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Resurrection Rolls

I made these Resurrection Rolls on Easter morning every year when my kids were growing up. Now my daughters make them for their kids. We also tell the Easter (Resurrection) story as we make them and read the scriptures from the Bible as we prepare them and eat them. Here’s the story:

Crescent Rolls, marshamllows, butter and cinnamon

1. Read the following scriptures as you are making the rolls, stating: The crescent rolls represent the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in. The marshmallows represent Jesus. The cinnamon and sugar represent the spices used to anoint Jesus’ body.

crescent rolls with marshmallows dipped in butter and cinnamon-sugar

Matthew 27:57-61: “57As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

Rolls ready to bake

2. After the rolls have baked, read the following scriptures while opening up the rolls, stating than when the tomb was opened Jesus was not there, as the rolls are “empty”, and He has risen! The oven represents the tomb.

Matthew 28:5-8: “5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you. 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 8 rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tube Crescent rolls (8 rolls)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 8 large marshmallows

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix together cinnamon and sugar mixture in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Unwrap crescent rolls, which represent the cloth Jesus was wrapped in.

  3. Dip the marshmallows, which represent Jesus, in the melted butter, which represent the oils of embalming.

  4. Dip the butter coated marshmallows into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, which represent the spices used to anoint Jesus' body, and place each marshmallow on the wide edge of the crescent rolls.

  5. Wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside). This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after his death.

  6. Place each roll on a parchment-lined cookie sheet (in case they leak, which happens more often than I'd like). Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden. The oven represents the tomb. Let the rolls cool slightly once they are done.

  7. When the rolls are opened you discover that they are empty (the marshmallow has melted), representing Jesus is no longer in the tomb, but He has risen!

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