Baking | Easter

Easter Empty Tomb Rolls

April 16, 2017

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! This Easter season has been a mix of very busy and very relaxing. My hubby and I spent our Easter weekend trying to balance Easter fun with studying for upcoming exams. For us Easter is a particularly important time of the year. It isn’t just the time of year when yummy Easter chocolate lines the aisles at the grocery store, but for us it is a season to reflect and remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! As Christians, Easter is a season about salvation, grace, sacrifice and unconditional love. Easter is not just about remember the death and sacrifice of Jesus, but more importantly Easter Sunday represents his glorious resurrection. I remember hearing in church one Sunday, that Jesus’ death wouldn’t have had any meaning if he hadn’t risen to life again after 3 days. Jesus’ resurrection is what bought our eternal salvation, He overcame death, and he is alive!

To symbolically celebrate Easter, I wanted to try these Empty Tomb Rolls which I found here. I thought it would make a great addition to our brunch, and they were easy to make. This recipe is meant to be shared as the Easter story is told, and as the story concludes in Christ’s resurrection you break open the rolls and see that the “body” is gone. The butter and cinnamon sugar represent the oils and spices that would have been used to clean Christ’s body. The dough represents those linens, and the marshmallows represent Christ’s body.

Unfortunately instead of finding “Christ’s body” miraculously gone when breaking into the buns, my hubby and I found it was just an oozy (and delicious) melted marshmallow, but that’s okay. I think these rolls would make a great addition to any Easter Brunch, Breakfast or Dinner. They remind me of really easy cinnamon buns. I hope your Easter is restful and a wonderful time spent with the people you love. Happy Easter!

Easter Empty Tomb Rolls
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These easy rolls are  great to accompany the Easter story!

Course: baking, easter
Servings: 12
  • 1 package frozen dough rolls/crescent rolls (thawed)
  • 12 marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp . cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (I used salted)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Take your dough (I used frozen dinner rolls, that I had thawed over night), and flatten into disks and place into the greased baking dish making 3 rows of 4.
  3. Set up your assembly line: first have a plate with 12 marshmallows ready to be dunked, second have a bowl of melted butter, third  have another bowl with the sugar and cinnamon combined and finally have the greased baking dish with the dough.
  4. Take a marshmallow and dunk it in the melted butter, transfer to the cinnamon sugar and make sure it is generously coated and then place in the middle of one of the dough disks. Repeat for all 12 marshmallows.
  5. Next, seal the dough around the marshmallows and round in your palms to make round dough balls. Repeat until all the marshmallows are sealed in the dough and ready to go.
  6. Take the dough balls and dunk in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar. (I forgot this step, and just brushed the buns with butter and sprinkled the remaining cinnamon sugar on top).
  7. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve immediately!


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