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Empty Tomb Buns/Resurrection Buns!

Jack and his Empty Tomb Buns

Jack and his Empty Tomb Buns

Three Crosses

Three Crosses


Each Thursday I chat with Anna Mitchell of Sacred Heart Radio and today we talked about foods and herbs associated with Passover and Easter. I also shared recipes for Empty Tomb Buns/Resurrection Rolls and a way to showcase Jesus dying on the cross. Check out the recipe and photos!


Aloe Numbers 24:6 Like aloes that the Lord has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters….

There were 2 kinds of aloes: the first was a fragrant wood, and the gum or perfume extracted from it was costly. This was used by the Egyptians for embalming bodies and Nicodemus brought it to annoint the body of Christ.

The other aloe is the plant we are familiar with: called the burn plant since the juice of this succulent heals burns.

John 13  38-   Peter claims he would lay down his life for Jesus. But he doesn’t know his own heart – ” before the cock crows twice, you’ll disown me 3 times”.

Chicken eggs are traditionally connected with rebirth, just like Jesus rose from the dead. In the early Christian days eggs were forbidden during Lent. This made them bountiful and exciting forty days later.

The legend goes that Mary Magdalen brought a basket of hardboiled eggs to share with the mourners at Jesus tomb, and upon finding it empty the eggs turned red. Another legend says she told the emperor of Rome that Jesus had risen, and he pointed to an egg and said Jesus had no more risen than that egg was red. And the egg turned red. It’s fun to have one Easter egg in the basket that is bright red! You make it with red food coloring.

Additionally, Christians refer to Jesus as the “Lamb of God,” so it makes sense that the food shows up at the Easter table.

Lamb would have been one of the first fresh meats available after a long winter with no livestock to slaughter.

What’s the symbolism for hot cross buns?

They were once reserved for Good Friday alone to honor Jesus dying on the cross. I have a recipe for hot cross buns on my site. Also a fun way to show this event is to make pretzel crosses and insert them into a bowl of jelly beans (see below)

The ingredients of the anointing oil referred to in Exodus 30:24 included the bark of the cassia tree.

The bark of this tree is similar to cinnamon and is valued for its aromatic qualities. The spice was available to the Israelites during the Exodus. It was heavily taxed and used in anointing so we believe it  would have been used to anoint Jesus after His death.

Today we use cinnamon in both hot cross buns and the empty tomb buns, the recipe of which I’m sharing today.


Fun for kids because the marshmallow melts in the center of the bun, so that when you bite into it, the bun is hollow but coated inside with marshmallow representing Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb.


12 large biscuits – I used Grands biscuits

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

12 large marshmallows

1 stick melted butter


Mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.

Dip each marshmallow into melted margarine, then into sugar cinnamon mixture. Wrap biscuit around each marshmallow pinching bottom TIGHTLY. (If you don’t do this, the marshmallow will pop out during baking).

Dip biscuit into butter then into sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place pinched side down in sprayed muffin cup pan.

Bake according to biscuit can directions. (Again, this is important because if you overbake, the marshmallow pops out).


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