These delicious rolls are the perfect object lesson for kids on Easter morning that teaches the reason for celebrating Easter. My Empty Tomb Rolls are a tradition in our family and have really become a family favorite. Plus I have a secret tip to help keep the rolls together while baking.
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Whether you call them Empty Tomb Rolls, Resurrection Rolls, Resurrection Buns, or Resurrection Biscuits…they are a fantastic way to explain the Easter story to young kids.
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. Every Easter we always make Resurrection Cookies on the night before Easter Sunday and these homemade resurrection rolls on Easter morning. 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 foolproof.
From my research years ago, most people complained that the resurrection buns 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.
Resurrection Rolls Lesson
To teach the story of Easter with this Resurrection Bread Story, 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.
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 & no longer in tomb — open cooked roll to find NO marshmallow
Watch how easy these Empty Tomb Rolls are to make!
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!
- 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 stray.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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