Friday, April 18, 2014

Resurrection Rolls

Whoever came up with these wonderful rolls really deserves some credit. I have seen them here and there on Pinterest, and wanted to give them a try so I could make them for my grandchildren. They are  delicious, and a really great way of illustrating the "Empty Tomb" for the little ones, in fact, the other name for these rolls is "Empty Tomb Rolls".  A marshmallow is used in the center which when baked, melts and disappears.  It creates a yummy addition to these sticky rolls, and demonstrates the empty tomb.  They are fun to make, and delightful to young and old alike.

Here is a special way you can use these rolls to teach your little ones about Jesus: You can read from John 19-20 (or any of the gospel versions you prefer). Then as you make your rolls let them help, and tell them what each part represents:

The marshmallow represents Jesus.
The butter represents the anointing preparations (aloes and myrrh).
The cinnamon and sugar represents the  spices.
The roll represents the tomb.
Into the oven they go; that represents three days in the tomb.
On the Third day Jesus is resurrected from the dead and is no longer in the tomb: Open a roll and it is empty; no more marshmallow.

Use a bread dough of choice (some people use crescent rolls, I used frozen bread dough for these).

Stretch and roll out your dough.

Dip a marshmallo in melted butter.

Next, dip and roll it in a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Place in the center of a piece of dough.

Close the dough around the marshmallow and pinch the dough tightly together.

Roll the rolls in the butter and cinnamon sugar mixture again.  Place in greased baking pan.  Drizzle with a little more butter.

Sprinkle with nuts (these remind me of the rocks around the tomb.)

Allow to rise until doubled.

Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes.

They are delicious and gooey on the bottom like Monkey bread.

Slice them open before eating, to see the empty tomb.

Resurrection Rolls

Bread dough (I liked meaningfulmama's version, you can also use frozen bread dough, or refrigerator crescent rolls; you can find these at the health food store that doesn't have the transfats).
Brown Sugar  or Sucanat
Chopped Nuts

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together cinnamon and brown sugar in desired amount.
  3. Roll and stretch a roll at a time.
  4. Take a marshmallow, dip in butter and roll in the cinnamon and sugar mixture
  5. Place in the center of the stretched out roll.
  6. Wrap the dough around the marshmallow, pinching the ends to make sure of a good closure.
  7. Dip the roll in butter and cinnamon mixture again.
  8. Place each roll side by side in a greased baking dish.
  9. When all rolls are in the baking dishes, drizzle with a little more butter, and top with chopped nuts.
  10. Bake for 18-22 minutes.
  11. Slice open each roll to show the little ones the empty tomb.  
  12. Eat and enjoy

Blessings to you all.

After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

John 20:26 -29


  1. Pam these look Amazing! You have inspired me to give them a try!

  2. What a neat idea. I have already made Hot Cross Buns, dinner rolls and Challah bread. Thinking I am going to have to make these also!

    Got all the ingredients for your potato recipe. Enjoying my day off getting ready for family.

    Have a wonderful Easter.


  3. With the frozen dough did you let it thaw out?

  4. We make these every year but we use crescent rolls ;-) The kids helps and I tell the story to them. Love it!

    Happy Easter Pam~


  5. Daisy,
    I thawed the rolls out the night before in the refrigerator. I put them in a ziplock bag all nicely laid flat, and they were thawed just right in the morning.

  6. Pam! These were great! I had a little issue with the thawing and rising! Like too long a time lol! But I had more in the freezer and used some of the risen dough which turned out good anyway!