Thursday, March 28, 2013

Our Resurection Rolls with "Jesus" Marshmallows

This morning, Aston and I baked our version of Resurrection Rolls.  

He woke up wanting to wear his "handsome clothes" because it was Easter time.  Being the strong-willed child that he is and having 3 days left until "Church day" to do laundry, I agreed.  He dressed and wanted to make cookies.  However, the Easter cookie dough that he thought was still in the fridge wasn't there.  So, he asked for marshmallows.  I thought, "Hey, little buddy, lets make some cookies with strawberry marshmallows!" I pulled up a few things on Pintrest but I didn't want to roll the marshmallows in all that melted butter! We did our own thing.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Then lightly grease or spray a muffin pan.  

You will need:
  • 1 can of Pillsbury Cresent rolls - 4 ct
  • aprox 4 TBSP of brown sugar
  • sprinkle of cinnamon (mix with the sugar above)
  • 4 Strawberry Marshmallows (after all pink represents Jesus!)
  •  enough water to coat marshmallows
  • about 1/2 TBSP butter - quartered
First, dip the marshmallow in water and roll in the brown sugar to coat it.  Place the marshmallow on the crescent and roll it up, make sure to pinch the ends shut so that the sweet Jesus can't get out! 

You can explain to your child that the marshmallow represents Jesus and the crescent roll represents the tomb that Jesus was buried in.   

Next, roll the crescent package in a little of the brown sugar to coat it and place it in the muffin pan.  
Finally, we put a very small amount of butter on top.  Then we put them into the oven.

Cook for 11 minutes at 375 degrees.  

While they are cooking, you can explain to your child how after three days in the tomb or grave that Jesus rose from the dead.  Point out that the sweet Jesus rolls are rising as they cook!  

Take out your little mini tombs and peel them or cut them apart.   You will notice that they are empty.  Just as the marshmallow rose and caused an empty crescent, Jesus rose from the grave to ascend to heaven! What a story.  

Then if you look close, you may see some of the pink syrup at the bottom of the roll.  If you want to be really technical, explain that there was evidence left in the tomb that Jesus had been there.  You can explain to older children that the cloths that Jesus was wrapped in had been left in the tomb!

These are really good and sweet without all the extra butter and sugar that some recipes call for.  This is so easy for kids to help make and it provides an excellent teaching of what Easter is all about.  

Aston (age 4) went right to the living room to tell his dad, "Look Jesus exploded and left the grave empty." At least it is a start.  Even for a four year old, he will probably remember this for a while!

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