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Empty Tomb Rolls are the perfect treat for Easter. Whether you have them for breakfast, brunch or dessert, they will be a huge hit!

These rolls are amazing anytime, but we love them for Easter morning! For more sweet and savory breakfast ideas try these cinnamon rolls, donut holes or German pancake.

Empty tomb rolls in a basket, opened with gooey center.Resurrection Rolls

Empty Tomb Rolls are also known as Resurrection Rolls. These rolls are popular at Easter time because of their symbolism, and because they taste so delicious. The outside is covered in a buttery cinnamon and sugar coating and the inside has a ooey gooey caramel-like cinnamon and sugar syrup. They are perfect to make with the kids and while you dip and roll you can teach them the meaning of the symbols.

Whether or not you make them to celebrate Easter, you need to make these just because they are so fun. The kids will love rolling the marshmallows in butter and cinnamon and sugar and folding it up in the roll dough. Then as they cook the marshmallow disappears leaving behind the sweet spiced syrup inside that make them so fantastic to eat. Kids of all ages will love making and eating these special treats. You have to try them!

Ingredients for Tomb Rolls

Use large marshmallows that soft and fresh for best results.

  • Sugar: Sweet white sugar.
  • Cinnamon: Adds the spice that compliments the sugar.
  • Rhodes Rolls: You can use refrigerated crescent rolls or biscuits as well.
  • Marshmallows: Big fresh squishy jumbo marshmallows.
  • Butter: Do not substitute, butter is best.

How to Make Easter Tomb Rolls

Yes, these are a bit messy to make, but it is so worth it and so much fun!

  1. Prepare: Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 12 muffin tin and set aside.
  2. Sugar and Spice: In a small bowl whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Dough: Flatten out each roll into a small circle
  4. Dip: Dip the marshmallow into the melted butter.
  5. Dunk: Then dip the marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar.
  6. Encase: Place the marshmallow into the center and fold over the marshmallow and seal.
  7. Roll: Take the dough ball and roll it in melted butter.
  8. Dip: Then roll in the cinnamon and sugar again. Place into the muffin tin.
  9. Bake: Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or till cooked through. Remove and let cool.

Spreading out the dough, dipping the marshmallow in seasonings and wrapping it in the dough.

Tomb Roll Symbolism

These incredible treats are the perfect way to teach the true meaning of Easter. As you assemble the rolls with your kids you can explain what the different ingredients symbolizes. And then when you take them out, do not forget to explain the best part, the hollow inside representing the empty tomb. It is the best part. The kids and adults all love it.

  • Large Marshmallows: This represents the body of Jesus.
  • Roll Dough: Represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body or the tomb.
  • Melted Butter: Symbolizes the  oils of embalming that were used.
  • Cinnamon and Sugar Mix: This represents the spices used to anoint Christ’s body.
  • Oven: Symbolizes the tomb.
  • Hollow Inside Bun: These means the empty tomb or the empty cloths.

Dipping the roll in butter and cinnamon sugar and placing in muffin tin.

Tips for Easy Empty Tomb Rolls

These are absolutely delightful both to make and to eat. Here are a few tips to make them exquisite.

  • Dough: You can use different kinds of dough for these, from Rhodes Rolls, to homemade dough. There are lots of options. Try refrigerated biscuit or crescent dough. For extremely flakey rolls use frozen pastry or phyllo dough.
  • Thaw: If you use Rhodes Rolls and want to make in the morning you can thaw the dough in the fridge overnight and they’ll be ready to make in the morning. Let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes at least.
  • Seal It: You will want to make sure to seal the dough so the ooey gooeyness doesn’t ooze out. Pinch the ends securely and dip your fingertips in water to help seal the edges if needed.
  • Muffin tin Must:  Using a muffin tin to put the rolls in actually will help the rolls seal. If any of the marshmallow leaks out, it will be contained and absorbed into the tomb rolls.
  • Dipping: I love to use my kids to help with this part. They love it. I encourage them to use one hand for the butter and one hand for the cinnamon and sugar mix. Then it is best if someone different seals the rolls without cinnamon and sugar or butter on their hands. This will increase the chance of them not coming apart.
  • Grease it or Parchment:  No matter how sealed the rolls are there will be some leakage. Be sure to grease the muffin tin or use parchment paper in each tin.

Opening an empty tomb roll to reveal the melted marshmallow goodness.

How to Store the Best Empty Tomb Rolls

These Tomb rolls are best eaten right from the oven, after it has cooled slightly. The melted marshmallow can harden as it cools. If you do have leftovers keep them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can reheat these in the microwave for 8-10 seconds. These will keep for up to 3 days.

Empty tomb rolls in a basket ready to eat.

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Empty Tomb Rolls

5 from 1 vote
By: Alyssa Rivers
Empty Tomb Rolls are the perfect treat for Easter. Whether you have them for breakfast, brunch or dessert, they will be a huge hit!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Rolls


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 12 Rhodes Rolls thawed (can use refrigerated crescent rolls or biscuits)
  • 12 jumbo marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 12 muffin tin and set aside.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Flatten out each roll into a small circle.
  • Dip the marshmallow into the melted butter.
  • Dip the marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar.
  • Place the marshmallow into the center and fold over the marshmallow and seal.
  • Roll into the melted butter.
  • And again in the cinnamon sugar. Place into the muffin tin.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes and remove from the oven and let cool.


Calories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 238IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. I’ve never seem these before or heard of them, love the whole idea of celebrating an empty tomb at at Easter, very creative, thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      Sabrina, these Empty Tombs are fantastic and so simple to make. I make them all the time, not just at Easter!!!