One of the things that’s really important to me is making traditions for my kids as they grow up. Because we are from Michigan, it’s also important that my traditions are portable. Going to a certain place each year may work well for some families, but we never know where we will be from year to year. There needs to be a thread that runs through each special occasion so my family feels stability amidst lots of packing, driving and unpacking. This tradition of Easter morning resurrection rolls can be made wherever we are. I love the symbolism with these sweet breakfast treats. Each night before Easter, I pull the Rhodes rolls out of the freezer and put them into a greased cupcake pan. I cover it with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge to defrost overnight. In the morning, the kids help put the marshmallow inside the roll, but when they come out of the oven they are empty! It’s miraculous, and the kids are always amazed. It gives us the perfect opportunity to talk to them about the even more miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ and his empty tomb!
As a side note, I am showing these made with Rhodes rolls because I originally found the recipe on their site. I have also made them with “crack on the counter” biscuits (as I’ve called them since my childhood) and I’ve heard they work with crescent rolls too. I prefer this method, but it is a bit more prep.
Start out by defrosting the Rhodes rolls overnight in the fridge. I normally put them in a greased muffin tin, covered with plastic wrap.
In the morning, melt the butter and make the cinnamon sugar by combining the cinnamon and sugar. I only had raw sugar on hand, so mine looks a bit different. It’s definitely crunchier, but you can use regular sugar too!
Get a little assembly line going with your kids.
Pinch the roll shut
Place in greased muffin tin with the seam side down. Alternately, you can dip the whole thing in butter and cinnamon sugar. My family cannot decide which we like better!!! You can see both at the top. The alternate version is sweet and crunchier and buttery. The typical one is softer and simpler.
Cover with plastic wrap and let them double in size. You could probably skip this step if you’re in a rush! Put them in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. This is what you’ll find inside.
Let me know which ones you like better. Happy Easter! I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow morning and celebrate my resurrected Savior!
*** Disclaimer! Make sure rolls cool a bit before you eat them. One year my kids had a friend that burned his finger horribly on his Easter morning resurrection roll because he ate it fresh from the oven. Ouch!!