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This another option for a cooking option that does NOT involve having to cook the ingredients and leave them overnight in the oven.  This is a recipe that uses crescent dough – a winner for me because they taste good and are so easy! The ingredients are simple and can be fit into any busy schedule.  While you are making them with your kids, talk about the symbolic meaning of each of the ingredients and how they point to Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection (see the description below).  

Symbolic meanings of ingredients

  • •Marshmallow – Jesus’ body (Luke 23:26-46)

  • •Crescent roll dough – The linen used to wrap Jesus’ body (Luke 23:47-54)

  • •Melted butter and cinnamon sugar – Anointing oil and spices for the body that the women planned to use on Jesus body after the Sabbath (Luke 23:55-56, Luke 24:1)

  • •Oven – The tomb (Luke 23:53, Mark 16:1-6)

  • •Empty roll – The empty tomb (John 20:3-7)


  • 8-ounce package refrigerated crescent roll dough

  • 8 regular-sized marshmallows (use a brand name and a NEW package for best melting)

  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • •Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line wells in a muffin tin with baking cups (for easier clean up) or spray the wells with non-stick cooking spray (but this will make a mess because of the butter and cinnamon).

  • •Unroll crescent dough and divide into 8 triangles at the perforations.

  • •In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar.

  • •Dip a marshmallow into the melted butter.  Immediately roll the marshmallow in cinnamon sugar.

  • •Place the coated marshmallow on the large end of the crescent triangle.

  • •Fold the dough over the marshmallow tightly sealing the edges so the marshmallow does not melt and leak.

  • •Finish wrapping the dough around the marshmallow and form into a ball.

  • •Repeat with the other marshmallows. Place the rolls in a muffin tin. Brush the rolls with some of the remaining melted butter. then sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar over the rolls.

  • •Bake the rolls for 10 to 14 minutes until puffed and lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Optional:  Instead of the cinnamon sugar sprinkle on top, you can make a glaze for dribbling on top.  To make  glaze, combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 to 3 tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Allow the rolls to cool before adding the glaze.  Or, you can use some white icing to pipe a small cross on top of the roll after it comes out of the oven.

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