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 critical role. Traditions are an important part of our family tapestry, and I share a plethora of last minute Easter ideas at my blog. Sometimes, they are deeply meaningful, filled with profound spiritual applications, and other times they are just fun. Many include great food.

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.

Resurrection Rolls


  • 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, 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.

What special traditions does your family celebrate at Easter?

By Jen, who is in constant pursuit of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam (while making her 10 Minute Dinners.)

This post is one of our favorites we wanted to share with you again. It was originally published at (in)courage in April 2011.

  • Anne

    I’ve done the Resurrection Cookies with my granddaughter…very meaningful:

  • Beth Williams

    As a single person I used to go out early and find an Easter Sunrise service. I loved watching the sun rise as we stood outside and heard about/celebrated the Risen Lord!

    Our local radio station WCQR talked of traditions and/or things to do with children this week to remind them of what Easter is truly about. You can find the list on their website

  • Barbie

    We made the Resurrection Rolls in our preschool class at church last Easter, and will be making them again tomorrow! Happy Easter!