Empty Tomb Rolls

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Every Easter our family makes these sweet empty tomb rolls where the marshmallow melts down to a caramel sauce that’s amazing!

 

Every Easter our family makes these sweet empty tomb rolls where the marshmallow melts down to a caramel sauce that's amazing! ohsweetbasil.com

 

I don’t know if these are really something that should be eaten for breakfast, they probably aren’t really for dinner either, but that’s when we enjoy these empty tomb rolls every Easter. In fact, they probably should be a dessert but our kids love them either way and the meaning is just as important as the taste.

 

What are Empty Tomb or Resurrection Rolls

These rolls can be called empty tomb or resurrection rolls, heck you can even call them disappearing marshmallow rolls if you prefer. Either way, they are a soft, homemade roll that has a cinnamon sugar, butter dipped marshmallow inside. The dough is formed around the marshmallow and dipped in more butter and cinnamon sugar then baked. As the dough bakes the marshmallow melts into a sweet caramel like sauce inside the dough. When you open the rolls the marshmallow is gone but the dough is sweet and stick.

The empty tomb rolls are meant to symbolize Christ not being found in the tomb after he was resurrected but if you aren’t religious it doesn’t really matter because you still get to eat a yummy roll!

 

Preparing for Another Baby with Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Heads up, I’m about to get personal so feel free to keep scrolling if you just want the recipe.

 

Every Easter our family makes these sweet empty tomb rolls where the marshmallow melts down to a caramel sauce that's amazing! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Why Would You Risk Getting Pregnant Again

We had a special little conversation while making these rolls. You see, I’ve been incredibly ill with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, it’s not morning sickness with all three of my pregnancies. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve endured in my 30 some odd years of life, but it’s obviously been incredibly rewarding too.

 

Every Easter our family makes these sweet empty tomb rolls where the marshmallow melts down to a caramel sauce that's amazing! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Our oldest daughter witnessed so much this last pregnancy she was able to grasp what was happening a little more than before. She asked me yesterday why I had been willing to be pregnant a third time knowing that it would be so horrible and I jumped at the opportunity to tell her.

 

An Inner Stirring

Have you ever felt this stirring inside of you and you know you are meant to do something? Or had that odd feeling that someone is missing? It may be that you felt this great pull and desire to start your own business, be a teacher, have children, or anything else you can dream up, and all you can say is that you just knew you were meant to do it? We’ve had, I especially have had both feelings each time we’ve had a baby. Every. Single. Time.

 

 

PREGNANCY

 

It took us 5 years to put on our brave pants and try for another baby. We had felt strongly that there was another who was meant to be in our family, but we thought it would probably be through adoption or foster care. We continuously prayed and sought medical advice in the meantime but just never felt the time was right which to be honest, after a few years had created quite the hole in our hearts as we yearned to have a third but were afraid of the dangers it carried with it.

 

When You Just Know

At one point we knew it was time. We just felt it and there is literally no other way to explain it. It would take great sacrifice so this was not a selfish desire, instead it was a humbling experience to have the opportunity to consider another baby.

 

 

To say that we were nervous, scared, and everything else you could think of about getting pregnant and going through Hyperemesis again is an understatement. One night we decided that no matter what, we didn’t want to ever look back with regret that we didn’t listen to what we were feeling so we knelt in prayer and asked that we be given the faith needed to move forward, leave our adoption papers as is and proceed with a pregnancy of our own if it was the right choice. It took all the faith that I had to say those words out loud.

 

The Decision

As the words rushed out of my mouth I felt a great desire to just sit and listen and as we did just that our hearts were filled with the most amazing peace I’ve ever felt. Cade and I both looked at each other and just cried. One of those cries that says everything your lips cannot utter. Faith welled up in us both and I know this all sounds like some big amazing story but I knew without a shadow of doubt that we were meant to have one more, that I would be cared for and survive as would the baby and that our faith would in fact sustain us.

 

 

Every Easter our family makes these sweet empty tomb rolls where the marshmallow melts down to a caramel sauce that's amazing! ohsweetbasil.com

 

That’s what I told her, that we had faith in the answer we’d been given. We prepared with a wonderful doctor and nurses for everything we could so that my body was ready to be so sick. We went every week while I was pregnant which was an enormous sacrifice for someone who couldn’t make it more than a few hours without throwing up. And in the end, we had a healthy little boy who I wish you all could know. He’s a gift and he is our missing puzzle piece.

 

Easter

The Prince of Peace is a new Easter initiative that we’ve felt so inspired about so thank you for letting us share our experience of using faith in our lives. I don’t know why I needed to share this, and I hope you all know that we completely respect differences of opinions and beliefs, but this is in fact our story and as Easter approaches and the new Prince of Peace initiative takes place I had to tell my story of how faith was given, and my faith increased all because of him. If you feel up for it we would love to hear your stories as well.

 

Every Easter our family makes these sweet empty tomb rolls where the marshmallow melts down to a caramel sauce that's amazing!

 

Now, let’s eat some empty tomb rolls.

 

How to Make Resurrection Rolls or Empty Tomb Rolls

Start out with your favorite homemade roll dough, crescent rolls, Rhodes frozen rolls, whatever you like. Yes, I shortcut these all the time. In fact I like to get the dough in balls into the fridge the day before so they can defrost if frozen.

Press each dough ball into a flat circle. Then roll your marshmallow in butter and then into the cinnamon sugar. Place it in the middle of the dough circle and seal it up around the marshmallow and roll it in more butter and cinnamon sugar and place it in a greased baking dish or muffin tin.

Let them rest for 15 minutes and then bake at 350. When you open the rolls the marshmallow will have melted down into a caramel like sauce that you can barely see. You can now talk to the kiddos about the resurrection and how Christ’s body wasn’t there but that just like how the rolls have become sweet so is death sweet because all of us can live again because He Is Risen. In fact, I like to just barely under bake them so a little marshmallow is remaining and talk about the white burial clothing that remained in the tomb. Plus, extra marshmallow is AWESOME!

 

Empty Tomb Rolls

Whether you calls these empty tomb rolls, resurrection rolls doesn’t matter, just make them!

 

How to Explain Resurrection rolls

These empty tomb rolls (or resurrection rolls) are meant to made along with the story of Christ’s body being wrapped in the white clothing, the butter represents the oils they anointed him with as well as the cinnamon sugar for the spices and herbs, then he is placed in the tomb, and finally resurrected on the third day. When you tell the story make sure you get to the part where he is not found in the tomb and open up your rolls at the same time. Kids and adults love it!

 

Where Does the Marshmallow go in Empty Tomb Rolls

Ahhhh let’s hit this question one more time just to be sure, the marshmallow melts and turns into a sweet glaze, almost like a caramel sauce inside of the roll. It is not like a molten lava cake, it won’t come pouring out when you open it, but it is in there. There’s no need to remove the marshmallow for the empty tomb effect, it takes care of itself in the baking process.

In one of the photos above, you’ll notice that one of the marshmallows didn’t completely melt, and that’s totally fine! In fact, it’s really yummy! If this happens, just tell the kids it’s the white linens left behind in the tomb when Jesus was resurrected.

 

Empty Tomb Rolls

Empty Tomb Rolls

Every Easter our family makes these sweet empty tomb rolls where the marshmallow melts down to a caramel sauce that’s amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 12 Rhodes Rolls, or Homemade Dough , or Crescent roll dough
  • 12 Marshmallows
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13″ baking dish.
  2. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. Press the dough out into a circle. Roll a marshmallow in the butter and then the cinnamon sugar and place on the dough.
  4. Pinch the circle closed around the marshmallow and roll the dough in the butter and cinnamon sugar.
  5. Place in the baking dish.
  6. Repeat until you’ve used all the dough.
  7. Let rest 15 minutes and then bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 241 Calories
  • Saturated Fat: 6.3g
  • Sodium: 316.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 40.6g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Sugar: 9.3g
  • Protein: 5.8g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

 

Every Easter our family makes these sweet empty tomb rolls where the marshmallow melts down to a caramel sauce that's amazing! ohsweetbasil.com

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101 comments on “Empty Tomb Rolls”

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  2. Made these for my nursery children for Easter. They look fabulous!😇

  3. Thanks for the recipe! I found it through Risen Motherhood. I can’t wait to make these with my 3 year old. Thanks for also sharing your story. I usually skip right to a recipe when I find them on blogs but I’m glad I read the whole post this time. I didn’t have HG with either of my pregnancies but I have had Postpartum depression & anxiety after both & had similar thoughts when we thought about having another biological child- can I handle this again. Thank you for the reminder that Christ will carry me through this now (my baby is currently 4mo old) as he did the first time. 

    • I’m so sorry to hear that. It’s hard bringing children into the world, but to suffer when they are new babies is even worse as you really just want to be there with them. Thinking of you!

  4. These look delicious! I am thinking of scratching the marshmellows though. I know most people find this odd, but I hate marshmellows ha!

    Thanks for sharing your story! It is so amazing how God works. He gives us the strength when we just don’t think we have it. So glad to hear you’re doing well. And I just LOVE how you said the conversation happened over making food together.

    Your family has been inspiring me and I’m working on convincing my husband we need to cook all together more often, even if that means less movie time later 😀

    • Hi Kera,

      The marshmallow melts into a caramel sauce, so without it you won’t have a sweet roll since the inside will just be bread. 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words, they mean so much to us!

  5. I do not have a story, but I indeed enjoyed reading yours. It is always a blessing when a healthy new
    little person comes into this world, especially during this Holy season of the year. Many blessings you and your family and I wish you a very Happy, Holy Easter.

  6. All the best with your new child. May God give you the strength to persist.

  7. Can I serve these a few hours later? Maybe about 3 hours? Will they still be good?  I want to serve them for church tomorrow for ours kids primary lesson  (kids church). Thanks!

  8. Hi! What size of marshmallows do I use? 

  9. So glad I found your site. Thanks for revealing how you weathered the storms with the help of our Lord. At 73-yrs old, I’ve walked through many valleys; but I’ve never walked them alone. Forty-one years ago this month; I gave birth to a 3.6 oz son, while I had stage 4 cancer. All the doctors had insisted I have an abortion. Immediately, I put it in God’s hands and prayed for the Lord to spare my baby’s life. He answered my prayers. Through many surgeries for both of us, my son. Michael is still with me today. Thank God for His Love and Mercy. “Prince of Peace”, Prints of Peace. thank the Lord He shed His blood for me. God Bless you for your testimony.

    • Wow, Joyce what a miracle you and your son are. I am so grateful you took a moment to share your story. It’s beautiful and you both were clearly meant to be here.

  10. Can these be made on a regular sheet pan if you use parchment paper, or do you need to use a muffin tin? I want to make a large amount for friends. Thank you, and many great wishes on your family’s health,

    Neema

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  14. Your writing brought back so many emotions fo me! After 3 difficult pregnancies we decided to have a 4th child and I ended up with hyperemesis gravidarum. It was a long tough pregnancy. Then the decision had to be made whether to have a 5th child or not. We spent years trying to decide and finally came to the conclusion that it was the right thing to do. After a miscarriage, a DVT, extreme sickness, health concerns for baby and trouble nursing my 5th child is now 8 months old and I am so glad that he is a part of our family!

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Christina,
      What a journey you’ve been through. It’s just amazing how much more work it is to bring a baby into the world than we ever expected. I’m so, so glad to hear things are on the up and up. XOXO!

  15. I would love to have the recipe for The Empty Tomb Rolls please.

  16. Definitely like the story behind these rolls but I wasn’t that impressed at all! We did these better at girl scout Camp just rolled the dough onto a stick and cooked over a campfire and then when the dough was done we rolled in butter and then cinnamon and sugar mixed. This was way too much effort when the ones I remembered from girl scouts tasted waaaaaay better.

    • I’m so sorry to hear that, though I do think anything made over a campfire is probably better than the oven. You could certainly do these the same and roll them in butter after. 🙂

  17. There was no recipe as stated! Quantities – temperature for baking – how long
    Please respond asap as I’d like to make for Easter!!
    Have a blessed Easter!!

    • Hi Toni,
      Are you on mobile? Just click “READ MORE” and that will open the entire page so you can view the full recipe. If you’re on desktop just scroll down.

  18. You and your husband have such amazing faith! It is hard to explain it but you did it wonderfully. You can’t describe when you just know everything with be okay and you know what you are to do.

    And I remember making this when I was younger except I think we used biscuits. Also from my home ec class. I was just thinking about this recipe just the other day. They are delicious!

  19. In the 60’s, my mom called these “hollow buns”. So sweet and tasty!

  20. Thank you for the story. I have been following you for about 2 years now & I appreciate how sometimes you are funny, sometimes serious, sometimes insightful. There always seems to be the right balance! You do not obnoxiously share your faith but you also do not hide it. In this day & age, I think it is nice to every once in awhile hear a faith-based story. As the saying goes, if you touched one person’s life, you’ve touched a million. I appreciate your recipes & your stories.

    • Hi Jen,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. It’s so hard to put ourselves out there sometimes and the comments mean the world to us. Not to mention, you perfectly described my personality so without having met you can say you clearly “get me”. 😉 xoxo

  21. Would love the recipe for the empy-tomb-rolls please

  22. Have you tried using this recipe with your homemade dough? My husband and I really, really do not like the store bought crescent rolls but we really, really want to try this recipe!

  23. It is so awesome when you have that peace, knowing that what lies ahead may be hard, but you KNOW that it is what you are supposed to be doing. I have difficult pregnancies, as well, not due to HG, actually I get off easy that way, but difficult nonetheless, to the point it was suggested that I abort my first and one of us get sterilized. I have two little miracle boys now, that I wouldn’t trade for anything in this world. My first OB appointment for #2 I was asked, “Are you excited or scared?” I replied, “I am excited. I know and understand the risks, but I also know the reward.” I will be making these rolls for Resurrection Sunday.

    • Hi Nikki,

      Thank you so much for leaving that comment. You are so right, there’s nothing in the world that could offer more than peace. It’s been such a blessing for us to be able to make hard decisions. Congratulations on your two. When I was younger I didn’t understand what a miracle each pregnancy was but I am so grateful for that gift now.

  24. What happens if you don’t serve them immediately?
    I’m thinking of using them for an event for which I won’t have time to prep and bake as we go. They will need to be completely done ahead of time.
    Will they not open well? Collapse?
    Thanks in advance for the feedback!

  25. Lovely ? looks delicious!

  26. Can’t open the recipe. Would love to make it. Mail it to me please

  27. How does a person bring up your recipe for empty tomb rolls???please email it to me thankyou

  28. In my house we only celebrate the Resurrection and these empty tomb biscuits will be most welcomed.

  29. A beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

  30. Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring story…and for the recipe, too. I know it will become a favorite not only at Easter. May all of us that have been blessed with “easy, normal” pregnancies and childbirth be cognizant of the struggles many others have…and continue to give God the thanks and praise for His great gifts.

  31. I make “Resurrection Rolls” (same thing – just a different name) with my kids every Easter. When my daughter was 4, the rotation for me to teach her Sunday School class feel on Easter so I made these rolls with all of the kids in the class. (A teacher helper ran the sheet pan down the hall to the church kitchen to bake, then brought them back later for the kids to eat.) As the kids opened up the rolls at snack time and found the empty space, I asked, “Where’s Jesus?” I was hoping they would say something like, “he’s gone…” Instead, my daughter piped up, “We cooked him!” Object lesson fail. 🙂 Happy Easter!

  32. We went through all the testing, taking the basal temps, couldn’t find the medical reason why I wasn’t getting pregnant, the whole nine yards, only to lose our first pregnancy to an incomplete miscarriage (had to have a D&C). Then a year later, I got pregnant to our only son, my miracle baby. When he was abt. five, he decided he wanted a baby sister and began praying for one, every night for about 5 months and even named her Shelby Ruth. Where he got that name, I don’t know, and it was heartbreaking to see his faith and not getting results, knowing that God sees the big picture and we don’t. So then we shared with him that perhaps he had a sister in heaven waiting for him and that seemed to satisfy him.
    A Christian girlfriend sent me this recipe. I would like to copy it to put it into my Documented Faith-book (Stephanie Ackerman), if that’s okay with you. I will give you credit. This friend knows I love stuff like this. God’s Blessings on your family. I know it was worth going through everything to have that precious bundle of joy!

  33. How amazing I saw this today!! The Home Ec teacher that taught my 2 sons this recipe died yesterday and she was my teacher also!! Had lost this recipe many years ago and what a way to remember this special lady by finding this today!! I will have my Granddaughter make these!!! They where never called this they where Marshmellow Surprise I think!! An awesome way to tell the story of Easter!! Grandkids have all been Baptised and very Blessed !!

  34. I came for the roll recipe, and it contained yet another divine nudge. We are in the same place, albeit for a different medical reason. But there’s that nudge. Gentle, yet persistent. We finally had the same conversation and shed the same tears just a couple weeks ago. We’ll see where it goes, but we have no doubt God is in it.

    Thanks for sharing.

  35. Wanting a baby is not a selfish desire, whether it takes great sacrifice or not. God took my twins from me, and does not hear my prayers or pleading. It appears we are to remain invisible parents, despite a calling to be otherwise.

    • A.G. Having lost three many years ago, I know nothing can assuage you terrible pain. We were able to adopt and God gave me the desires of my heart unquestionably. Have a crumb of faith. Be open to other paths. Your prayers are heard. We have nothing if the tomb is not empty. Don’t lose hope.

    • Hi AG,

      I’m so sorry for your loss. He hears you, but his ways are not our ways and I’m sure there is a plan for you. Sometimes we have to listen to what he desires for us and pray for that. Our sweet friends cannot have children so they’ve adopted, others have done foster care while others merely be the best neighbors, aunts and uncles they can. We are each parents when we choose to love others, it’s just the description that changes, not the name.

    • I could not have children. But I was able to adopt, I was there at his birth. He is now 20 and about to be a father. He is the greatest gift I could of received. I thank GOD every day. May GOD be with you.

      • Robin, wow!! Thank you for taking the time to leave that comment. Just think, without you his life would have been totally different. Adoption is one of the greatest blessings on earth.

    • I have been in your shoes many times…lost 5 early in my marriage… until I had tubal pregnancies, leaving me with a hysterectomy…and little hope. At age 54, I was asked to foster, and my first 2 were siblings…a baby and a 1 1/2 yr. old sister. Little did I know they were going to become my 2 blessings from God…the ones He picked out just for me. I am 63 now and raising these precious children (always being called “grandma” by their friends.) Never would I have dreamed I would be a parent of 2 young children at this age. But not only does God have a sense of humor…His timing is perfect..and knowing, without a doubt, this was His gift to me, I also am certain He brought me to it… He will bless me through it. Never doubt the power of prayer…just remember..pray in detail. He will answer and you will know when He does. Blessings to you.

      • Wow, what an amazing story!! I love your faith and optimism. Thank you for being a mother to those kiddos. Something everyone deserves but not everyone has.

    • A.G. I have three in Heaven (all boys, set of twins) one (35 y/o man now) and 16 others that call me “Mama #2”. We don’t know how our story will unfold, I asked for a dozen natural childbirths & had one c-section that we were lucky to survive (almost didn’t). Keep your hearts open and trust that “your story” is still happening. I’d be honored to pray daily for you, I’m here if you need. Blessings, Much Love & Big Hugs!! ?????????

  36. How long do you bake them?

  37. Thank you for such a delicious and timely and easy recipe. Making these gorgeous church breakfast!

  38. Beautiful story and such wonderful parents! Thank-you, for sharing your story, of your pregnancy and the rolls correlation of Jesus and the meaning of Easter. May God Bless your sweet family! Happy Easter!

  39. I am lucky that I found this web blog, the right information that I was searching for!

  40. Have you ever made these in a toaster oven? This would be a beautiful object lesson for my Sunday school kids!

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  42. i’m super happy for you all! thanks for sharing your inspiring and FAITH-promoting experience. may you be blessed for your goodness.

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  44. What a beautiful, incredible experience. Thank you so much for sharing. I am inspired by your posts often. Thank you.

  45. What a truly Beautiful story. My husband and I tried 15 years (numerous miscarriages-one where I was 6months along and we had heard her heartbeat and saw her imagine on the ultrasound the week before) bfore we were blessed withour Miracle baby Nik. I had another miscarriage and finally an hysterectom. We Thanked The Good Lord with giving us the one son and then when he was 12 his best friend was removed from his home alone with his 4yr brother by DYFS. Nik begged us to go bring him home. So we talked it over and decided this was God telling us we were needed. I went the County Courts and applied for custody,was denied but the case worker said donr give and when I triedI again, the judge granted custody to me. We had tobecome foster parents to receive his brother. Four years later the Courts passed our Adoption requests. God knew what he was doing and we Believe in him.

  46. Such a moving post! Congratulations on your new baby.

  47. I love reading your story. Thanks for sharing something so personal to you and your family.