This morning, my kiddos and the neighbors' kiddos made one of our Easter favorites ... Empty Tomb Rolls. Some folks call these Resurrection Rolls ... and, who knows, perhaps other folks call them other things, but we call them Empty Tomb Rolls. My kids (ages 5 and 9), just LOVE to help with this project. The best part is that the recipe preparation reinforces the Resurrection story (in fact, last year - my Sunday School kiddos made this recipe during our Easter Celebration).
Here's the scoopedy-do-dah!
- Crescent roll dough (I use 2 tubes which makes 16 rolls)
- Melted butter (I use 1/2 cup - but could probably get away with less)
- Large marshmallows (16, or 1 for each crescent roll)
- Cinnamon-Sugar (I mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 Tbsp. cinnamon)
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Prep the ingredients in a little assembly line. My photo is backwards. Ideally, organize in this order: crescent roll dough (separated in triangles), marshmallows, melted butter, and cinnamon-sugar.
3) Gather the kiddos! The more, the merrier!!! Start each kiddo with a marshmallow and a crescent roll triangle. Tell them that the marshmallow represents Jesus, holy and pure. The roll represents the linen wrapping that was placed about the body before burial.
4) Set the marshmallow in center of crescent roll and wrap it inside, pinching to seal tightly. The tighter it is sealed, the better it turns out. If not sealed tightly, the marshmallow goo escapes all over the place. :-)
5) Drop wrapped marshmallow in melted butter and cover thoroughly. This is representative of the embalming oils.
6) Next roll the buttered roll in the cinnamon-sugar. This represents the spices used to annoint the body.
7) Place the rolls in a muffin pan to bake. (Most recipes suggest a cookie sheet or bar pan, but I find that the muffin pan creates a nice, uniform shape.)
8) Bake in oven for 12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb in which you are placing Jesus' body. Pretend that the baking period is three days in length.
9) Remove rolls and cool slightly. When the kiddos open the rolls (burial cloth), they will discover that the body is gone! Christ is risen!!! Praise God!!!
The best part of all of this is that Christ really IS alive, but a distant second best part is that these rolls are REALLY good!!!
Enjoy ... and have a blessed Resurrection Day celebration.
PS - If you'd like to present this as more of a devotion, read Matthew 28:5-8 as you dine on your rolls.