A yummy, hands-on way to instill in children the true meaning of Easter. These rolls end up hollow, representing the empty tomb.
- 1 (8 count) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 4 regular marshmallows
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted in shallow baking dish
- 1 cup cinnamon sugar, in small bowl
Roll out the crescent rolls and separate.
- Place two crescent rolls next to each other with the wide ends of the triangles overlapping to form a right angle.
- Show the marshmallows and explain that the color white represents purity.
- Dip marshmallows individually in the butter, then roll in the cinnamon and sugar mixture, coating evenly. Place one butter and cinnamon sugar coated marshmallow in each set of crescent rolls. Pull up the narrow ends of the triangles and wrap the crescent roll dough completely around the marshmallow, sealing well. It is very important that no gaps are present.
- Explain that each marshmallow represents Jesus' body which was anointed in oils (butter) and spices were used in burial (cinnamon/sugar) wrapped (the roll) and placed in the tomb (the oven) which was then sealed tight. Read: Matthew 27:57-60.
- Use remaining butter to brush the tops of the "tombs" and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar to taste.
- Bake on cookie sheet at 375°F for 14 minutes, or until the tops are a deep golden brown. Cool 1 minute in the pan. Have two or more children stand at the 'tomb' and guard it until they are done.
- When the "tombs" are ready to be served have each person break theirs open and experience the emptiness of the tomb. Explain that Jesus was raised from the dead and His followers were amazed to find the tomb empty. Tell them, "He is not here, for he is risen." Read: Matthew 28:1-9.