Friday, March 29, 2013

Resurrection Rolls - Happy Easter!

A few years ago I was invited to speak to a group of minister's wives while they were on a retreat, on the subject of hospitality.

Afterwards one of the ladies sent me two different recipes for "Resurrection Rolls" - one made with frozen yeast rolls, and the other with refrigerated biscuits.  I have never made the refrigerated biscuit recipe, but I know it's quicker since there's no waiting for the rolls to rise twice.  Despite the extra time, I love the taste of the yeast rolls so that's the recipe I always use. 

My daughter-in-law, who is the Children's Director at my church, has used the refrigerated biscuit recipe during children's church.  The rolls beautifully [and deliciously] illustrate Christ's empty tomb.  When the children participate in making the rolls, they see the marshmallow encased in the dough, but it melts during baking.  Amazingly, the dough holds its shape and doesn't collapse.  When the children bite into the baked roll, they see a hallow cavity where the marshmallow was.  It's the perfect way to explain about Christ's body being placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea on Good Friday, but the stone was rolled away and the tomb  was empty when Mary Magdalene went to it during the early morning hours on the first day of the week.  Thank God for the wonderful words the angel spoke to Mary, "He is not here; He has risen!"  It's the reason we celebrate Easter!  Christ's death and resurrection is not a legend or myth, but a real, documented, historical fact!

I decided to make some resurrection rolls to share with you today.  Since I'm still not venturing out to the stores, hubby shopped for me and got a 36 count bag of Rhodes frozen rolls, which  may be the smallest quantity available.  It didn't occur to me that I  didn't have to thaw all 36 rolls, but since I did, there was no stopping until they were all baked. My neighbors will be receiving resurrection rolls since there's far too many for my hubby and I to eat by ourselves.

My recipe says to thaw the frozen rolls in the refrigerator overnight, but since I wanted to make them sooner, I thawed them according to the directions on the package.

They're all thawed and ready to begin making.

Flatten the rolls into a circle using the bottom of a glass.

Dip a large marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar, and place in the center of the circle of dough.

Draw the dough up around the sides and bottoms of the marshmallow and pinch together to seal.  Place on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.  Let sit until double in size.  Here's a very important tip:  Use a jelly roll pan or large sheet cake pan with sides, because the marshmallows become very syrupy when they melt.   The syrup has to be contained or it will run over in the oven, and you'll have to clean your oven before you  planned.

The rolls smell divine when they're baking.  Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

These are great with a cup of hot tea.  The photo below shows how the rolls maintain their shape even after the marshmallow melts.  I cut a roll open so you can see its hollow cavity [empty tomb].  They're yummy and perfect for Easter.  Children love them, and so do adults!

For 36 rolls you will need 1 1/2 sticks of melted, unsalted butter, and 1 cup of sugar to which 1 tablespoon of cinnamon has been added [more according to taste].  The rolls are best straight from the oven, but they can be reheated in the microwave and taste yummy that way too.

If you happen to give them a try let me know how you like them.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Joyous Easter!  He has Risen, and is Alive!  He lives within my heart!

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I'm joining Bernideen's Tea Time Blog today for "Open House"


  1. I will print this out tomorrow - I love this and I buy those frozen rolls (and the loaves) all the time - always have them on hand!!! Thank you for linking to Open House!

  2. I have read about these but never made them. Thanks for the recipe and photos, they sound delicious! Have a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend.

  3. I've never had these, I'm sure they are a hit.

  4. Thank you for sharing your recipe, Phyllis. I have never tried the yeast version.

    Years back, when I taught public school, a student teacher introduced the biscuit version to my students. She named them Quicky-Sticky Surprises for the classroom. They really were fun and the kids loved making them!

    I hope you are continuing in your recovery.

  5. I have never heard of these rolls. How clever! I do believe I would like them quite well.

  6. These sound like fun... and I'm happy to know I'm not the only one not familiar with these resurrection rolls. Happy Easter, Phyllis!

  7. I had never heard of these until this year, but a girlfriend made them to teach her little boys about the resurrection and her youngest said, "It smells like Jesus!" I loved that!


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