How To Ruin Easter – A Resurrection Roll Story

I ruined Easter.  There – I said it.


It’s taken me some time to be able to talk about it, but two days post-Easter, I’m finally ready to confess my sins. What happened, you ask? The blogosphere happened.  I fully blame them.  They kept posting all of their artsy, creative, delicious opinions and plans online and it compelled me to try something new.


So I decided to make …  (wait for it) …


Resurrection Rolls


Friends don't let friends make Resurrection Rolls.


You may have seen the hundreds of happy homemakers out there blogging about these in recent years.  Successfully.  You take a marshmallow, dip that sucker in butter, roll it in cinnamon and sugar, and then wrap it up in a crescent roll.  Bada bing – bada boom, ten minutes later you open the crescent rolls to see that *gasp* the marshmallow has disappeared and the roll  tomb is empty!


Resurrection Rolls


It looked fool-proof.  So I decided I was going to be a good mom this year and get all analogous and projecty for a holiday.  Because I never do that.  We don’t have any unique Easter traditions. I am so not the kind of mom that plans elaborate Easter activities for the kids.


So I gathered the Wild Things into the kitchen Sunday morning and spouted encouraging crescent roll wisdom.  I artfully showed them how to roll their marshmallow in butter, and pinch all the seams of their Kroger brand crescent rolls like a refined pastry chef.


And then we waited for the resurrection magic to happen.


What happened next was so horrifying it’s hard to share…


Jesus bubbled out of our tombs.  And ran all over our pan. 


I took my spatula and attempted to scrape and scoop Him off the aluminum pan, stringing him from sticky fingers to plate.  I apologized remorsefully to Him for making a mess of his glorious day.  I forgave Him for possibly ruining my pan.


And then I delivered the failed treat to the awaiting and gleeful children.  They began to laugh and joke about our Not Resurrected Rolls.  And as I walked out of the room I heard Four Year Old laugh, “Jesus the Marshmallow died!




Good job, Mom – I berated myself.  Now your children sound like Atheists.  Why don’t you teach them the phrase “Zombie Jesus Day” while you’re at it. 


But we had one pan left, so I determined to take back Easter.  These tombs rolls would be a success!  Would!


I watched them carefully.  They browned beautifully.  Jesus was not gooping out of them.  So I whisked them from the oven before another marshmallow could strike a blow to my faith.  And I presented them to my children, flawless.  I said, “Look children, our rolls have risen. Come hither, and behold the glory of the Lord”.


And then we opened them, to find a big. white. marshmallow in the heart of each one.


I  ran sobbing from the room, but not before hearing Four Year Old exclaim, “Hahahahahaha, Jesus didn’t DIE!”


At which point Husband couldn’t take it anymore and told them all sternly that “You don’t joke about God!” and how you shouldn’t make fun of someone who died for you.


Then the Wild Things started to cry.


And we threatened them with their life if they repeated any of the above at church, before racing them to Sunday School.  Late.


But by the end of a sugar infested class time, they had recovered. And I’m fairly certain they won’t be scarred for life.  Oh well. There’s always next year.




  1. This is hilarious. Your children will forever be scarred! Poor children! LOL
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  2. You didn't ruin Easter…you made it….memorable! ;)

  3. This. Was. Awesome.

    The last picture is priceless.
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  4. Thanks for ticking thy ol’ funny bone! Just wait about 10 years from now and all y’all will be laughing, snorting, and hooping about this.

    Picture this . . . Do y’all remember the Easter mom wanted to “show” us the tomb was empty (insert belly aching laugh) . . .

    Making memories that’s what is important!

  5. :) And as my husband just pointed out as I read this aloud to him ,THIS is why I have never tried any of the resurrection recipes. I have a habit of changing things, just slightly, and of course when you change a recipe that has to be just so it tends to FAIL. Plus I am too lazy and getting all three children IN THE SAME ROOM at the SAME TIME is hard to do, and then the complaining, OH the complaining. Yeah, not happening. And I think it is absolutely hilarious (honestly I think Jesus would have laughed had He been there physically. And I am sure He had a bit of a giggle about the whole thing, but then I suspect He laughs good naturedly about all our attempts just as we do when our children do similar things. :))

    • Yes, I learned my lesson. Sometimes I have to do something stupid to re-learn a lesson I already knew. Cause I'm just not that smart. Lol.

  6. HA HA HA HA.. I love this, Jessica. Your kids' comments are priceless. I think Jesus would have laughed.

    I made resurrection cookies. Those are pretty safe and easy to do. Try those next year. There are also resurrection eggs. You CAN NOT mess those up.
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    • I've heard of the eggs but don't know what they are. Maybe I'll look into that next year. Or never try an easter food activity again. Lol.

  7. Never fear….I had leaky Jesus Rolls on my first try. The second was much better. I'm still trying to figure out why the marshmallow didn't melt on your second batch! Weird!!

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  8. AWE-Some!!! LOL! We made the rolls for the first time too and ours bubbled out of about half of them (the ones that were not sealed properly- you must have a sealed tomb!) We loved them anyway, and the preparation was the best part- talking about the body anointed with oil, and spices, and wrapping him up. Oh, and they were darn yummy too. You're an awesome mom!
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  9. PS I made the merengue ones last year- the ones that you leave in the tomb (oven) overnight. Those worked. :)

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing this!! :)

    I've never even heard of resurrection rolls… Now I don't believe I will ever be trying them. lol Love that last picture!!
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  11. we make the rolls every year. Jesus always melts out of a few (gotta wrap and stick them tight–that helps!). If you have a roll recipe with higher heat that helps make sure that the marshmallows melt too (mine is as 375 for 12 minutes). We've had a few unmelted ones.
    I think I can one up you though: one year I discovered I didn't have any big marshmallows! So we did bundles of little ones…Jesus goes through mytosis perhaps?!

  12. this was the heartiest I've laughed today. Thank you!

    I've never heard of these, but then again, I'm not very crafty, either.
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  13. i agree with donna, and since she already said it, i won't. my brother and i are always teasing my parents about the “remember whens”. it's what really makes family fun! i've never heard of the marshmallow ones, but have heard of the meringue ones. guess the better they sound, the worse they do? hilarious post, even at your expense…

  14. Hahaha! This is why I don't read blogs about cooking, I am terrible at food! Just buy the plastic “resurrection eggs” set like we have, it's more straightforward ;) I agree, this will be a great funny memory for your family as the years go on :)

  15. I tried to make those empty tomb cookies last year and they were nothing but a big mess. What ARE these people that manage to make these things work??
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    • I'm not usually too bad in the kitchen. But I've obviously not had enough tomb sealing training, that's all I know. ^_^

  16. in general, I make it a habit not to call anyone a liar, but I'm pretty sure anyone who has ever made ressurection rolls are lair through thheir teeth. There's nothing easy about them, whether they're made with marshmallows or powdered sugar. DARN THOSE ANALOGIES!!!! It sounds like you made a good recovery, though. Well played… :)
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  17. I think your boss may want to have a word with you later. Apparently she doesn't take well to failure!
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  18. Oh my dear, you're hilarious and sound a lot like me and mine. ;) I've been looking up lots of the blogs on the C.O.M. homeschool blog contest and you're for sure my favorite! I will find my way back and vote for you (at the expense of voting for myself – is that sacrificial love or what?)
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  19. The marshmallow is Jesus? I get so lost in these analogous crafty activities, and since I burn and explode so many things, I just don't even try any more. Dying eggs is about the extent of it.
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    • Yeah … it was supposed to like you were anointing his body with spices and oil .. I think. And then putting in the tomb. Obviously, we failed.

  20. Hahaha…what a funny story (even though you may not have found it funny at first)! Way to go even trying to do that object lesson! :)

  21. lessonNumberOne says:

    love it! It reminds me of the time my daughter decided to shape bread stick dough into a creche…nothing says happy birthday jesus like eating his whole family.

    The last picture…fabulous. Been there. very funny stuff

    Is it wrong that I may want other similar type things to happen to you so you can write and I can laugh?

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  23. Hilarious! I love it!

  24. Hopefully you will feel better to know that our Jesus oozed all over the pan too…I just got him up and out before my kids saw it. My 5 year old insisted that we use bunny peeps instead of marshmallows though because “they look more like Jesus since they have eyes.” I think we owe the Lord an apology for that comparison too! LOL! Loved reading your post. First time visiting…will come back for sure! Hope you'll pop over and visit LifeforDessert sometime…you can read how I almost ruined Easter when I threw an egg at the wall…ahh…the sinful humanity we all have to deal with?!

  25. Perfect! My sister made these last Easter with my kids and it didn't work for her either. I have my doubts that anyone can make marshmallow Jesus disappear.
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  26. I'm sorry you had such a hard time with the rolls. Your telling of the roll disaster is very funny, though. You made a great family memory. There's always next year for the rolls. :)

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  27. Okay, really, this post is HYSTERICAL. I was really LOL (no, really OUT LOUD) at your kid shouting Jesus didn't die.
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    Oh, I hope i didn't just wake someone up by laughing out loud in a very unfeminine way!!

    I saw these too and I said, “I should make these with the kids!!” and then the Voice of Reason whispered deep into my soul “Please. As if.” Then it rolled it's eyes.

    Now….you have relieved me of my Bad Mommy Guilt sister, and I am eternally grateful. For I am POSITIVE my Jesus marshmallows would have refused to co-operate also.

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  29. I tried to read this out loud to my husband, and I had to repeat myself multiple times because he couldn't understand me — I was laughing too hard. So hilarious!! “…you shouldn't make fun of someone who died for you.”
    Hahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!! This is pure gold…all around. Thank you, thank you for sharing this. And that picture at the end is priceless! I love it. :)
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  30. This is such a great example of real life. Don't let this keep you from trying new stuff in the future. Just roll with it! Thanks for sharing!
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  31. I am laughing so hard, I am crying…thank you!

  32. I laughed till I cried. Too funny. Read you all the time.

  33. JenniferK says:

    Oh my goodness!! I laughed so hard I was weeping and my 5 year old thought something was terribly wrong ;-) Thank you so much for this post – Hahahaha!

  34. I haven't made these for years (like 25) but they did turn out for me. But when I made them they did not have the resurrection title.

  35. Wow, this CRACKED me up! I've seen those rolls all over the place and thought I should make them when my daughter is older. Thanks for the warning. And the laugh!
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  36. You were just making memories… that's the stuff of many years of Thanksgiving dinner “remember the time Mom tried to make resurrection eggs?” stories… GOOD TIMES!

    • Yes, I've finally starting to grasp this. But in the moment it felt like I was definitely setting them up for atheism. Snicker. :D

  37. This is hilarious! Kudos to you for trying new things – I usually don't. At least you'll always have the memories ;)!
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  38. I loved this post, Jessica. Pure gold. :)

    • Thanks. I should seriously write about our antics a little more often, because apparently – people love to hear about my crazy. Lol.

  39. Hilarious! I just found out about resurrection rolls this year, after Easter. I filed the idea away to use when my little Snort gets big enough, but it's good to know that I'll need a contingency plan for any marshmallow mishaps. Lol, thanks for sharing, too funny.
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  40. Oh my goodness. I cannot tell you the last time I laughed this hard at a blog post. I was jiggling and the cat got angry because he was napping on my lap next to the computer. So, geez. You ruined Easter and my cat's evening nap. Thanks a lot. ;)
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  41. You know, this is exactly why I stick to the basics at holidays and rarely have anything exciting to post after the holidays! I'm always too stressed out with the stuff I'm already familiar with to even bother trying something new….but I'm usually tempted!

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  42. Priceless! This is why I never baked and tried crafty mom projects. And the “Wild Ones” at church…. yeah, those were my kids. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are all recovered now.
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  43. -giggles-
    That is why I don't try them. I'm so afraid I won't get it right and thus scar my kids for life. I had the bright idea of making hollow rice krispie treat eggs as the “tomb”. Um, yeah. Ooey, gooey, sticky mess that stuck to my hands. It certainly wasn't all easy like the commercial showed. Thank you for sharing this and reminding me that I'm not the only non-artsy mom out there. :D

  44. OH MY goodness that is hysterical! I would have been the same exact way when my kids were that age. I hope you can look back and laugh now :) Found your post from Brooke’s FB post today.

  45. reading this from Brooke’s FB post. hilarious!!

  46. I actually laughed out loud while reading this post! It’s not one of those “lol” comments when you didn’t really laugh at all. This is wonderful! Your kids will be telling this story to your grandchildren someday. You’re famous!

  47. ha. haha. hahahahahahahahahaha. I remember you telling me this story.

  48. You didn’t actually ruin it, you made a scenario which will perpetually be alive in your children’s minds. LOL. They should share this story to their children as well! haha, thanks for the share!

  49. So, I tried baking these today and the marshmallows didn’t melt… and I was almost ready to cry and I went to Google to try to figure out what went wrong before I showed them to the kids and found this blog post… I feel better knowing that i”m not the only one who can somehow ruin a 4 ingredient recipe.

    • At least you were smart enough not to try them for the first time on Easter morning! :)

  50. Oh, THANK YOU for this story!! I’ve recently been feeling lots of self-inflicted ‘mom-guilt’ (pressure, regrets, whatever) and wishing to hear from ‘honest moms’ who actually struggle with things. Your post made me laugh out loud and sigh with relief. Your honesty is awesome! (Do people still say awesome? Probably not. ) Anyway, I’ll definitely be reading more of your posts!

  51. This made me lol! Last year we made the resurrection cookies. The ones that are meringue with pecans. We followed the directions, taped our tomb closed and just knew our cookies would be done by morning … not even close :) some of them were so raw the meringue was still stringy when you broke the cookie open! We will try again this year :)

  52. Samantha says:

    I just tried these for the first time this year and had gooey marshmallow all over the pan as well. After seeing blog after blog of perfect tombs, I assumed it was easy. Definitely disappointing for my kids and I. Thank you for your honest post.

  53. I’m so sorry but this is the greatest laugh I’ve had all day!!!

  54. I know this is like 4 years late, buuuuut…

    my mum used to make this for me, and I think the way SHE did it, while a bit messier to eat, might do you better next time: roll the marshmallow up in the crescent roll FIRST, making sure to pinch them together very very securely, then dip the whole thing in the butter and then the cinnamon sugar.

    They’ll still leak sometimes, but if you pinch them together well enough, it won’t be as obvious once you take them off the cookie tray.

    And as for your non-melted marshmallows, I’d say probably you were so focused on taking them out as soon as they got a bit gold that you didn’t give them the right amount of baking time. 350 degrees for about 14-15 minutes tends to be the best in my experience.

    Hope you had better luck in following years!

  55. LOL we had the same issue at our house!

  56. Thank you! Our entire family has the flu, some kind of weird, long lasting, never ending miserable, miserable flu. The kind of flu where the kids are hoping the Easter Bunny brings more Mucinex instead of candy. None of us have laughed in a very long time. But your post came across my Facebook screen, I read it & laughed until I cried. Then between coughing fits, I read it to the kids & they began laughing. Thank you for bringing a bit of joy back into our lives.

  57. I thought that it was just me that this happened to. I was glad to hear that it wasn’t. When I took the rolls out of the oven, my son said “you can still see Jesus,” as he was oozing out of the tombs, rolls. I don’t understand how the moms make it look so perfect.

  58. Relax mommy your kids probably think it’s the best Easter ever that is until we demand seriousness and an idealistic perfect picture of how we want it. Sounds to me God had his hand all over this in a lesson to the adults. That’s why Jesus says we are to come to him as a child. Relax, enjoy, trust God to work it all out.

  59. You totally made my mommy day! But to make you feel better that you actually didn’t ruin Easter, Jesus was not there, but the linens that he had been wrapped in were still in the tomb. So technically, you did it right and made sure that the linens were there…….That’s my story and I am sticking to it…


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