As dogwoods bloom, tulips tip their hand, and cluttered closets are cleaned, I’m reminded that spring is in the air. With the windows cracked open allowing the sacred sounds of robins whistling in their newly formed nest, I’m invited to wonder.

Spring announces birth, renewal, and fresh beginnings. And with this month of April, it also rings a month to cry, “He is Risen Indeed.”

With five children in the house, tying in special traditions to our beloved Easter holiday plays an important role. Traditions are an important part of our family tapestry, and sometimes they are deeply meaningful, filled with profound spiritual applications, and other times they are just fun. These Easter Resurrection Rolls are a sweet combination of both.

This easy, hands-on, delicious recipe not only allows for a special treat, but it also opens the door to unique avenues of discussion with the younger ones. Remember the wonder that I desire to welcome in this spring? Well, who would have ever thought it could take place through crescent rolls and marshmallows. This recipe is perfect for the youngsters, but also the young at heart.

Share the truth of how Jesus was placed into the tomb (crescent rolls), and then explain how they prepared his body by putting oil and herbs on him (cinnamon and sugar). After waiting three long day (or twelve minutes, which feels like days to the children), we know that death could not hold Him in the grave, and He was alive.

The tomb is empty! He is risen. He is Risen Indeed.


  • 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (or even better, homemade Butterhorn dough.)
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F on lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together very tightly to seal in the marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  6. Makes Eight Resurrection Rolls
  7. ** I have made these without dipping them in any butter, cinnamon/sugar mixture and they are still delicious. The butter just makes them an extra special treat.

Make sure you seal the seams very well. If you don’t, the marshmallow will ooze out the sides, which is just fine in our home. You have the option of making the rolls bigger by using two crescent rolls, but still use just one marshmallow. This way, the marshmallow won’t come out at all. Have the kids play around with making these. On some of them, we wanted the empty tomb effect, so we left a small portion of the roll open but made sure the side had a little lip to contain the melted mallow.

On my blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, I host a weekly Recipe Round-up called Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods. Practically speaking, it’s a weekly on-line “cookbook” with over one hundred and fifty recipes ideas listed in one spot. I have invited my blog readers to share their recipe inspiration here at (in)courage this week.

(If reading this by RSS or email, you’ll have to click over to view the recipes.)

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Please feel free to join in the fun and share one of your favorite recipes (please make sure the link goes directly to your recipe post and not your general blog URL), or just browse around for that “perfect dish” that just might be your new Easter food tradition.

Written by Jen, who is in constant pursuit of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

  • Alea Milham

    I love this idea! i have heard of resurrection cookies but never resurrection rolls. These would be lovely for Easter breakfast.

  • Trooppetrie

    oh we love these, we make them every easter only we add chocolate

  • Ott, A

    Thanks for hosting the linky party this week. I’m glad that you did so that I could find your blog. Beautiful!

    • Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam)

      So thrilled you did. Join us any time. :)

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  • Melinda

    What a great idea! I wish I had started this tradition a lot earlier with my kids!

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  • Jessi

    This look much easier – and tastier – than the resurrection cookies I’ve seen recipes for! Thanks for sharing!

  • Stephanie

    I have to share a cute story about this. I tried these yesterday with my two boys, ages 5 and 3. I read the accompanying Bible passages to go along with the story as we made the rolls together. I explained how we were wrapping Jesus in the linens and placing him in the tomb. After we got the rolls out of the oven and let them cool, we opened them up and I asked, “So, where is Jesus?” My oldest, a literal one, says, “He melted!” :) I said it’s true, the marshmallow did melt. Then I explained how He is risen, which means that He is living. Love the minds of the little ones.

    • Jennifer Schmidt

      stephanie – that is SO cute!! IT made me think of the Wizard of Oz….”I’m melting”…oops…definitely not what I want in my mind. ;)

  • Karen Riggins

    These are awesome! I will definitelly be making these with my toddlers. I have been trying to find a good way to share the true meaning of Easter with them. At 2 and 3, I think this will be an excellent way to help illustrate the point.
    Thank you so much! I am going to share with my readers as well.

  • Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Oooo! This is so cute! I’m a Sunday school teacher and we could def use this in of our lessons in the coming weeks!

  • Becki

    Thanks for sharing this! I know my kids will love it, and I’ll love being able to give them a yummy object lesson. :)

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  • Melissa

    I love this idea, I’d only heard of the cookies so this is definitely perfect for our family as they LOVE crescant rolls.

  • Centsational Girl

    So glad Tasty Tuesdays are back Jen! Linked up mine, and loved reading this today.

    • Jennifer Schmidt

      So glad you joined in, Kate. :)

  • Jacqueline

    So nice to meet you. Drop by and have a visit.

    I love this tradition. I haven’t heard of these before, but it is so fun to have something
    that portrays the real meaning of Easter! We will have to try this.


  • Tasha

    What a great idea, Jennifer! I love it! Thanks to (in)couage for hosting the link at your place this week!

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  • Queen of the House

    This is a favorite recipe from my husband’s childhood, but have never heard of them as resurrection rolls! Love it! :)

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  • sara @ it’s good to be queen

    oh yay! i am making these this year! thank you for an easy version of the resurrection rolls! this, i can handle. and i know my boys will love it. :)

    • Jennifer Schmidt I a

      I am all about easy, but meaningful, in the kitchen and these definitely fit the bill. :) I am sure your guys will making, and eating, them.

  • Beth

    Everything looks great! Thanks so much for hosting.

  • Swathi

    first time here, I am linking my Jicama mixed bell pepper salad.

  • Brianne

    This is GREAT! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  • Amelia

    Oh yum! I’ve heard of these before but never seen a recipe for them. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try this with my kids!

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  • International Decor

    wow! its amazing i like it. thank you