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Resurrection Rolls

Want to have some fun in the kitchen while teaching your kids the precious story of Easter? Try this easy recipe for resurrection rolls and story guide!


  • 1 can of large crescent roll dough
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • melted butter
  • cinnamon sugar
  • Bible


  1. Preheat oven according to package directions for the crescent rolls. While the oven is preheating, read John 19 with the kids. Want to give them an even better “backstory”? Start the week before and read John 12-18 with them in sections at night.
  2. Unroll the crescent roll dough on a clean surface and separate into eight pieces. Explain that this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in after he died.
  3. Give each child a marshmallow, and explain that this represents Jesus: all white and pure because He was without sin.
  4. Roll the marshmallows in the melted butter. Explain that the butter is like the embalming oils that they used on Jesus’ body.
  5. Roll the marshmallows in the cinnamon sugar, explaining that this is like the spices that they used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial.
  6. Wrap each marshmallow in a piece of the crescent roll “cloth.” Start by placing the marshmallow at the small end of the crescent dough.  Roll the marshmallow and dough toward the larger end and stretch the dough corners to form a seal.  Sealing the dough is very important, so pinch together to seal. 
  7. Explain that this is how they wrapped Jesus’ body. (Optional: you may choose to brush a little of the melted butter on top before baking.)
  8. Place the rolls on a baking sheet and into the oven. Explain that this is like the tomb where Jesus was laid. Bake according to crescent roll package directions.
  9. While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.
  10. Open the oven, the “tomb,” and remove the rolls. When they are cool enough to handle, cut one open to see what’s inside. It’s empty, because Jesus has risen!
  11. Wrap up your story by reading 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 to share the good news that Jesus is coming again.


Related Resource: A Complete Guide to Easter Traditions


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