Resurrection Rolls

Today, I’m sharing a different kind of recipe.  It doubles as an object lesson for kids.  I know most of you have probably seen this recipe about a billion times across the web, but our story is a bit different, so I’m sharing it anyway.

What you need:

-Crescent Rolls (I make mine using my Calzone dough, but you can buy them from the store)
-Full size marshmallows
-Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
-Melted butter (I usually start with about 1/3 cup and add more if needed)

What to do:

  1. (Preheat oven to 350 degrees.) Take a marshmallow and show it to your kids. Ask: “What color is this marshmallow?” When they say it’s white, agree with them. Remind them that white represents clean and pure, just like Jeus because He never sinned.  He was perfect.
  2. Dip the marshmallow in butter.  Show your kids the cinnamon sugar and ask them what color it is.  (Brown).  Say, “Yes, this cinnamon sugar is brown, just like dirt. Sin is filth to God.” Roll the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar.  Say “The Bible tells us that Jesus, who never sinned, was made to be sin for us.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  3. Place the marshmallow in the center of a crescent roll. Say: “Jesus took on our sin, and our punishment. He was crucified. He died on the cross for us.” Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll, being careful to seal all the edges.
  4. Say: “When Jesus died, they placed him in the tomb and left them there.” Place your crescent roll tomb onto a baking sheet and allow the children to help make the rest of them.
  5. Leave your rolls in the oven for 10-12 minutes. After they are out of the oven and have cooled, say, “Just like we left our rolls in the oven, Jesus’ body was left in the tomb.  What do you think happened when they went back after 3 days?” Break apart one of the rolls. Jesus’ body (the marshmallow) is gone, and the “tomb” is empty.  Tell your children, “When they went back to the tomb, they didn’t find Jesus there.  They were told that he is not there because He has risen.” (Luke 24:6)
I’m very excited today to offer my first ever printable :)  There are a few mistakes/typos that I didn’t catch before PDF’ing it, but I hope you enjoy.
What are your  favorite Easter traditions?



  1. Jenni Rust says

    Love this! Rolling the pure Jesus in the dirt = genius. Every kid knows about dirt! =) Thanks, Crystal!

  2. Brenda H. says

    I really like this. Thank-you for sharing. Yours has more detail and theology than any other I have seen. I can tell where your heart is.

  3. says

    Love this recipe! We did this last year for the first time, and my then-6yo asked quite solemnly, “Did the marshmallow go to Heaven?” My post tomorrow is a compilation of links with Easter resources, and I’d like to add yours, Crystal!

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