Thursday, April 2, 2009

Resurrection Rolls

Last year I shared a recipe for Resurrection Cookies that I make with my children each year on Holy Saturday. This year I thought I would share another great recipe, which is also full of symbolism, and is a great hands-on way to tell the story of Christ's Resurrection to children.

Resurrection Rolls

What you will need:

  • 1 package Crescent Rolls, divided into triangles
  • Butter, melted
  • 8 large Marshmallows
  • Cinnamon/Sugar mixture
  • 8 squares of foil (with child's name written on it if desired), sprayed with cooking spray
  • Cookie Sheet


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.

Have the child dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.

Next, have the child dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar. This represents the spices used to anoint the body.

Demonstrate how to 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. (Optional: Have each child work on a square of foil with their name written in permanent marker on the foil to easily identify after baking.)

Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb--pretend that it has been three days!

While waiting for the rolls to bake, use Resurrection Eggs or a child's Picture Bible and tell the story of Christ's Passion and Resurrection.

When the rolls have cooled slightly, the children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!

The rolls will be hollow because the marshmallow melted. While the children enjoy the rolls, explain that knowing Jesus is alive and He loves us feels so good, like the rolls taste good and sweet.

Update: I posted pictures of my children making these rolls here.

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  1. Our kids LOVE this! We call them "Easter Tombs." We also found this works wells in muffin tins. It's a little less messy and keeps its shape.

  2. Thanks for the recipe and idea! It was a big hit!