Empty Tomb Rolls

Empty Tomb Rolls or Marshmallow Delights – easy cinnamon sugar rolls with a melting marshmallow inside. These are a great symbolic dessert recipe for Easter.

We make these Empty Tomb Rolls every year for Easter with the kids. Even when it’s not Easter, these are a tasty and quick dessert.

These Empty Tomb Rolls were originally posted in 2009.

Empty Tomb Rolls - easy and a great dessert for Easter. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com


The generosity shown to me after I had my third son Wes was unbelievable. Not only did my church friends bring in meals for 5 days but my friends brought in 4 meals after that.
Usually I have food issues. I’m not sure where it stemmed from. Maybe it’s just that I have found one too many hairs in food. Anyway, unless I know you well…and know that you are a clean cook, I am wary of your food.
A bit snobbish, but it’s the truth. After I had the baby, however, I didn’t even think about any of that. I was humbled and truly grateful for everyone’s willingness to help make a meal.Empty Tomb Rolls or Marshmallow Delights - easy cinnamon sugar rolls with a melting marshmallow inside. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

My friend Wendy is an amazing cook and brought in these babies as dessert with her meal. The marshmallow melts inside the roll creating a juicy sauce. It’s like an inside out cinnamon roll.

I have heard these referred to as “Empty Tomb” rolls that can be made at Easter. They are easy to make with kids and they invite the opportunity to explain about the resurrection because the disappearing marshmallow is supposed to represent Jesus being risen.

Here’s a breakdown of the symbolism of Empty Tomb Rolls:

  • Large Marshmallows – body of Jesus
  • Melted Butter – oils of embalming
  • Cinnamon  and Sugar Mix- spices used to anoint Christ’s body.
  • Crescent Roll – the wrapping of Jesus’ body or the tomb.
  • Oven – the tomb
  • Cavity in bun – the empty tomb or the empty cloths

 Other Easter Recipes:

Easter Bunny Cake

Moist Carrot Cake

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Empty Tomb Rolls - easy and a great dessert for Easter. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
“Empty Tomb” Rolls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 rolls
  • 1 8 ounce or (12 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls (the bigger size makes it a little easier to wrap around the marshmallow)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup butter , melted
  1. Separate rolls into eight triangles. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip each marshmallow into butter, roll in cinnamon-sugar and place on a triangle. Pinch dough around marshmallow, sealing all edges. Make sure to seal well or all the marshmallow will escape.
  2. Dip tops of dough into remaining butter and cinnamon-sugar. Place with sugar side up in greased muffin cups. It helps to use jumbo muffin tins so that the juice doesn't overflow.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly then eat warm.
Recipe Notes

Source: my friend Wendy and Allrecipes

Empty Tomb Rolls - easy and a great dessert for Easter. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

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  1. These look so yummy! I have always loved marshmallows.

  2. wow doesn’t rven look like theres marshmallow in there

  3. Interesting…I want one with a cup of coffee!

  4. two things i love but have never consumed in combination = crescent rolls and marshmallows. these are exquisite and i intend to make a batch posthaste!

  5. These are hilarious and VERY clever! They also look and sound delicious.

    I wonder if I could use homemade biscuit dough instead? It’s not the same a crescent rolls, but might be just as good… or maybe too heavy? Hmmm….

  6. I made these for my sunday school class of 3-5 graders and they loved them. They wrapped their own and we put them in the oven – and they came out perfectly hollow (a few of the less pinched leaked), but they got the point, and they tasted WONDERFUL. Even the leftovers not warm were good – the inside turned to a wonderful GOO! 🙂

  7. Made these puppies for a special treat following the “Baked Ziti”, and my boy’s devoured them! Very Yummy….And soo easy!!

  8. I’ve made these twice and both times they stuck to the muffin tin. Half of them oozed out during baking. I sure would like it if I didn’t have to dig them out of the muffin tins and soak the tins in hot water to clean. What am I doing wrong? My husband and granddaughter can’t get enough of them. They don’t care how they turn out. My husband puts frozen whipped cream in the center. Please Help!

  9. Yvonne,

    A couple things to help you so they don’t leak:

    Really try to seal and pinch up the dough tight so that it doesn’t leak. Also spray the muffin tins well with PAM so it doesn’t stick if it does leak. Finally, some people said that Pilsbury brand rolls work the best and leak less.

    Good luck,


  10. my purity bible study made this years ago, except we called them ‘resurrection rolls ! they’re fantastic!!

  11. Those Marshmallow Delightsare just adorable! Can I change the marshmallows for some different fruits,??? I need to prepared this recipe to my next meeting tomorrow!!22dd

  12. these are wonderful…would love for you to link this to my fridays unfolded to share with my readers http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net/2011/04/fridays-unfolded-14.html


    stuff and nonsense

  13. My wife and I are trying these tonight (Easter Sunday) with our 9-month old son (our first child) as the beginning of our new Family Easter Tradition.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  14. My roommate and I used to make these – we always called them Moose Knuckles though. No idea where the name came from!

  15. Wow is amazing I love this product and is delicious and perfect for kids too, thanks for the recomendation

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  17. Do regular, store-bought puff marshmallows work? I thought that they would just get toasty? If standard marshmallows work in these, then I’m going to try them next weekend!

  18. @iggyaa,
    Yes, store bought marshmallows is what I used and they do disappear!

  19. I am so glad I found your blog! A few years ago Sonic came out with Cinnamon poppers for a few months and I made a point of eating there more often just to get them. Now I can make them for myself.

    Thanks for posting this and I can’t wait to make them with my grandkids.

  20. We made these in my jr. high school home economics class, only instead of crescents we used biscuts. They are sooo good and literally the first thing I ever made that people raved about. My ward used to have a bake sale to raise money for girls camp and this was the recipe I always made and we would sell out after two or three stops (we did a trunk bake sale and traveled around the neighborhoods in our ward).

  21. I love these, the whole idea, awesome. Going to share these with my friends in a women’s group. THANKS

  22. Hi! Could you please shed some light on what “crescent rolls” are? I live in New Zealand and would love to make this for Easter, but have no idea what our equivalent here is. I’m so glad I found your website!!

  23. So I could theoretically use the Pillsbury biscuit dough instead of the crescent roll stuff, right? These look delicious.

  24. This recipe was originally called “Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs” and one the Pillsbury Bake-off contest in 1969. My mom’s been making them ever since, and now so do I. You can also drizzle with powder sugar icing and chopped pecans if you want.

  25. My husband made these this afternoon for Easter dessert. He put them in part way through dinner so that they were nice and warm for serving. SO YUMMY fresh out of the oven.

  26. I just saw this posting on pinterest. I got a kick out of your name “the girl who ate everything” but then you admit you “won’t eat other people’s foods unless you know them really well….which is just how I am.

  27. Okay, one of my favorites. We actually learned to make these in 7th grade co-ed HomeEc class and I have made them ever since. They are wonderful w/ choc. chips, or a smidge of strawberry jam inside w/ the marshmallow as well! Enjoy

  28. We just used your recipe in my junior class to make Tomb Bread in celebration of Easter. Turned out great. Thanks for including a re-cap on the symbolism. Muffin tins not necessary: we just put them onto a baking sheet (which is probably easier for cleaning after).

  29. We just made these and not only did my kids devour these but they had so much being able to help make these. Such a cute Easter activity.

  30. Can you add me to your emailings. I could not find a place to join, thx

  31. This recipe was a National Pillsbury winner many many years ago. I have been making them for over 20 years.

  32. Has anyone tried this with homemade dough? My family and I really, really dislike the store-bought crescent dough BUT we really, really want to try this recipe!

  33. Chris Mergener says:

    I have been looking for this recipe forever! I used to make these back in 70’s and lost the recipe. It is a fun recipe to make. Thank you for posting. ☺

  34. What a fabulous recipe!! I am thrilled you shared this with everyone.
    I found your site through the pizza monkey bread recipe which by the way is absolutely tasty.
    I am enjoying browsing through some of your recipes. Thumbs up! Way up! Great site

  35. I’ve made these for five times they are amazing huge success! I will say I use the jumbo crescent rolls it’s easier to keep the marshmallow inside with that. says:

    I’ve made these for five times they are amazing huge success! I will say I use the jumbo crescent rolls it’s easier to keep the marshmallow inside with that