Resurrection Rolls – a delicious Easter treat that teaches your family about the true meaning of Easter. The rolls look like empty tombs when they are finished baking!
I’m always looking for fun new ways to teach my kids, especially when it comes to teaching them the gospel. So when a friend told me about Resurrection Rolls a few years ago I knew I needed to start this tradition with my family. It’s a creative way to teach them about the crucifixion and glorious resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The real reason we celebrate Easter. Each ingredient represents an important part of the resurrection story. My kids are always wanting to be in the kitchen with me so being able to cook with them AND teach them about such an important event is a win-win for me.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate but sometimes I think we can get side tracked with the commercialism of Easter. I mean who doesn’t love the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts and baskets filled with all the yummy Easter candy. But to me, Easter is all about personal spiritual growth and renewal. I want my children to appreciation the true meaning of Easter as they get older.
How to make Resurrection Rolls:
STEP 1: Get your ingredients out and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gather your family together. While the oven is pre-heating read about the crucifixion in Matthew 27:45-66 in the New Testament .
STEP 2: Unroll the crescent rolls and separate the triangles. Explain that the crescent rolls represent the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.
STEP 3: Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus. It’s white and unblemished because He was without sin.
STEP 4: Roll the marshmallow in a small bowl of water. Explain that this symbolizes the embalming oils they used to use to preserved the body.
STEP 5: Next, roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. This represents the spices they used to prepare his body for His burial.
STEP 6: Then, place the marshmallow in the crescent roll triangle at the wide edge. Then wrap the dough around the marshmallow while pinching the sides together to secure it tightly. This represents how they neatly wrapped Jesus body. Make sure that you that there are no openings because the marshmallow will ooze out if there is an open seam.
STEP 7: Repeat steps for each marshmallow. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the rolls inside the oven, which represents the tomb. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until they are golden brown.
STEP 8: Read John 20:1-18 while the rolls are baking. These scriptures teach us about the events of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
STEP 9: Remove the rolls from the tomb. After they have cooled for a few minutes, give each child a roll to open. This is when they will discover that the marshmallow disappeared and the roll is hollow. Symbolizing how Jesus had been resurrected after the 3rd day.
I hope you will be in inspired to make these rolls with your kids while teaching them about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Just so you know these rolls are SO delicious that we actually make them a couple times throughout the year! It’s a really yummy breakfast recipe. Enjoy!