Resurrection Rolls

by | Apr 9, 2009 | Easter, Holy Saturday, Kids in the Kitchen, Lent, Recipes | 6 comments

Each year my children and I make Resurrection Cookies on Holy Saturday. Last year I saw a few different recipes for “Resurrection Rolls” or “Empty Tomb Rolls” which I thought would be fun to do this year too! I couldn’t remember where I first saw the recipe posted until Jamie just linked back to her post from last year, and I saw my comment! Seeing that confirmed that I really need to find a better way of “remembering” posts that I want to use in the future!! (Starring them in Google Reader is just not enough since I rarely find the time to look back through the starred posts.)

Anyhow, since we will be at Baseball and a Birthday Party most of Holy Saturday, we made the rolls today. I posted the recipe at Catholic Cuisine last week, but I thought I’d take a second to share it here (with pictures!) as well:

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, 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.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. (Ours took 15 minutes.) The oven represents the tomb–pretend that it has been three days!

While waiting for the rolls to bake, we read the story of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection from our Picture Bible, and added the Jesus Tree symbol to our tree for today. Tomorrow I’ll pull out the Resurrection Eggs!)

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

This one was our favorite (made by Rascal, all by himself!):

The rolls will be hollow because the marshmallow melted.

Well, our rolls broke open while in the oven! It was so cute when I pulled them out and all my children’s mouths dropped open, and then they asked “WHERE DID THE MARSHMALLOWS GO!!!” I asked if they had any ideas? Rascal got all excited and said, “I KNOW!! The Marshmallow was Jesus and he rises from the dead on Easter!!! Now the roll looks like an Empty Tomb!”

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.

This was such fun!! I am sure we will be making these again. In fact, if my children have anything to do with it, we won’t be waiting until next Lent, either! They are already asking if they can make them again!


  1. Anonymous

    You can make these (Balloon Buns) using regular bread dough, frozen bread dough, or biscuit dough from a tube, too.

    Your kids are so cute, and the pictures are great.

  2. Shauna

    I discovered your blog a couple of months ago and I have had so much fun learning from you.
    I am a new convert to the Catholic Faith and I love getting ideas from you on how to celebrate the year.
    Your children are beautiful and you and your whole family are an inspiration to me.
    I really want to start a little Flower Club, maybe in the fall 🙂

    God Bless,

  3. Jamie Jo

    I love the symbolism of the butter and cinnamon and sugar, wow, I had not heard that part of it. Your post is so much better, thank you.

    You, Barbara (Praying for Grace) and Waltzing Maltida are my resources!!

    Your Holy Thursday Tea looked wonderful, I will have to do it next year for sure! (Assuming I will have no broken bones)

    God Bless,love to you and your family!

  4. Megan

    I’ve seen recommended as a way to keep ideas from websites organized. I haven’t tried it, but it sounds good. You’re supposed to be able to organize the sites into categories. You might try looking into it for organizing ideas.

  5. Anshi

    Hi Jessica,
    I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I loved this symbolic representation of making the Resurrection Rolls. This is such a nice way to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection. Thank you.
    God Bless you all!

    Love…. Mary

  6. Smilie girl

    Thank you for this! I am looking forward to making it with my Sunday School class.


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