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Resurrection Rolls | Easter Object Lesson + Recipe


Resurrection Rolls are a simple and tasty way to teach children about Christ’s Resurrection on Easter morning. Follow this simple recipe and dialogue  for not only a tasty breakfast, but a meaningful Easter lesson that focuses on the real reason for Easter.


A Christ-Centered, Kid-Friendly Easter Tradition

Last Easter, we tried something new for Easter morning breakfast. My young children were getting to the age that I wanted them to realize the importance of Easter, aside from the fun we have with the egg hunts, Easter bunny, and other festivities.

So we made Resurrection Rolls. Have you heard of them? Each ingredient in the Resurrection Roll resembles part of Christ being buried, and then being resurrected!


Instead of making a fancy breakfast for my family, we all made it together…learning as we went along! Making Resurrection Rolls led to a great discussion about Easter and was just another way to reinforce the true meaning of Easter.

I was a bit leary that my children would learn anything, but I was surprised that weeks later they were still talking about the roll being empty! It was then that I knew we had found a fun, simple new Easter tradition. And even better that it helped us all focus on the real reason for celebrating Easter!


What you need to make Resurrection Rolls:

  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls ( 8 count)
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, placed in a small bowl
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. white sugar
  • Easter cupcake liners, optional

*This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed your family! I recommend at least 2 rolls per person. They are tasty and so fun to make, you can’t stop at one! But don’t take our word for it!



How to make Resurrection Rolls:

Tip: As you complete each step, discuss what each ingredient represents. After you have taught the first round, have your children teach what ingredient represents as they make their next roll. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Combine cinnamon and sugar into a small bowl.
  2. For easy cleanup, place a disposable plastic table cloth on the counter or the table, wherever you’ll be making the rolls.
  3. Separate crescent rolls into triangles and give each person one. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in after he died.
  4. Give each person a marshmallow. The marshmallow represents Jesus’ body. 
  5. Have each person dip their marshmallow into the melted butter. The melted butter represents the oils of embalming. 
  6. Then dip the buttered the marshmallow into the cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon sugar represents the spices used to anoint the body. 
  7. Finally, wrap the coated marshmallow tightly into the crescent roll. Don’t roll up like a traditional crescent roll, but bring up the sides to make a good, tight seal. This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.
  8. Repeat with all rolls. Optional: for easy cleanup, place each roll inside a muffin paper.
  9. Place the rolls on a greased cooking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.  The oven represents the tomb Jesus was buried in. 
  10. When the rolls have cooled slightly, everyone can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN! (The roll is empty.)
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Simple enough for kids to help with!

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See that little hole? We didn’t wrap the dough tight enough, but they still turned out!

I hope you get the same reaction we did! He was so surprised to see that the marshmallow was gone. Priceless!

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If you’re looking for a simple way to reinforce the true meaning of Easter, add Resurrection Rolls to your Easter celebrations this year!



Other Christ-Centered Easter Ideas:

12 Eggs of Easter-

Each egg contains an object that represents part of the Easter story. Get all the details and printables here. 


Easter/Holy Week Signs-

Use these signs as a visual reminder throughout Easter week of the important events that happened each day. These signs are available in our Free Holiday & Party Printables Library . Click here for Free Resource Library Here.  (If you haven’t joined, enter your email for immediate access!)

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How do you Keep Christ in Easter? I’d love to hear!


Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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