I don’t remember for sure where I first saw the idea for Resurrection Rolls, but we have had them on Easter, and only on Easter, every year since.
The instructions I have are as follows:
Make or buy bread dough (the frozen kind is fine — let it thaw first.) On Saturday night, let the children wrap a piece of bread dough around a large marshmallow. Put them on a cookie sheet in the oven and tape it shut (signifying sealing the empty tomb) and leave them there overnight. The next morning take them out and preheat the oven. Bake the rolls, and when they are done let the children open them. The marshmallow will be gone! The little “tombs” will be empty and hollow. Enjoy the rolls with breakfast; they will have a sweet taste to them.
I use the frozen yeast roll dough rather than bread dough — it’s already the right size and you can take out just as many as you want (be sure and get the dough, not the ready-made heat-and-eat frozen rolls, The brand I use is Rhodes). I usually take them out to thaw the night before and then put the marshmallow in first thing when I get up in the morning, before my shower and breakfast-making — I have always been afraid it would rise too much if I put the marshmallow in the night before. But I might try it that way this year and see what happens.
Here are pictures from last year:
They didn’t get as “poofy” as usual, and this picture turned out blurrier than I thought when I took it, but you get the idea.
My husband played around with it and took some photos on black fabric. I like the way the light behind it looks like it’s coming from inside.
Our kids’ Easter break from school is usually the week before Easter, and the elementary grades will sometimes have some kind of little party or at least treats the last day before break. One year I saw this idea and used it for one such party.
All you do is make up a batch of the stuff for Rice Krispy Treats (I like to put peanut butter in ours) but shape a handful of it into a flat circle, then put a little indention in the middle of the circle (You could put them in cupcake pans, but that it a little too deep for me and a little less nest-like). I filled that space with jelly beans (to look like eggs), but another year I saw someone put some of the little Peeps chicks in the nests. It helps to grease your hands when shaping the nests. 🙂 I would avoid using the tinted coconut unless you know the recipients will like it (no one I know does).
This is something else that would be good for an Easter celebration or perhaps a Sunday School class that day. I got this idea from a friend whose daughter’s birthday is in March and sometimes falls near Easter.
Just make your favorite cupcakes and frost, then use a licorice stick (a Twizzler might work, too) for a basket handle — insert each end on opposite sides of the cupcake. Decorate the cupcake with jelly beans or sprinkles, or, if you’re skilled in such things, frosting flowers.
For more great tips, or to share your own, go to Rocks In My Dryer.
I am also resurrecting this post for FiddleDeeDee’s Saturday Stirrings at It Coulda’ Been Worse.