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Resurrection Rolls with Scripture

Resurrection Rolls with Scripture

Several years ago, I received a Resurrection Rolls recipe at a MOPS meeting.

My life was a bit crazy at the time, as my dad was dying of stage 4 lung cancer (He passed away 5 short weeks after my daughter was born). I was recovering from giving birth, and I also had a squirrely toddler. Needless to say, during that roller coaster of events, this recipe got tossed in our recipe book and forgotten.

Fast forward to 2020, and we were stuck at home, searching for things to do during quarantine. I found this recipe once again and decided to give it a shot. It was a BIG HIT with my kids, and I plan on doing it again this year.

I can’t take credit for this recipe, but the website it was originally posted on is no longer available. I give all credit to This is a terrific recipe for young children, as it’s very simple! I had fun doing it too, and cooking/baking is not my forte. I greatly appreciated the Scripture being attached to the recipe, as it made it easy to tell the Easter story as we were baking together.

Have you made Resurrection Rolls or tried something else in the kitchen to highlight Holy Week and the Easter story? Please let me know in the comments. And if you have another recipe, be sure to share!

Happy Easter! Enjoy!

Resurrection Rolls Recipe with Scripture


1 can Pillsbury Grand Crescent Rolls

8 large marshmallows

¼ cup melted butter

2 Tbsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Separate Pillsbury Grands crescent dough into 8 triangles.

Set out the marshmallows. Read 2 Corinthians 5:21 and discuss how the white marshmallows represent Jesus’ purity. He was holy and without sin.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Talk about how Jesus took all of our sins away and was crucified on the cross, so that we might be pure and holy before God.

Instruct your children to dip each marshmallow and then roll it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. As they do this, read John 19:38-40. Tell them the cinnamon and sugar represent the spices that were put on Jesus’ body.

Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now, Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it with spices, in a piece of linen.

Place each marshmallow in the center of the crescent roll triangle. Explain that the dough represents to the linen which was used to wrap Jesus’ body.

Have your children wrap the dough around the marshmallow, being careful to seal the edges. The rolls now look like rocks, representing the stone that was placed in front of Jesus’ tomb. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting a guard.

Place the rolls on the parchment lined cookie sheet and place the sheet in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

As you wait for the rolls to bake, talk about how Jesus stayed in the tomb for three days. It must have seemed like forever to those who loved him.

When the rolls are golden brown, pull them out of the oven and let them cool a bit. As they cool, read Luke 24:1-8.

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them. In their fright, the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.

Take one of the rolls and gently cut in half. It’s empty! Just like Jesus’ tomb that first Easter morning!

All Scripture taken from the NIV Bible

Recipe with Scripture originally posted at

9 thoughts on “Resurrection Rolls with Scripture

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      We did resurrection Easter eggs. Each egg had an object in it to teach the Resurrection story.

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        Cool! I think David did this with the boys last year, now that you mention it. We’ve never done that before. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks, Ann!

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      I always meant to do this when my kids were younger.

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      Hi Amber! First I’m sorry to hear about that “during that roller coaster of events,” period in your life when you were doing everything as well as you do! The last dozen to 15 years of my life but especially the last 8 were also a horrendous roller-coaster ride too, so I certainly can relate to the added weight and stress that occurred for you during that time. You obviously came through it as strong and positive as ever because also like me you must have always been an eternal optimist; though these days it’s hard for me to keep that perspective front and center with the world spinning into some out of control kind of twister it seems more and more all the time. I wanted to say I’ll say a prayer for you and your family tonight that the gain of many graces and blessings continue to come as you all deserve them after so much hardship; while having your faith and perseverance; which is highly noteworthy.

      What a neat idea for a fun treat but especially an enjoyable and yummy way for children to learn! I don’t remember any educational lessons being that fun or yummy when I was a kid; but I always had a sweet tooth and still do! Lucky for me that I spent some serious time around the kitchen when my mom was cooking as a boy and wanted to know how to make those cherry pies she made which always was a favorite of mine; along with really just about any dessert! It paid off because these days I do all my own cooking, so I at least can cook the appetizers to the main course then the added dessert to really fatten me up although I never did get fat no matter how much I eat or still do; LOL!

      That really looks like you and your children were having a happy fun time from these photos and I bet that discovery of the hollowed out roll was a surprise for them; as well as delicious! That all was a lesson they sure won’t forget! Lately, I like to make a quick lemon pudding type cup dessert. Very simple buying the package of Dr. Oetker Lemon Pie filling mix, which could be made from scratch, but this, is just about as good with fewer ingredients you have to mix. In a small container you separate two egg yolks from the whites and toss them both into the mixing bowl with 1/3 cup cold water whisk it up then add the package of lemon filling and whisk that in good. While you were doing that you could already have two cups of water in a small sauce pan coming to a boil then you just quickly pour the lemon egg mixture in to the pan and stirring continuously about 30 seconds until it starts to bubble you then remove the pan from the heat and take a tablespoon of butter and mix that in good. I usually use three of those small clear glass Pyrex cup size dishes that have the red snap on lids, for one patch, and while it’s all smooth and pudding like you fill the little cups. You could make four and just less lemon filling in each but I make this for myself so maxing out each container is best for me. This is so quick and ready to go because it could be eaten warm or chilled and make it more of a stiff pie filling like dessert. If eating one warm I usually top it off with ice-cream to have right away and later I sometimes cut up fresh strawberries or put blueberries on top, but you can add any topping you think goes yummy with lemon pie! You could have saved the egg whites to mix with sugar to make meringue but then you have to top each cup with it and bake it 12 min at 350 degrees to make sure it’s cooked. Or I just thought maybe top them with marshmallow fluff? The possibilities are endless!

      So I agree that, “It must have seemed like forever to those who loved him.” Same as those children feeling like its taking so long to get that sweet dessert to enjoy together as a family and we all know children can get impatient; heck even I can to be honest, especially when I’m making that lemon cup to eat warm and I want to watch a movie at the same time I’m enjoying it!

      Good way to teach like I said, and you have the talent for teaching obviously! Thank you for getting my sweet tooth fired up and I think I will put a movie on very soon, so that means I better check now to see what sweet treat I’ll be enjoying!
      Have a blessed week!

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      Hi Amber… and great then! I think it will be a big favorite of yours and the entire family! The texture and lemon flavor are luscious! I’m going to have a baked chicken dinner tonight and I figure I should whip some up too; to have topped with all natural vanilla ice-cream and fresh strawberries with it! I’m smiling already! Told you I have a bad sweet tooth!
      Since I was a boy I always loved going to a donut shop that had those lemon filled ones with the chocolate frosting glaze on top!!! Now I’m even thinking how great one of those would be soon! Enjoy!
      Oh I know that comment before was so long, but I get into desserts obvioulsy; and have much to say about them, almost as much as my eating them!

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      First time visiting. I’m glad to meet you.You have a beautiful blog header. I’m still learning how to design mine to my liking.
      Your analogy blending the recipe and the meaning of Resurrection Day was beautiful and seemless. I appreciate the recipe. What a picture story you have made, like Jesus with His teachings using parables. He definitely had their attention as you had mine. Thank you for sharing. Take care and God bless you. ♡

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