For the past week, we have been trying to figure out the perfect Resurrection Rolls recipe. We have failed with some but I think we have discovered the easiest and best recipe. This recipe can be done almost exclusively by a preschooler (minus the oven part). Make this recipe an Easter morning breakfast tradition.
Large Marshmallow or 3 little ones (can signify the three nails)
Unroll the crescent rolls and place the marshmallow(s) in the center.
Do not roll the crescent roll as you typically would.
Fold the crescent roll around the marshmallow making sure to seal off any holes. Bake as directed.
When done, the rolls will contain a hole where the marshmallow(s) was.
Discussion while making the rolls:
Jesus died on the cross for our sins. What are sins? The bad choices that we make. Since we can’t pay for our sins, Jesus took our place by dying on the cross. After Jesus died, men placed His body in a tomb or grave just like we are putting these marshmallows in the rolls. And then the men rolled a heavy stone in front of the grave so that no one could bother it (pinch the bread seams.) But that is not the end of the story. No, Jesus said that after three days he would raise again. Even though He was dead, He would be alive again.
Discussion after the rolls are done baking:
(Review the earlier discussion.) Remember that just like Jesus’ body was put into the tomb, we placed a marshmallow in our roll. (Open roll and let the child see the hole.) Where did the marshmallow go? It is gone. Just like the marshmallow, Jesus is no longer in the tomb. He is alive. This is why we celebrate Easter – to remember that Jesus didn’t just die on the cross for our sins but that He rose again to save us from our sins. Matthew 28:6 “Jesus is risen, as He said.”
Make sure you seal off the dough well. Any leakage will result in a marshmallow mess all over oven.
Don’t do more than 1 big or 3 little marshmallows. Otherwise they won’t melt. I also believe fresh marshmallows melt better.
We also used regular bread dough and made little rolls. In doing this, we had more trouble sealing the bread and had trouble with the marshmallows not fully melting.
Several of my friends use melted butter (anointing oil) and cinnamon (burial spices) but they have trouble with their tombs leaking! You may want to put the rolls in a muffin tin. And if your tomb leaks tell your child that the tomb was not strong enough to hold Jesus! (Thank you Buffy for this idea!)
If a little portion of marshmallow is left in the roll, you can explain that it is Jesus’ linen wrappings. John 20:6
Be sure to check out our other Easter Ideas at ABCJLM.