Easter Resurrection Rolls


I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26

I have seen these rolls all over Pinterest for years and I kept telling myself, "One year I will remember to do these!" But I forgot, was busy... and ladies at last, I remembered!

These tasty little rolls (think cinnamon rolls with a twist) do not disappoint and I plan to keep this dessert in our family's baking tradition for Easter time. They are easy to make and more than being tasty I love the Easter symbolism that I am able to share with my children while making them. The overall idea is that the marshmallow baked inside the dough melts leaving a hole resembling the empty tomb when Christ rose from the dead.

What are you waiting for?! Go gather your helpers and don't forget the aprons!


I simplified this recipe from allrecipes.com. The original recipe includes walnuts (yum!) but I decided to omit them since I was baking for a church function and wanted to avoid nut allergies. I also added more cinnamon. Her recipe includes icing if you would like to drizzle some on top.

Click here to print my simplified recipe for 24 resurrection rolls.


Cupcake pans Cupcake liners

Ingredients: 1/3 cup white sugar 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon 3 (8 oz) cans refrigerated crescent rolls (or if you prefer - click here for dough recipe for a bread maker) 24 large marshmallows 1/3 cup melted butter


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. (oils of embalming) 3. In a bowl combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. (spices used to anoint the body) 4. Dip 1 marshmallow in melted butter and then roll in sugar mixture. (body of Jesus prepared for burial)

RollsDipper.jpg 5. Place marshmallow on the wide end of triangle and roll dough around the marshmallow to the opposite point. (the wrapping of Jesus' body or the tomb)

6. Cover the marshmallow with the dough completely and pinch the edges to form a seal. IMPORTANT! If you have little ones double-check that they have their dough sealed tightly otherwise the marshmallow escapes into a runny mess.RollsRollers.jpg

7. Dip tops of dough into remaining butter and sugar mixture. Optional.

8. Place in cupcake liner and pan with the sealed side down. We learned the hard way. You're welcome. ;)RollsUp.jpg

9. Place in oven (the tomb) and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. When finished, remove from pan immediately and cool on wire racks. 10. Then break the roll open and enjoy the surprise! (the empty tomb or the empty cloths) There may be some marshmallow marvelousness left at the bottom.

If you're hoping for a great "reveal" picture of the resurrection roll/empty tomb... um, I forgot to take one. Yup. So you'll have to make these and see the end result for yourself! I love any activities or recipes that reinforce the "reason for the season" - it's not just a Christmas slogan - it can even include Easter! What are some of your favorite Easter desserts and treats? If you're looking for a more healthy version of coffee-cake to share check out Kelly's Clean(er) Coffee Cake recipe from last week! AmandaSignature