I don’t know where the original recipe, or idea came from. I have seen them online – on blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram – for years. And, last year, my youngest had just turned 4, I finally decided to try making “Resurrection Rolls” with the kids. All of the recipes called for canned crescent rolls…and despite making a special trip to the store for large marshmallows, I somehow missed that major ingredient. It’s Resurrection Sunday morning, and all I had on hand were canned biscuits.
*Cue the panicked Google search before church to see if biscuits would work.*
I found one site that said biscuits would be fine. And, since I had already told the kids we were going to make a fun treat (and, I really didn’t want to make another trip to the store) I decided to trust this internet stranger, and go with it. And, she was right! So, I’ll give the recipe credit to Jackie Garvin, of Syrup & Biscuits.
I’ll be honest, I hesitated to do this for a long time. Partly, my 3 little ones were little. I want to be a “fun mom,” but, I am a bit too much of a Type-A, control freak. Cooking with my kids stresses me out. It makes a mess. And, I am the very opposite of a fun mom in those moments! And, I felt like this had great potential for being messy…or at least sticky. But, you know…seeing the looks on their faces at the end, when they realized that the marshmallow was gone…it was all worth it!
So, let me encourage you to do it. Make the mess. Let them eat a marshmallow, and lick the cinnamon-sugar off their fingers. Share the story of the Resurrection. And, make some sweet memories.
But, in case you happen to be a control freak like me, here are a few tips that, I hope, might make it a little easier for you (and a lot more fun for them!):
I set everything up ahead of time: I melted the butter. My oldest mixed up the cinnamon-sugar. I put the biscuits on individual paper plates.
If you have little ones, this just eliminates some of the “hurry up and wait,” so everything is ready to go when they are.
I made a sample Roll, while explaining the process, the story, and the symbolism of each ingredient. Then, I let them have their turn. This kept the yummy ingredients out of their reach, so that they could pay attention to the story (which is kind of the point!). And then, I was able to help them make their rolls…and take some pictures.
Depending on the ages and attention spas of your children, you can read the story directly from Scripture (Matthew 27-28; Mark 15-16; Luke 23-24; John 19-20), from a good Children’s Bible (I like this one: The Illustrated ICB Bible.**), or use a shortened summary or simple explanation of the Resurrection Rolls.
Marshmallow: Jesus’ body
Biscuit/Crescent Roll: the cloth they wrapped Jesus in when they buried him
Butter: embalming oils
Cinnamon-Sugar: spices used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial
Baked Roll: empty tomb
8 large, canned biscuits (or canned crescent rolls)
8 large marshmallows
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoon melted butter, cooled
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Separate the biscuits, and roll, or press (using your hand) each one as flat as you can get it.
Dip marshmallow in melted butter and coat well.
Then, roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar mixture until well coated.
Place the coated marshmallow in the center of the flattened biscuit. Roll the biscuit up around the marshmallow. Pinch seams, and place seam-side-down on a baking sheet. Make sure seams are pinched together well or the marshmallow will leak out. (Be sure to line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat, or spray the pan with cooking spray. I did not do this…and, although we pinched the seams very tight, some of the marshmallow still leaked out…and that made it very difficult to get the rolls off the pan! And clean-up was…not easy.)
Brush tops of the biscuits with the remaining butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. (There is no symbolism to this step…it’s just yummy.)
Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. (Mine got a little bit dark.)
Remove from oven, and let cool about 5 minutes.
Cut the biscuit open, and…the marshmallow has disappeared!
“And he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.'” -Mark 16:6
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