Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter- Redundo Rolls Revisited

With Easter coming this weekend lots of people will be making lots of fun Easter goodies.
One goodie that always seems to make the list, and then make the hit list are these Resurrection Rolls (or Marshmallow Rolls, or Hocus Pocus Rolls etc.). They never seem to turn out like you are hoping/expecting.
Here is a compilation of these "Redundo Rolls" that we featured last year around this time, Marquette put this together and I thought it might be helpful for someone this coming weekend! Take some pointers before you start!
Happy Friday all!
Marshmallow Rolls
You've seen them on the blog as Redundo Rolls. You've seen them on Pinterest as Hocus Pocus Rolls or Resurrection Rolls. You've seen them exploding in your ovens.  Today...we give you:

The Original Pin
The Disappearing Marshmallow Rolls! We featured this on the blog before, but we've had quite a few entries since then. I've been saving this one though. Why? Because I tried it, followed our advice, and couldn't get it to work. I ended with results just like these:

The Pinstrosities
 "Mine turned out more like marshmallow snails. In the recipe/directions, she doesn't actually give measurements for ratio of cinnamon to sugar or how much melted butter you need, so I don't think that was the issue. Others had commented that the marshmallow melts and leaks out if you don't make sure your crescent roll "seams" are sealed well, so I made sure to try to do that. Thing is, ours didn't just leak out, they sort of exploded. After they cooled, the marshmallow size went down and they were delicious anyway, but they definitely didn't look like they were supposed to." -Jacy

 "I was super excited to see these marshmallow-y delights on Pinterest and decided to try them out for an easy dessert.  I have a bunch of campfire marshmallows left over from a camping season riddled with fire-bans (Colorado spent almost the whole camping season on fire ban).  I figured I could use up marshmallows and free up pantry space.  I broke out my giant marshmallows, the cinnamon and sugar, my melted butter and of course the crescent rolls, perused the directions a 3rd time since that seems to be a primary fail culprit. I took a whole marshmallow dipped it in the melted butter rolled it in the cinnamon/sugar mix then attempted to wrap it in a crescent. Not such a stellar job, but it worked, I had to stretch the dough a bit to accommodate the over-large marshmallow but it worked.  I decided after that maybe a ½ campfire-mallow would work and the next 2 were done in halves, it was still a bit of a squeeze and then I ¼’d the marshmallow.  The wrapping was much easier now but I was out of crescents so it was time to get dessert baking.  I was entertaining my sister-in-law and we were chatting at the table when she looked at the oven and said “uuhhh – is it supposed to explode?” Sure enough I had the stay-puffed marshmallow monster growing steadily in my oven reigned in only by feeble crescent bonds.  The dough looked like it was just about perfect so I pulled them out and this is what I had (this picture was taken after we had eaten some of the flattened sweeties) Thank heavens I put foil on the pan and sprayed it with Pam this was such a gooey mess! They were delicious please don’t think I’m complaining but the marshmallows most definitely didn’t disappear and the crescents didn’t hold any type of shape.  Obviously the next time I do this I’ll be using regular sized marshmallows but even the quartered ones (which ought to have been just about the same size) didn’t hold up.  Please help!  I want these to be the tastey pop-able puffs of Halloween that I imagined them to be!" -Alison

"I followed the recipe exactly so I'm not sure where I went wrong :( Regardless of if I knew or not, I will not be trying this one again because I have yet to clean out my oven and I just don't want to add to it. I give this one a 3 out of 5." -Jamie -Kierra

"I tried to make these Crescent-Roll-Cinnamon-Sugar-Marshmallow things. Marshmallow everywhere. But they still tasted good!" -Sarah

"As soon as I pulled these out of the oven I knew I had to send it in. I don't know if I just did something wrong or if this doesn't really work. It said the marshmallows would disappear, but they just spewed out of the sides. I followed the recipe exactly and I even spent extra time on pinching the dough closed so that there were no openings. So here's my pinstrosity. " -Sariah


When I made mine I took extra time to make sure that I had pinched the dough closed very thoroughly...and I still ended up with flattened and spewed rolls. I didn't take a picture because they look like all the other photos above. I wasn't quite sure how to solve this. That is, until Carter emailed us. Carter tried out the recipe the first time and got this:


But Carter's no quitter. Here's the story:

 "I thought I would send in my lovely experience (and high quality images) to share! And my advice on how other pinners can avoid the hell I found with these heavenly rolls."

"I had just gotten home from a horrible accounting test and all I wanted to do was eat my feelings. I had pinned these bad boys about a week earlier, so they were still fresh on my sweet desiring radar. My boyfriend was also on his way to visit me (I live in Athens and he lives in Atlanta) so I thought I would have something delicious ready for his arrival. After a quick pit stop at the grocery store, I pulled up the original site and followed the recipe from start to finish.
One of the pictures I have included is how the rolls are supposed to look, all cute and fluffy and filled with deliciousness. When my oven timer finally went off after fifteen minutes, that was not at all what I found. The picture included is how mine appeared the exact moment I pulled them out of the oven. My roommates and I had a good laugh at first, then came time to scrape them off the pan.....thirty minutes later, we had a broken pile of cooked crescent dough on a plate. This was a pin fail for the books."

"About a week later, and the night before my business statistics test, I thought I would put the other tube of crescent rolls in my fridge to use and make these bad boys again. This time, instead of pinching them shut like the recipe calls for you to do, I wrapped them in such a way that the marshmallow could still breathe. Fifteen minutes later I pulled out perfectly fluffy, delicious treats (and they taste just as heavenly as the Easter story they represent). The point being DO NOT SEAL THESE SHUT! It will piss off your marshmallow and make for a horrendous clean up time!"

I want to try these again, and now I know what to do. Thanks so much for your help and sleuthfulness (I'm sure that's a word) Carter, you're the best! 
Alright Pinstrosipeeps! Who will be, or has already tried these this year!? Send us your results! The good, the bad and the ugly, and we will make another compilation of Redundo Rolls! Good luck everyone!


  1. I first read about these rolls on this blog, and thought I'd give it a shot. I was expecting an epic failure, but I just want to go on the record as saying that I followed the recipe exactly and had PERFECT results. No marshmallow blowouts, burnt buns or anything! Just flaky, heavenly rolls with a magically missing marshmallow in the middle!

    I used the recipe over at The Girl Who Ate Everything:

    She does specify amounts of everything - 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon and 1/4 cup melted butter. I bought the Pillsbury brand original crescent rolls and rolled the marshmallows up starting from the wider end of the roll. I didn't even try extra hard to seal everything in, just made sure the edges seemed closed and popped them in the oven. No problem at all! Maybe it was a fluke, but I've made these three times since then and will definitely be making for Easter! I haven't had a single issue making these at all.

  2. You need muffin tins, and very fresh marshmallows. Older marshmallows don't melt right.

  3. I made these the other day and they were awesome! I used a recipe found on pinterest for french bread rolls, rolled it out, rolled the marshmallows in melted butter then cinnamon/sugar, enclosed the 'mallow in the dough, and cooked for the recommended time for that particular roll recipe (20 minutes). Some of the marshmallow did come out, but since I had parchment paper down on the cookie sheet, it didn't other me. The rolls looked good, were not flat, and we got several bites that tasted like a cinnamon roll, even the next day! We are making 40 of these on Sunday for a lesson my husband is doing, and I am 100% confident that we will get the same results.

  4. I have two words for you about how to make these successful: MUFFIN TIN. if you put them in a muffin tin, they stay the right shape and don't flatten out. The other tip is to actually not seal them super tight. You're going to get some oozing, and that's okay; it's part of the charm. If you spray the muffin tins really well, they should come out alright. Take this from someone who has made these successfully since I was 7: the muffin tin is the secret. Everything else matters a lot less. I've even made these in a solar box oven and had them turn out fine, just as long as they're in a muffin tin.


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