Easter Resurrection Rolls or Disappearing Marshmallow Rolls

Super easy to make from only 5 ingredients and absolutely yummy, many families make these rolls at Easter to “tell” the story of the resurrection of Jesus.  Resurrection rolls (aka “Empty Tomb Rolls”, “Disappearing Marshmallow Rolls”) are dough with marshmallows wrapped inside, which become hollow as they bake and the marshmallow melts representing the empty tomb of Jesus on Easter morning. 

You don’t have to have a particular religious affiliation, or any affiliation at all, to enjoy these rolls. They are a real treat for all and a great family baking activity, kids love making them, and kids of all ages adore eating them; how can you not like a soft billowy roll with a melt-y caramel, sticky sweet interior?  They should be served warm from the oven.

Ressurection Rolls

Each ingredient in Resurrection Rolls represents a part of the resurrection story.

  • The white marshmallow represents Jesus’ body .
  • The butter and cinnamon sugar mixture represent the oils and spices used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial according to the Jewish customs of the time.
  • The dough represents burial cloths.
  • The oven represent the tightly sealed and guarded tomb.
  • Time in the oven represents the three days Jesus was in the tomb.
  • The hollow space inside the baked roll upon opening represents that Jesus’  body was no longer in the tomb when the women came to see him on Sunday.

Easter Resurrection Rolls or Disappearing Marshmallow Rolls

Recipe by A Coalcracker in the KitchenCourse: Snacks, Dessert, BreadsCuisine: Coal RegionDifficulty: Easy




  • 16 large marshmallows

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 (8-oz.) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough


  • Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Unroll crescent roll dough, and separate each roll along perforations.
  • Roll marshmallows in melted butter, and then in cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Place one coated marshmallow in the middle of an unrolled crescent dough segment, and roll the marshmallow up in the dough taking care to completely encase the marshmallow by stretching, folding and pinching the dough around it.
  • Place rolls on a parchment lined cookie sheet , and bake at 350˚ for about 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • If desired, immediately after removing rolls from the oven, brush with remaining melted butter and then sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Serve warm.


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