Empty Tomb Rolls (or Resurrection Rolls) are the perfect Easter recipe! Wrap a marshmallow (dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar) with puff pastry dough and bake. But when you bite into it, the marshmallow is gone (it melts into caramel-ly mallow goodness.) An empty roll, to symbolize the empty tomb. Not only is it a fun object lesson for kids, these rolls are gooey and DELICIOUS!

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Happy Good Friday everyone! We are just finishing up our spring break and the kids have had such a fun week. We didn’t do anything special, just a couple small outings and lots of time on the trampoline. Isn’t April just the best time of year? I love Easter.

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One of the outings we took was with some friends to the local fish hatchery. It was almost as boring as it sounds. But the kids got to feed the fish and smell all the wonderful fishy smells, and run around on a giant play structure that looked like fish eggs, so that was cool, I guess?? My favorite part was the visitors center where they had all the plaques translated into at least 8 foreign languages. You know, just for all the Bulgarian visitors we get at the fish hatchery??

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What are your Easter traditions? I always think it’s so fun to hear what other people do every year for the holidays. Eric just told me the other day that they never did egg hunts growing up. Say whaaaaa? The Easter Bunny would come at night and leave a basket of goodies for them, and it would just be set out in the morning. And no egg hunt.

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Kids LOVE finding hidden stuff (we regularly hide pieces of paper or objects that have to do with the lesson for our weekly family night) so I have no idea why you would skip the funnest part of Easter.

Our “Easter Bunny” growing up always hid eggs, and not the candy filled kind, the REAL kind. I remember one year we didn’t count well and sometime in July we could smell that there was one still out in our yard somewhere. That was a little less than fun of a hunt.

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How to Make Resurrection Rolls

In more delicious news: welcome to the gooiest, stickiest, marshmallow-stretch-iest Resurrection roll experience of your life! Seriously these resurrection rolls are amazing. Here’s the situation: take a big marshmallow and roll it in some butter, then cinnamon sugar. Wrap it up in some puff pastry dough for ultra flakey layers. Roll the whole thing in butter and cinnamon sugar. Bake in a muffin tin and VOILA! Ooey gooey goodness.

resurrection rolls recipe

This is a great object lesson to do if you have little ones. My kids love making these Resurrection Rolls with me, we’ve done it every Easter the past few years. We make the rolls and wrap up the marshmallow, which represents Jesus’ body in the tomb. Then you bake them and the rolls are puffy and hollow inside, but the marshmallow has disappeared, just like Jesus was resurrected and left his tomb.

resurrection rolls recipe

Many people like to make these rolls with refrigerated crescent roll dough, which is nice because you don’t have to wait for the dough to thaw. Or you could make your own Big Fat Crescent Rolls and use the dough to make these Resurrection rolls. You can also use frozen or homemade dinner roll dough. Try my Aunt Shirley’s Famous Dinner Rolls, they are so good!

I like to use puff pastry because I love all the flaky buttery layers! It’s so good combined with the caramel-ly marshmallowy goodness that is inside the roll. Plus it’s easier than making my own dough!

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Before baking.

Be aware that you will have to seal your resurrection rolls very well. If the marshmallow seeps out, it will puff up and perhaps bubble over.

resurrection rolls recipe

But then you will get to experience this kind of marshmallow stretch, so I’m not really apologizing.

I like to bake these seam side down with parchment paper underneath. Some of the gooeyness is inevitably going to seep out the bottom, and this help keep the mess off your muffin tin and in your mouth. Always a good choice.

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Happy Easter everyone! I’m so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ, who is our redeemer because of that empty tomb. Because of him, I find inner peace over and over, even when it seems impossible. These beliefs are the most important part of my life. I’m so grateful to live in a place where I have the freedom to say what I think and believe what I want, and that you can too. We are so lucky guys! I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating with your family!

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Resurrection Rolls (Empty Tomb Rolls)

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 18 rolls
Empty Tomb Rolls are the perfect breakfast for Easter morning! Wrap a marshmallow (rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar) with puff pastry dough and bake. But when you bite into it, the marshmallow is gone (it melts into caramel-ly mallow goodness). An empty roll, to symbolize the empty tomb that Christ left. Not only is it a fun object lesson for kids, these rolls are gooey and DELICIOUS!


  • 1 (17-oz) package puff pastry , (use both sheets)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
  • 18 large marshmallows


  • Let your puff pastry dough thaw according to package directions.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut out 18 squares of parchment paper that are about 5 square inches.* Get out your muffin tin, two if you have them.
  • Lightly flour a work surface. Roll out the puff pastry into a square about 11 inches across, it shouldn't take much.
  • Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the dough into 9 equal squares. See photo.
  • Melt the butter in a bowl. Add the sugar and cinnamon to another bowl.
  • Dip each marshmallow in butter, tap off excess, and then roll generously in cinnamon sugar. Place each marshmallow in the center of each square of puff pastry. Continue until all the marshmallows are done, then wash your hands (it's easier to seal the dough with clean hands)
  • Bring each corner of the dough up toward the center of the marshmallow and pinch with your fingers. Seal each of the edges so that it looks like a little dumpling. See photos. Do a really good job sealing the dough. If the marshmallow isn't sealed inside it won't disappear like you want it to.
  • Dunk your wrapped roll in the butter, tap off the excess, then roll in cinnamon sugar.
  • Place the roll seam-side-down in the center of a square of parchment paper. Pick up the roll with the paper and place it in the muffin tin, gently pushing it down. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Repeat with the other sheet of puff pastry.
  • If you are nervous that you didn't seal your rolls well, place the muffin tin/s on a baking sheet before placing it in the oven. If the marshmallow leaks, it's going to puff and ooze out, and potentially get on the bottom of your oven. Better safe that oven-cleaning on Easter morning!
  • Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes, or until the edges are bubbly and the tops have puffed up and look nice and crunchy. If you baked two pans at once, you may want to rotate the pans halfway through.
  • Let cool for at least 5 minutes before digging in, and be aware that the caramel-ly marshmallow goodness inside your roll is approximately the temperature of lava. So be careful!


*Parchment paper is not necessary, you can just spray the pan really well. But keep in mind that you are dealing with ultra sticky marshmallows and some will inevitably leak into your muffin tins. I find it so helpful to use the paper. 


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Calories: 287
Keyword: easter, Rolls
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More Easter recipes you are going to love!

Hot Cross Buns << perfect for Easter morning!

Hot Cross Buns from The Food Charlatan


Marshmallow Creme Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies << Okay so maybe these aren’t breakfast, but they are marshmallow. These are soooo good.

Marshmallow Creme Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan


Cinnamon Sugar Dipped Muffins (French Breakfast Puffs) << these are so easy and fast to put together. Everyone loves them!

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One Hour Honey Almond Crunch Rolls << like Honey Bunches of Oats, in cinnamon roll form

One Hour Honey Almond Crunch Rolls from The Food Charlatan

More Easter brunch recipes from friends!

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread from Crazy for Crust
S’mores Cinnamon Rolls with Marshmallow Frosting from Mom on Timeout
Bunny Butt Cupcakes from Amanda’s Cookin

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  1. This sounds so indulgent! How many mini marshmallows per pastry square would you use? I’m thinking maybe five or six? It’s what I have on hand and would like to use them up.

  2. So glad to see a Christian who is not ashamed of her Savior!! Thank you for the encouraging testimony. It made me praise our God!
    Cherie Hinseth

  3. You are the most accomplished cook Karen, that I know.  I kind of feel like I know you even though we will probably not meet this side of heaven.  So glad you know Jesus personally.  He is why I’m still here 70 years later.   I feel 45 but alas, my birth certificate must be fake.
     Anyway, thanks for all the fun stories and yummy recipes.  Happy Resurrection Day.  :)

  4. Ok, first of all, Eric is crazy! We totally did egg hunts, usually in the house. Our parents also used the actual Easter Eggs that we had dyed. Maybe he was too young to remember, but mostly they would hide jelly beans all over the house, he has to at least remember that! I remember running around looking for those all the time! And also finding many of them months later in random places in the house. These rolls look amazing! I am totally going to do this with my boys next year, thanks Karen!

    1. Honestly, as he was telling me that you guys never did egg hunts, I was thinking to myself, this sounds like a case of bad memory, because I mean honestly, who doesn’t do egg hunts?? I love that they hid jelly beans but not inside eggs. That’s hilarious to me for some reason! When did plastic eggs become a thing anyway?

      And yes, make the rolls with the boys!! They will love it!!

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