Resurrection Rolls

These hollow dinner rolls-that represent Jesus' empty tomb-are not only an Easter tradition in my home, they are the highlight of our Easter celebration meal.  They are expected so much that when my kids saw me making these for this tutorial they were confused and kept asking if today was Easter.  You can imagine the bliss on their faces as I explained I was making them to share with you and they realized they would get to enjoy them twice this season.  

Here is what you need...

Frozen dough for dinner rolls - found in the freezer section of your grocer
Marshmallows - regular size
Melted Butter
Sugar and Cinnamon Mixture - I recommend about a 4:1 ratio.  (4 being the sugar...mmmmm)

1.  Thaw rolls - Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Arrange dough balls, leaving about 2 inches between each ball.   I usually plan on 3-4 rolls per person (we snack on them later in the day) so I place about 16 per cookie sheet. Spray some plastic wrap with non-stick spray (so the wrap doesn't stick to your dough) and cover them as they thaw.  This will keep the dough from drying out and getting a hard crust.  My house was fairly warm the day I made these and it took about 1 and 1/2 hours for them to thaw.

2.  Add Marshmallow - Before the dough rises, flatten it to a 3" diameter circle.  Place your marshmallow in the middle and pinch the dough closed around the marshmallow to completely cover it up.  Roll the dough ball in the palm of your hand to smooth out the closure and seal it.

Amendment:  A few have commented with difficulties getting their dough to stick close around the marshmallow.  Before putting the butter on, put marshmallows in ALL the dough balls.  If your fingers get greasy from using the butter it will easily transfer to your dough and prevent it from sticking closed around itself.

3.  Roll dough covered marshmallow in butter. (Or brush it on.)  

4.  Sprinkle on cinnamon & sugar mixture.  Or you can do like my family does and roll it on. We like them super flavorful, sweet and yummy.  (By the way...I typically use raw unbleached sugar which is why mine has a darker color and a more coarse texture.  You can use whatever style sugar you keep on hand.)

5.  Place them on a greased cookie sheet, cover them again with your non-stick coated plastic wrap and let them rise until they double in size.  This takes approximately 30-60 minutes depending on how warm the environment is.  And not to worry...if they don't rise they'll still taste yummy.  I'm not sure why yet...but it isn't often that I actually get my rolls to rise as they should.  This particular time would be one of those times.  They barely rose but left one of the better 'tombs' I've had in my rolls. 

6.  Don't forget to pre-heat your oven during the last 10 minutes of your rising step.  When they are ready to bake, place them in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

7.  When they are done baking, remove them from the pan and cool on a wire rack.  

8.  Enjoy them together.
"The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay."
Matthew 28:5-6 

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