Saturday, April 7, 2012

Resurrection Rolls {Special Easter Treat}

I wanted to get this post out earlier today, but my computer was having major issues! I actually worked on the post for a while this morning before it completely disappeared. Yep. All of it. Kinda goes along with the theme of this post and this weekend though. :-) I'm glad I can laugh about it now. Earlier today I was in tears! So, I'm sorry I couldn't get this out to y'all sooner. I thought it would be a nice project for your Easter morning breakfast, but maybe you can file it away for another day. 

I got this idea from my friend Krystal. She's the wife of our children's church director, and last Wednesday night at Awanas, she brought Resurrection Rolls to go along with the Easter story which she was teaching to the kiddos that night. And WOW was it a big hit! The kids absolutely loved the rolls (I did too). Yum! 

Having grown up with some amazing teachers and being a teacher myself, I know the value of a good visual aid! It's a wonderful way to solidify the lesson in the minds of your students, and these Resurrection Rolls did the job. I think Krystal said she got the idea from one of her Family Fun magazines (such a great resource!). 

I'll give you a step-by-step in a minute, but basically you "bury" a big marshmallow in the middle of raw roll dough, close it up, and then bake it. When the rolls are done, the kids can open them and look for the marshmallow. But is it there? Nope! It has "disappeared." The "tomb" is empty! I love seeing the kids eyes fill with wonder as they ponder how in the world that marshmallow got out of there!

So, here's the step-by-step:
1. You will need Rhodes frozen dinner rolls, big marshmallows, butter, cinnamon/sugar combo, foil and a baking sheet.
2. Lay foil on the baking sheet, spray with non-stick baking spray, and let the kids put the frozen balls of dough on the sheet. Follow the directions on the back of the Rhodes package. I chose the 3-5 hour method. Spray the tops of the rolls with non-stick baking spray and cover with plastic wrap. The rolls will take 3-5 hours to rise at room temperature. 

3. What the rolls look like after you let them rise way too long. Whoops! But they work for this project anyway. At this point, you can preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

4. My rolls completely flattened out because I let them rise too long. But again, for this project is doesn't really matter. Let the kids help put the marshmallows inside the rolls. Pull the dough around the marshmallow and close up the ends. They should look like little balls again.  

5. Brush the tops of each roll with melted butter.

6. Sprinkle the tops of the rolls with a cinnamon/sugar combo. Stick them in the oven and let them bake for 15-20 minutes. As they bake, the marshmallows liquefy and seep out all over the foil. But the yummy liquid also seeps into the roll, creating a delicious glaze inside!

7. Here's what they look like when they come out of the oven. Take them off the foil as soon as possible and put them on a cooling rack or they might stick to the foil.  Did I mention it makes your kitchen smell wonderful? Let the kids open up the rolls to see if they can find the marshmallow! So much fun.

This shows the yummy glaze that the marshmallow makes on the bottom of the roll! These basically tasted like cinnamon rolls to me. They were so delicious! Everyone in my family loved them and there was even a bit of an argument over who would get the last one. My 5-year old threw a fit because he wanted it, so we got to have an important lesson on not throwing fits because you want something. Sigh. Well, it proves this special Easter treat was a big hit, and I hope you'll try it out with your kids! Just be sure to make LOTS. :-)

Happy Easter! 

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  1. Aww!! This looks like so much fun! And yummy too! I'm sorry about you post. Definitely has happened to me more than once. :-(( So glad you persevered to bring us this lovely tutorial!

  2. Thanks, Susan. I knew you'd understand. :)