I must admit, sometimes cute little snack ideas look a lot better than they taste. However, that is NOT the case with Resurrection Rolls! This recipe has become a family Easter Morning Tradition in our home. If Resurrection/Empty Tomb Cookies seem a little too advanced for your little ones, then you will absolutely LOVE this recipe! Resurrection Rolls is truly a recipe for all ages!
Last year we made these with the families in our home group, and then again for breakfast soon after per the request of my oldest son. “Mama, I want Jesus rolls for breakfast today! Ok!?” he announced. I am still laughing about a sweet little 4 year-old boy in our home group asking his mom with a concerned look, “Mom, why did Jesus melt?” Well… melting wasn’t quite what Jesus did, but at least this smart little guy noticed Jesus wasn’t in the tomb! :) This is a great hands-on family activity that is sure to inspire some great conversations!
1 Package of Crescent Rolls (the linen cloths)
4 TBS of Margarine or Butter (oils)
8 Large Marshmallows (Jesus)
1. Begin by melting the butter in a medium-sized bowl and combining the cinnamon and sugar into another medium-sized bowl.
2. Next, unroll and prepare the crescent roll dough and separate into the small triangular sections.
3. Read this short passage from John 19 on Jesus’ burial:38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
2. Take a marshmallow and dip it first into butter, then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. (Share with your child(ren) that the marshmallow represents Jesus’ body, and that the butter and spice mixture represent the oils and spices the ladies placed on His body before wrapping his body in linen cloths.
3. Next place the marshmallow in the middle of the crescent triangle (“the linen cloths”) and cover it well. Be sure to cover all sides and pinch the dough closed tightly (*to prevent “Jesus” from melting out).
4. Now have the child(ren) help you/watch as you place Jesus’ body in the tomb (the oven). Bake at 375 degrees F. for 11-15 minutes. While they are baking you can read John 20 on Jesus’ Resurrection:The Resurrection 20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples went back to their homes. 5. Remove from the oven, and allow time to cool. Have your child(ren) open the “tomb” to see if Jesus is still there… He is Risen!