I love Easter! You may have gathered that from the Easter series I’ve been sharing over the past six weeks. This year, especially, I feel drawn to the hope and renewal that the spirit of Easter brings. Maybe I’ve just been noticing more this year, but I’ve been blown away by the beautiful spring blossoms, daffodils, tulips and the beauty of life rising from the dark ground of winter. During this difficult time in our world right now, we are all in need of the hope of a bright spring coming after a long winter.
These resurrection rolls celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are a wonderful (and tasty) way to share the story of the resurrection with your family. When Jesus died, his body was wrapped in linen cloth and anointed with sweet spices before having the tomb sealed shut. Three days later, the stone was rolled away and Jesus’s body was gone. He was resurrected and later appeared first to Mary Magdalene as the resurrected Christ. As we make these rolls in my family, we talk about the symbolism of these events. The dough represents the tomb. We take a marshmallow (representing the white linens and Jesus’s body) and roll the marshmallow in the sweet spices (cinnamon) and “oils” (melted butter). We then seal up the dough and allow it to rise for an hour or two, explaining that the actual wait was more like 3 days. After the rolls have risen and puffed up we bake them on Easter morning. During the baking process the marshmallow melts and forms a delicious sweetness to the inside of the roll and when you cut (or bite) open the roll, the marshmallow is gone (dissolved), just as Jesus’s body was risen on that first Easter morning.
I love the symbolism of these rolls and I especially love the teaching that happens as we make these rolls on Easter. I first introduced these rolls when I was a relatively new mama. I had been searching online for “Christ-centered-Easter ideas” and these rolls were one of the few things I found that really spoke to me. Some people use a canned biscuit or canned sweet dough for their rolls and if you are in a time pinch, that is a great way to go. I always make my dough the night before Easter, stick it in the fridge and pull it out in the morning to fill and shape the rolls with my kids.
I like to set up an assembly line with a small bowl of melted butter, a small bowl of cinnamon and the marshmallows and my kids now know the symbolism so well that they tell the story or we read from the Bible as we make them.
I hope that however you choose to celebrate Easter this year that you will feel the hope, love and power of our Savior Jesus Christ. He has the power to take any of our weaknesses and make them strengths. He has the power to help us out of the dark winter and bring us into a beautiful spring. He has the power so that when we die, it’s not the end. “He is not here; for he is risen, as he said” Matthew 28:6
Yield: 12 rolls
Time: 30 minute preparation, 2-3 hours rise, 20-22 minute bake
- ¾ cup buttermilk, warm
- 6 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 3 ½ – 4 cups flour
- 12 marshmallows
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon/1 Tablespoon sugar mixed together
- Warm the buttermilk (it should feel like warm baby bath water–not too hot). Add the buttermilk and melted butter to a stand mixer. While the mixer is running, add in the eggs, sugar, instant yeast, salt and one cup of the flour.
- Add in the rest of the flour a cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It should be very soft but not sticky. Knead for about 3-5 minutes.
- Lightly oil a bowl and transfer the dough to the oiled bowl. At this point you can refrigerate the dough overnight and use the next morning to shape the rolls. Alternatively you can cover the dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Once the dough has doubled in size, separate into 12 pieces. Using a rolling pin or your fingers, spread the dough out into a circle.
- Dip a marshmallow into the butter and then into the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place the marshmallow in the center of the dough and roll up into a ball. Place the dough ball onto the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
- Let the dough rise about 30-45 minutes in a warm place. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the rolls until lightly golden brown on top, about 20-22 minutes.
- Enjoy opening the rolls and finding the “empty” tomb on Easter morning. They are delicious warm or at room temperature.
I hope you enjoy these rolls as much as our family does. I am looking forward to the simplicity of Easter this year, and while we will definitely be dying eggs and participating in a family-style Easter egg hunt, we will also be focusing on our Savior, Jesus Christ and his victory over death, because that means that we can have that victory too.
Thank you so much for following along with my Easter series this year! If you want to check out any of the other delicious Easter breads to make this weekend: Czech Mazanec, Ukrainian Easter Paska, Pane di Pasqua (Italian Easter bread), Hot Cross Buns, or Bunny Rolls. Whatever you choose to bake, I hope it’s delicious and brings many beautiful Easter memories.
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