Sunday, April 8, 2012

Resurrection Rolls for Easter

Easter (2009)
My kids are older I know, but these are the cutest things ever. I had never heard of these before, let alone ever made them and I couldn't resist. What an AWESOME way to tell a Bible story to small children (or big children too)!

Resurrection Rolls
found at Eat at Allies

1 roll of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (or you can use Crescent Rolls)
8 large marshmallows (or one for each roll you’ll be making)
Melted butter
Cinnamon sugar

If you have young children (or old), this is a great family activity. Read John 19 while the oven is preheating to 350.

Unroll the Grand Biscuits and roll them out into a large circle (or use crescent rolls) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or sprayed). Explain that this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.

Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus, all white and pure because He was without sin. Roll the marshmallows in the melted butter. This symbolizes the embalming oils. Roll the marshmallows in the cinnamon sugar. This is like the spices used to prepare his body for burial.

Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll or grand biscuit, pinching the dough together securely. This is the cloth that represents how they wrapped Jesus’ body.

Put the rolls in the oven, symbolizing the tomb, and bake for 12 minutes.

While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.

John 20
The Empty Tomb
1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Open the (oven) tomb and remove the rolls. When they’re cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow, it disappears. This means Jesus is Risen, rejoice and celebrate.

Happy Easter!


  1. One of my daughters made these when she was in elementary school - such a cute idea. Have a blessed Easter.

  2. This is a beautiful, easy, understandable way to teach and reinforce a great lesson. I'd never heard of resurrection rolls, and my sons are married and out of state. Think I'll make a variation (sorry, not a "marshie" fan) with puff pastry and ball of cream cheese. It was a perfect blog post to read on Easter Sunday. Thank you!


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