Resurrection Rolls From Scratch (Super Easy Recipe!)

We love making resurrection rolls (aka empty tomb rolls) to celebrate the true meaning of the Easter story every year! You can find all of my resurrection roll recipes here, including how to make them from canned crescent rolls, biscuits, and even peeps! You can find all of my meaningful holy week recipes for kids here. Today I’m going to show you how to make resurrection rolls from scratch in a super easy way!

There are several reasons I like to make resurrection rolls from scratch:

  1. it can save me a trip to the store if I don’t have canned crescent rolls
  2. they are more delicious than the canned version
  3. I know exactly what’s in them when I make them from scratch

What Makes This Recipe So Easy?

It skips a lot of the fuss that generally surrounds from scratch crescent rolls. The reason for this is because the longer and more complicated a recipe is, the less fun I have letting kids “help” me. This recipe really isn’t about making the world’s best crescent rolls. This recipe is about cooking with your kids, working in some Scripture, and basically making memories with your kids while teaching the Easter story. The delicious rolls are just a by-product of all of this. 

So are we going to use yeast? No. Knead? No. Rise? Nope. Not even once and especially not twice. Are we going to roll them again and again creating awesome buttery flaky layered awesomeness? Again, no. If you’re looking for a long and complicated crescent roll recipe, you have come to the wrong place. 

Easy Resurrection Roll Dough Ingredients:

This will make 8 resurrection rolls, so double it if you would like to end up with more. 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain full fat Greek yogurt

Filling Ingredients: 

  • large marshmallows (just the regular large ones, not the new ginormous ones they have)
  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • cinnamon/sugar mixture (3Tbs sugar, 1Tbs cinnamon)

Many Ways To Make Resurrection Rolls

This post goes through how to make resurrection rolls from scratch, but I have several different versions of empty tomb rolls you can check out here

Resurrection Roll Story

I have a printable recipe for resurrection rolls that goes through the symbolism of the recipe and the step by step process. In black it tells you the steps of preparing the resurrection rolls, including the symbolism with the Easter story, and in pink it gives you a script to use with your children to explain each step. 

It also comes with a little printable card to display next to your resurrection rolls! So cute! You can download your resurrection roll pack here. (This download actually does not include the from scratch version of the recipe, but the symbolism is all the same as when using canned cinnamon rolls.)

The Resurrection Rolls story download is also included in my new cookbook for familiesThe Symbolic Holy Week & Easter Cookbook

How To Make From Scratch Resurrection Roll Dough

Preheat your oven to 375°F.

Start by mixing your flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. 

Next add your Green Yogurt. You can stir it in as much as you can.

Then you will need to mix it with your hands to form the dough.

Lightly flour a surface. Roll the dough out into a circle. 

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Using a pizza cutter, you can cut this into 8 pieces, just like a pizza. That will give you 8 triangles total. 

Roll a large marshmallow in melted butter, then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Place the marshmallow at the end of the crescent roll, and wrap the marshmallow well, pinching the dough shut as much as possible all around.

This is going to result in what looks like dough balls.

Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper!!! This is so important to keep the marshmallows from leaving you with a big mess. 

Space them out on a cookie sheet and brush the outsides with the leftover melted butter. 

Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 

Here’s the final result. Aren’t they adorable?!

Sometimes I like to serve them already cut in half so they look like tombs! You can create this perfect tomb shape by cutting around the rolls with scissors (as a knife with squish them). If you cut them all in half like this, you will actually end up with twice as many, making for 16.

Be sure to check out my printable resurrection roll story that comes with this adorable little place card to display next to your rolls!

Resurrection Rolls Recipe Printable With Story

I have a brand new download to help you make resurrection rolls with your kids in a meaningful way! The complete directions are included and mixed in with the story you tell your kids while you work. It’s so easy to have this all available on your paper as you are making the rolls. The pack also comes with a bonus recipe card, and a table display card. Now, no matter where you bring and serve your resurrection rolls, everyone will know the symbolism behind them! You can get your resurrection rolls download here

Note: this resurrection rolls download is already a part of my Symbolic Holy Week And Easter Cookbook for families. So if you already have my cookbook, you already have access to this! 😉