Teach your children the real Easter story with this yummy, easy resurrection rolls recipe and Bible story lesson.
Have you ever made Resurrection Rolls before? I had never even heard of them until last year.
I was online looking for Christian Easter activities for kids when I stumbled across a Resurrection Rolls recipe online.
Not only did it look easy and yummy, but it also looked like a great way to teach kids the real Easter story.
So, we tried it out and… it did not disappoint! Our whole family gobbled up every last resurrection roll!
Plus, we had a great discussion about Jesus’s death and resurrection, and I even got a few adorable home videos I could watch again and again.
If you have young children at home, this is definitely a recipe you will want to try. I’d say it would probably work best for children between the ages of 3 and 13.
Any younger and they would still enjoy eating them, but probably not understand what was going on. Any older and they would still enjoy eating them but might too “cool” for simple object lessons.
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Resurrection Rolls Recipe and Instructions
- 8 Marshmallows
- Crescent Rolls
- A Large Muffin Tin or two (You’ll need room for 8 rolls)
- Non-stick cooking spray
** Prep in advance: Turn oven to 375, set out ingredients, melt the butter, mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl (equal parts, or a bit more sugar), spray the muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
1. Take one marshmallow and begin making one Resurrection Roll as an example, telling the Easter story as you go through each step in the directions.
Explain: The marshmallow represents Jesus. Pure, white, sinless and perfect.
Unfortunately, even though Jesus was perfect, there were people who hated him. They wanted him dead. So they crucified him on a cross and left him to die there.
2. Roll the marshmallow in the melted butter, then in the cinnamon sugar mixture
Explain: Jesus’s friends and family were very sad when Jesus died. They loved him. They wanted him to be alive. They were sad and confused.
But what Jesus’s disciples didn’t know what that Jesus didn’t JUST die. He also took all of our sins (the bad things we do) upon himself. He took our punishment so we wouldn’t have to!
See how the cinnamon looks dirty on Jesus’s body? The cinnamon represents our sin that Jesus took away when he died.
3. Carefully wrap the marshmallow in a crescent roll, carefully sealing every seam.
Explain: Jesus’s friends and family didn’t know this, though. They thought he was just dead. So they buried him in a tomb and closed the door tight with a huge rock so no one could get in or out.
This crescent roll represents Jesus’s tomb. Can you see the marshmallow in there? You can’t, because the tomb is sealed up tightly. Nothing can get in or out.
4. Place Ressurection Roll in muffin tin; Invite kids to make additional rolls. Place in oven.
Explain: So Jesus’s friends placed his body in a tomb and went home for the night because it was getting late.
Now, would you like to help me make the rest of this resurrection rolls recipe?
5. Cook til browned (see package directions). Remove from oven. Let cool a bit. Slice open.
Explain: Three days later, some of Jesus’s friends and family went back to his tomb. They wanted to put oil and spices on his body to make it smell better and not get too stinky. But, when they came to his tomb, they saw the most incredible thing! Do you know what it was?
(Cut the roll open – the marshmallow should be gone)
The tomb was empty! Jesus didn’t stay dead and he didn’t escape. He came back to life and he’s still alive today, watching over us and helping take care of us from Heaven!
6. Eat and Enjoy!
Resurrection Rolls Lesson Tip:
Obviously you’ll want to adjust your telling of the story to the ages of the children you are doing the lesson with. The explanations above are written for very young children around preschool age. If your children are older, I would definitely recommend reading the actual Bible story, which can be found in Luke 23-24.
The kids had such a great time making this Resurrection Rolls recipe last year that we had to make them again this year too. If you decide to make them with your family, hopefully your family will love them just as much! Enjoy!
Looking for more ways to celebrate this Easter? Don’t miss these Christian Christmas activities for kids!
You might also like this Christian Easter Tomb Craft for Kids as well!
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