Resurrection rolls have become a beloved Easter tradition for many families around the world. These sweet and fluffy treats are not only delicious, but they also have a deeper meaning that ties into the religious significance of Easter.
The history of resurrection rolls can be traced back to ancient times when Christians would bake bread in the shape of a tomb to symbolize Jesus’ burial. Over time, the recipe evolved to include a marshmallow hidden inside the dough, representing Jesus’ body. As the rolls bake, the marshmallow melts, leaving an empty space, just like Jesus’ empty tomb.
This process creates a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and teach their children about the resurrection of Jesus in a fun and interactive way. Making resurrection rolls has become a cherished tradition filled with laughter, joy, and a sense of togetherness as families gather in the kitchen, eagerly anticipating the surprise inside each roll.
We used our basic Whole Wheat Bread recipe. In addition to that you’ll need:
- About 32 regular-size marshmallows
- A few tablespoons of melted butter
- Cinnamon sugar – 1/4 cup sugar and 1 T cinnamon
You can easily half this recipe if you don’t want as many.
Start out by mixing up a batch (or half batch) of Whole Wheat Bread.
Melt butter in a small bowl and set aside. Make cinnamon sugar mixture in another small bowl and set aside.
Now for the fun and educational part.
- Take a piece of dough a little larger than a golf ball and form it into a disk shape.
- Take a marshmallow and dip it in the butter. Explain that the marshmallow represents Christ being pure and without sin. After he was crucified, his friends took him down from the cross and anointed his body with oil.
- Next, coat the buttery marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar. This represents Christ being anointed with spices.
- Now wrap the marshmallow in the disk of dough, being sure to seal the seams tightly. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. This represents Christ being wrapped in burial clothes.
- Repeat steps 1-4 until the dough is gone.
- Sprinkle some additional cinnamon sugar on the tops of the rolls if desired.
- Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until the tops are nicely browned. Putting the rolls in the oven represents placing Christ in the tomb and sealing it.
- When the resurrection rolls are done baking and cool enough to touch, cut one open and explain that Christ was resurrected. His body was no longer in the tomb because he had taken it up again.
Happy Easter from us to you!