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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
If you’re looking for simple and yummy way to teach children about the Resurrection, these Easter rolls are perfect!
A few years ago, I realized that our Easter celebrations were not as Christ-centered as we wanted them. We were focusing more on Easter egg hunts and Easter baskets than on the true meaning of Easter.
So I got to work creating all of these Kid-Friendly Christ-Centered Easter Traditions including:
- 12 Symbols of Easter- Christ-centered Easter Egg Hunt
- Daily Devotionals highlighting events of Christ’s last week
- Having the Easter bunny visit on Saturday instead of Sunday
- And Resurrection Rolls!
Making Resurrection Rolls is a tradition that our children request every year and I’m sure yours will, too!
WHAT IS A RESURRECTION ROLL?
A “Resurrection Roll” is not just a quick & delicious sweet roll.
Each ingredient and step in making Resurrection Rolls resembles part of Christ being buried, and then being resurrected! SO fun and SO meaningful!
A GREAT EASTER MORNING BREAKFAST & LESSON
You can always make these Empty Tomb Rolls for a Family Home Evening treat or activity sometime leading up to Easter.
Or, use these Resurrection Rolls for Easter Breakfast!
Instead of making a fancy breakfast for my family, we prefer to make Empty Tomb Rolls on Easter morning. Of course, it’s super fun being together and also reinforces the true meaning of Easter.
Making Resurrection Rolls led to a great discussion about Easter and was just another way to reinforce the true meaning of
GREAT KID-FRIENDLY EASTER ACTIVITY
Yes! Kids will love doing this Easter activity. (And if yours are like mine, they will remember this for weeks after.)
It’s easy to involve them during each step of this Easter recipe. And it will provide you with a chance to discuss the Resurrection!
This Easter activity is so easy that your children will even be able to make them on their own and retell the Easter story as they do it.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE RESURRECTION ROLLS:
For one batch (8 rolls), you’ll need the following ingredients. However, I highly recommend you making about 2 rolls per person. They are tasty and so fun to make, so don’t just eat one!
- 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
EACH STEP SYMBOLIZES CHRIST BEING BURIED & RESURRECTED
What’s fun about this lesson is that each step of making these Resurrection Rolls is related to part of the Easter story, with the finale being that the tomb (roll) is empty at the very end.
My son was so shocked and told everyone about this Easter activity for weeks.
EASTER MADE EASY
The 1-Page Guide with the recipe, instructions, and simple dialogue of these Resurrection Rolls is part of our Easter Made Easy kit!
- Resurrection Roll recipe & family discussion prompts
- Holy Week daily signs and daily devotional cards
- Easy Easter crafts and activities
- Tried and true Easter recipes
- Easter gift tags for friends, class members or family
- Easter basket ideas
- Simple family activities to do at home
HOW TO MAKE RESURRECTION ROLLS:
(You’ll find a printable recipe & lesson in our Easter book for easy reference year after year…)
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.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Combine cinnamon and sugar into a small bowl.
- For easy cleanup, place a disposable plastic table cloth on the counter or the table, wherever you’ll be making the rolls.
- Separate crescent rolls into triangles and give each person one. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in after he died.
- Give each person a marshmallow. The marshmallow represents Jesus’ body.
- Have each person dip their marshmallow into the melted butter. The melted butter represents the oils of embalming.
- Then dip the buttered the marshmallow into the cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon sugar represents the spices used to anoint the body.
- 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.
- Repeat with all rolls. Optional: for easy cleanup, place each roll inside a muffin paper.
- Place the rolls on a greased cooking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb Jesus was buried in.
- 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.)
If you’re looking for a simple way to reinforce the true meaning of Easter, add Resurrection Rolls to your Easter celebrations this year!