Have you ever heard of or tried Resurrection Rolls before? They’re a popular Easter treat in our family, both because of how good they taste and because of the symbolism of the recipe itself. These rolls are comprised of cinnamon sugar-coated marshmallows stuffed into crescent rolls and baked until golden brown and totally perfect. It’s delicious and a great brunch choice, but it’s all about what it represents that’s the important thing here.
So if you’ve ever baked with marshmallows, you already know that they have a tendency to just evaporate into whatever it is you’ve stuffed them into. In this particular case, making them perfect for Easter, the marshmallows represent Jesus. They’re rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture, symbolizing the oils he was anointed with after death, and rolled into the crescent roll, referring to Jesus’ entombment. When you bake the rolls, the marshmallow typically evaporates into the dough, leaving it hollow; representing Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb, leaving it empty and hollow as well.
Whether it’s the allegory attached to the recipe or the deliciousness of the dish itself, these rolls are so simple and pack in so much flavor – you can’t skip them! You only need five ingredients and you’ll be rewarded with a sweetly spiced roll that can, if you’d like it to, help you remember, celebrate and teach others about your faith. In that sense, it really is a dish that brings people together!
50 minutes to prepare serves 8
- 1 (8 oz.) package refrigerated crescent rolls
- 8 large marshmallows
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for glaze
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Gently unroll crescent rolls on a flat surface and place melted butter in a bowl nearby.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cinnamon and sugar until combined.
- Take 1 marshmallow and dip it in melted butter. Shake off excess butter, then roll marshmallow in cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Place rolled marshmallow in the center of the non-pointy end of dough, then roll up so that marshmallow is entirely contained.
- Repeat with remaining crescent rolls and transfer to baking sheet.
- Optional: brush crescent rolls with butter and sprinkle with sugar for a more golden finish.
- Place in oven and bake for 9-11 minutes, or until dough is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and serve hot.
Recipe adapted from Diaries Of A Recipe Collector