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My Empty Coffin Rolls (aka Hocus Pocus Buns) are a new tradition in my home and have quickly become a family favorite. These delicious rolls are perfect for a magical Halloween treat. Plus I have a secret tip to help keep the rolls together while baking.
Hocus Pocus Buns
Whether you call them Hocus Pocus Buns, Empty Coffin Rolls, Vanishing Breakfast Rolls, Disappearing Rolls, or the Disappearing Marshmallow Trick Rolls…these are a fun magical Halloween treat.
Basically, I coated a marshmallows in butter and cinnamon/sugar, then wrapped them up in crescent rolls and baked. The marshmallows bake into the rolls, leaving an “empty coffin” effect.
I’m always searching for creative ways to celebrate the holidays, especially Halloween because it is one of my favorites. Fall is my absolute favorite!
My daughter came up with the idea for these Empty Coffin Rolls for Halloween because she really loves our Empty Tomb Rolls from our Easter traditions (which have a great Easter message with them). This Halloween version doesn’t have lesson, but they are still just as fun, magical, and totally delicious.
Tools for making this recipe:
Disappearing Marshmallow (Empty Coffin) Rolls
From my trial and error years ago, the hardest part of these rolls was keeping them shut, so that they didn’t open 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 show off the halloween magic.
The key to keeping the Halloween magic is seal them up really REALLY well. Take the extra minute to really squeeze the seams together. Overlap seams if you can. Finally use a muffin tin to bake each one in it’s own spot. This keeps the rolls from expanding too much and help keep them together. However, there will be some times when the marshmallows leak out and that’s okay….the rolls will still have a big empty center.
There are so many options for these Halloween treats. Give these ideas a try:
- Swap cinnamon and sugar for brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice
- Use chocolate or pumpkin flavored marshmallows
- Add a melted chocolate or powdered sugar frosting drizzle over the top
- Swap cinnamon for a powdered apple cider mix
💡 BAKING TIP:
Pinch the crescent roll shut very well and then baking these seam side down in a muffin pan helps the buns bake up nicely.
Watch how easy these treats are to make in this Hocus Pocus Buns video!
- 1 (10 ounce) package jumbo refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 8 large marshmallows
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin pan (preferably jumbo muffin pan) with non-stick cooking spray.
Separate rolls into eight triangles and set aside. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
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.
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.
Bake at 375 degrees for 13 - 15 minutes. Eat warm.
Tip: Pinching the crescent roll shut very well and then baking these seam side down in a muffin pan helps the buns bake up nicely.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g
This nutritional information is an estimate may vary, depending on brand and type of ingredients used. It is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed dietician or physician.
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