“Resurrection Rolls” or “Empty Tomb Rolls” are a simple, sweet treat you can make with your children while recounting the story of Jesus’ burial and resurrection.




large marshmallows


crescent roll dough





1 Flatten and separate the dough into its pre-cut

triangles. The dough represents the linens in which

Jesus’ body was wrapped for burial. Read Mark


2 Melt the butter in one bowl and mix the cinnamon

and sugar in another bowl.

3 Roll each marshmallow in the butter and then in the

cinnamon-sugar mixture. The marshmallow represents

the sinless Savior, Jesus. The butter and cinnamon

sugar represent the oil and spices used to anoint

Jesus’ body before burial. Read Luke 23:55-56 and

John 19:38-40.

4 Place one dipped marshmallow onto each triangle

of dough. Wrap the marshmallow in the dough and

pinch the edges so that the marshmallow is sealed

inside, just as Jesus’ body, after being anointed and

wrapped in linens, was sealed inside the tomb.

5 Roll the sealed dough in the butter to prevent it from

sticking to the pan, then place each roll seam-side

down in a muffin tin.

6 Bake at 375-degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes.

Read Matthew 12:40 and Luke 24:1-8.

7 Remove from oven and let cool for 5-7 minutes.

8 Bite into a roll and — surprise — find that the roll

is empty, just like Jesus’ tomb was empty after the


Originally published in the Spring 2018 issue of Vermont Catholic magazine.