurrection

I’m sure you will share the joy with your children today as you hide and hunt Easter eggs all over the beautiful Tyler landscape, but in addition to engaging in this time honored Easter pastime, why not also remind your children the real meaning of this most-important Christian holiday? Here is a fun way to remind your family why we celebrate Easter!

Absolutely delightful, Resurrection Rolls are buttery, cinnamon sugary crescent rolls. Does it get much better than that? In addition to tasting wonderful, the making of these Easter treats also tells the historical account of the Resurrection, making the story come to life for your family. Though many families use this activity on Easter Sunday, my family spent one night this week baking and getting ready for the big day! Even my teenagers (and soon-to-be teenagers), thoroughly enjoyed this activity!

Here is what you will need:

1 Can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
1 Bag Marshmallows
Cinnamon-Sugar Mix
Melted Butter (a few tablespoons)

You’ll also need these baking items:

Cookie Sheet to Bake Resurrection Rolls
Large Cutting Board to Assemble Rolls
A Wooden Spoon to Mark Nail Prints


This is where the art of baking and reading will combine into a powerful resurrection history for your kids, and really your entire family! So often we call it “The Easter Story” but truly, the Resurrection is not merely a story. Keep in mind: these events really happened! So, help make these real events come to life for your family. If you really want to make this experience meaningful, read through both the directions on making Resurrection Rolls and the entire scriptures. This will give you and your family an idea of what you are doing and how it fits with the biblical account of Jesus’ Resurrection. If you can think of additional scriptures, by all means, use them as well.

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We began by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. As the oven was warming, we had plenty of time to read John 19 together and begin to assemble the Resurrection Rolls. Here are the steps we followed:

Assemble everything you need: food ingredients, cookie sheet, and Bible. Lay these items out on the counter; you will need all of them. And I have learned something over the years of cooking with my children—it is best to have everything laid out beforehand, because when the action begins, it gets really CHAOTIC!
Gather the family around and read John 19 just after you turn the oven on.
Break open the can of crescent rolls, and as you slam it against the side of the counter, remind everyone that Jesus was beaten for our sins.

Unroll the crescent rolls, and divide them into four different triangles. Remind everyone that Jesus’ clothing was divided into four.
Examine the dough, and remind everyone that Jesus was wrapped in a cloth. Separate it into eight rectangles.
Give each family member a marshmallow, and explain that the marshmallow represents Jesus—white and pure because He had no sin.
Roll each marshmallow in melted butter, which symbolizes the embalming oils.
Roll each marshmallow in cinnamon and sugar mixture, which are like the spices used to prepare His body for burial. Make seven, leaving one crescent roll plain.

Place each buttered/cinnamon-sugared marshmallow in the center of a crescent roll triangle. Roll dough around the marshmallow, smoothing and pinching it completely together. If you do not do this well, the marshmallow will ooze out while cooking (I’m speaking from experience!).


Take one crescent roll wrapped in marshmallow, and dip it into the butter. Then, dip it into the cinnamon sugary mixture. This represents the stone that was rolled away.

Put the rolls into the “tomb” oven and bake them for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
While the rolls were baking, we read John 20:1–18. This was a great occasion to remember how each cooking element represented another part of the story.

Open the tomb and remove the rolls. Note how the stone has rolled away from the rolls. (It really will look this way!) When cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the pure, white marshmallow. Jesus is gone; He is risen!
Now, read I Thessalonians 4:16–18 and share that Jesus is coming again!

I hope your family has a great time baking, reading, and remembering the story of Easter together. I know some families who get the rolls ready to cook the night before Easter, put them in the oven, turn the oven on early in the morning before the children wake up, and experience the “Resurrection” on Easter morning. We made ours a bit early. Either way, this is a great and fun way to help your family concentrate on the real meaning of Easter…and it doesn’t hurt that you get to eat some really tasty treats!

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