Resurrection Rolls

Today we did Resurrection Rolls. I found this format of doing this simply, easy, and yummy activity of an illustration easiest. I like having each step with it's corresponding story and scripture attached. They were a success, though Caleb was NOT HAPPY with the marshmallow being gone at the end. I think the tasty warm roll more than made up for it. :)

What you need:

  • 8 count pack of crescent rolls
  • 8 marshmallows
  • Melted butter (A few tablespoons)
  • Cinnamon sugar 


  1. Start by reading Matthew 27: 57-61:

    • The Burial of Jesus

      57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

  2. Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus. Tell the child, "The white of the marshmallow stands for Jesus being pure and without sin when he was crucified. After he died, his friends took his body down from the cross." 
  3. Have the child dip the marshmallow in the melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming. You can continue the story by telling the, "They anointed his body with oil..."
  4. Dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar. This represents the spices used to anoint the body. Story goes on as they continue to prepare the body for burial, "And spices..."

5. Wrap the coated marshmallows securely in the unwrapped crescent roll. Pinch the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside. This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death. The story goes on, "And wrapped Jesus in burial cloths."

6. As you are doing this, you can be placing each roll on a cooking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place the sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb. "...And placed him in the sealed tomb".  

7While the rolls are baking, read Matthew 27:62-66.

(As a side note, after reading this, Caleb felt the need to have ME dress as an armed guard in front of the oven. So that happened.) 

Here is Matthew 27:62-66 for reference: 

  • The Guard at the Tomb

    62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

    65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. 

8. Remove the rolls from the oven and let them slightly cool. The marshmallow should have melted and the crescent toll is puffed, but empty.

  •  Open the rolls (cloths) to see that Jesus is no longer there! The story ends, "On the third day, they looked in the tomb and found that it was empty! Jesus had RISEN!" 

9. End by reading Matthew 28:1-10: 

  • Jesus Has Risen

    28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

    There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

    The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

    So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Enjoy your Resurrection Rolls! They are sure tasty, especially when they are nice and warm. 

In light of this time of remembrance for Holy Week of what Jesus did for humanity, I thought this song was appropriate. It's a recent favorite.

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