Empty Tomb Rolls

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Empty Tomb Rolls...teaching kids the true meaning of Easter

I’m always searching for creative ways to teach my children Bible stories.  My kids learn better with hands-on activities while we are talking and then being able to visualize what we are talking about.  I first heard about Empty Tomb Rolls several years ago and I know they are all over the web now, but I’ve got one trick up my sleeve that makes them pretty much fool proof.

From my research years ago, most people complained that the rolls opened during cooking allowing the marshmallow and all the goodness to flow right on pan leaving behind a sad and pathetic roll…that doesn’t help when trying to bring home the point of the story.

Empty Tomb Rolls...teaching kids the true meaning of Easter

To teach the story of Easter read the story from the Bible found in Matthew 27-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 23-24 (my favorite version), and/or John 19-20. (If you are not familiar with the Bible the same story is recounted by these four men…the story is virtually the same but is found in these four places in the Bible.)  I’ve included a little legend for how to relate the story to the Empty Tomb Rolls, just in case you couldn’t figure it out.

Jesus —marshmallow

After Jesus died on the cross he was wrapped in linen— roll in butter and cinnamon

 Jesus put into tomb — crescent roll dough

3rd day Jesus has risen and no longer in tomb — open cooked roll to find no marshmallow

 

Looking for  Gluten Free Empty Tomb Rolls…..you’ll find it HERE! 

 

Empty Tomb Rolls
 
Teaching kids about the true meaning of Easter with Empty Tomb Rolls is easy and makes a lasting impact...and they taste good too!
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 ounce) package jumbo refrigerated crescent rolls
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin pan (preferably jumbo muffin pan) with non-stick cooking stray.
  2. Separate rolls into eight triangles and set aside. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  3. Dip each marshmallow into butter, then roll in cinnamon-sugar and place on a triangle dough. Pinch dough around marshmallow, sealing all edges. Make sure to seal well or all the marshmallow will escape.
  4. Dip tops of dough into the remaining butter and then into the cinnamon-sugar. Place roll with the sugar side up into prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 - 15 minutes. Eat warm.
  6. Opt: Read the Easter story from the Bible found in Matthew 27-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 23-24, and/or John 19-20. If you are not familiar with the Bible the story is recounted by these four men...the story is virtually the same but is found in these four places in the Bible.
  7. Jesus —marshmallow
  8. After Jesus died on the cross he was wrapped in linen— roll in butter and cinnamon
  9. Jesus put into tomb — crescent roll dough
  10. rd day Jesus has risen and no longer in tomb — open cooked roll to find no marshmallow
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Comments

  1. says

    I’ve never heard of these before. I have been looking for a dessert my grandson can eat due to his allergies. This one would work, and it will tie in perfectly for our Easter dinner! Thank you so much for sharing, I will be doing this while we read the story from the Bible. I know he’ll love the dessert and the meaning behind it.
    Debbie :)

  2. Jenny says

    Love this- you could even add that just like the linens (cinnamon) bound Jesus, the guards (cinnamon again) bound the tomb! Might have to make these! Thanks

  3. says

    We used your recipe this past week for Easter. Not only were they easy but they tasted great and my boys really took away something special. I’ll be linking my blog post to your site. Thanks so much!

  4. says

    Hey I tried this for the Easter and found it was very easy to do .I even went the extra by spicing it up with peanut butter which the kids loved . Thanks so much for these simple yet wonderful ideas.

  5. Hunter says

    I’m sorry but reading this out of context…

    “After Jesus died on the cross he was wrapped in linen — roll in butter and cinnamon”

    ..is hilarious.

  6. Jennifer says

    these are absolutely wonderful at Easter, either hot or cold, and are always a HUGE hit…..a little something you could add to your narrative is that the marshmallow represents Jesus, the butter and cinnamon represent the annointing oils that were rubbed on him after He was taken down from the Cross, the crescent dough represents the linens He was wrapped in, and the oven represents the tomb…..

  7. Elena says

    Thank you for sharing! Definitely I’ll try them! Have never heard about them, but I like that narration and a game are combined) Thank you!

  8. Joanna says

    We’ve always enjoyed making these, but we’re gluten free now. Any ideas how to do the empty tomb “gluten free?”

    • Marielle says

      You can use the gluten free flour mix from jules gluten free (they also have a recipe to make your own) and use in any crescent recipe subbing this where all purpose flour is called for, or google many of the wonderful gluten free recipes.One of my mom’s favourite gluten free recipe sites is baking beauties.

  9. says

    These rolls are just too neat! I have never heard of them before but found them on Pinterest! Sound easy, delicious and I love that they are inspired by scripture. My nieces and nephews would love to do this! Great post and thanks for sharing!

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