Empty Tomb Crescent Rolls

"What a treat on Easter morning! Fresh, warm crescent rolls for breakfast. But, that is only half the treat... learning or re-enforcing the true meaning of Easter for Christians everywhere. This is delightful and fun for the little ones to help with. You will find easy to follow explanations and Bible readings to go along with the preparation and serving of this tasty treat."
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Ready In:
4 rolls


  • 1 (8 count) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 4 regular marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted in shallow baking dish
  • 1 cup cinnamon sugar, in small bowl


  • Roll out the crescent rolls and separate.
  • Place two crescent rolls next to each other with the wide ends of the triangles overlapping to form a right angle.
  • Show the marshmallows and explain that the color white represents purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
  • Dip marshmallows individually in the butter, then roll in the cinnamon and sugar mixture, coating evenly. Place one butter and cinnamon sugar coated marshmallow in each set of crescent rolls. Pull up the narrow ends of the triangles and wrap the crescent roll dough completely around the marshmallow, sealing well. It is very important that no gaps are present.
  • Explain that each marshmallow represents Jesus' body which was wrapped (covered in sugar mixture) and placed in the tomb which was then sealed tight (closed up in the dough.) Read: Matthew 27:57-60.
  • Use remaining butter to brush the tops of the "tombs" and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar to taste.
  • Bake on cookie sheet at 375°F for 14 minutes, or until the tops are a deep golden brown. Cool 1 minute in the pan. Serve and enjoy!
  • When the "tombs" are ready to be served have each person break theirs open and experience the emptiness of the tomb. Explain that Jesus was raised from the dead and His followers were amazed to find the tomb empty. Read: Matthew 28:1-9.

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  1. Vivian G.
    I would just add at the end... "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good." Ps. 34:8 Great object lesson for the kids. I'm going to use it at at a "Ladies Tea" where we will be celebrating Jesus' resurrection.
  2. LilPinkieJ
    Brilliant idea, wonderful scripture choices. We made these after I watched The Passion with my oldest. I will be making them again this Easter. Made and reviewed for PAC Fall 2008. Thanks :)
  3. mich26
    Hmm, I'll try again next year. Either my marshmallows were too old, or I didn't cook these long enough, but my marshmallows did not disappear. I will definitely try it again, as I love the concept and it made a great Easter Family Home Evening.
  4. Kodiak Momma
    We just created a new family Easter tradition. Thank you for this recipe and the memories it helped create. The verses were great, the recipe easy and the whole thing was fun for the whole family (including a 3 and 4 year old). The story going along with the prep really helped my kids understand more about the empty tomb and they talked about it a lot today. It was one of their favorite things of the day - still talking about it at bedtime. Oh, and they were delicious as well!
  5. Chef JDOGG
    WOW! What a wonderful impact this will be! I plan on making these for my 25, 22, and 17 year old, scripture included! They always expect something different during a our family gatherings. This will be extra special! Thank you!!!!


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