Hocus Pocus Buns

I’m about to blow your mind with these little sweet buns that have many names, but we are going to call them Hocus Pocus Buns (or Hocus Pocus Rolls). One of the easiest treats you’ll make.

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Buttery, flaky golden brown rolls stuffed with marshmallows basted in butter and cinnamon sugar. But when baked, the marshmallows explode and line the inside of the rolls, leaving them visibly empty, but amazingly delicious.

Sweet Bread By Many Names

These easy little 6-ingredients rolls have many names. Magic Marshmallow Rolls, Hocus Pocus Buns, Disappearing Marshmallow Rolls, Marshmallow Meltaways, Empty Tomb Rolls, Empty Coffin Rolls and Resurrection Rolls.

The last is probably the most popular aside from Hocus Pocus Buns, which makes me think of the Halloween movie. Empty Tomb Rolls are actually tied to the Easter holiday.

They are meant to symbolize the empty tomb of Christ after being resurrected. But these little bundles are so darn good, there is NO WAY you’ll only eat them once a year.

Breakfast or Dessert?

It is my understanding that most people eat them for breakfast, but I also like them for dessert.

Pair them with a scoop of ice cream or eat them by themselves and you’ve got an ooey gooey delicious dessert.

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Why You’ll Love This Hocus Pocus Buns Recipe

A dough ball filled with melted marshmallow and topped with cinnamon sugar- what’s not to love!

  • Magical treats – Everyone, both little ones and adults will be amazed at how the marshmallow just “disappears” after baking!
  • Perfect for breakfast or dessert – These yummy buns can be served any time of the day, all year round.
  • Simple ingredients – You only need 6 easy to find ingredients to make these delicious marshmallow melts. 


You might have most of the ingredients to make this simple recipe on hand already. If not, they’re easily found at the grocery store. 

  • White sugar – Plain white granulated sugar is all you need for this Halloween treat.
  • Ground cinnamon – Check out my informational post about whether you’re using the right cinnamon!
  • Ground nutmeg – This ingredient is optional, but it adds a little something extra to that melt in your mouth cinnamon sugar flavor.
  • Can of crescent rolls – Crescent roll dough is perfect of these sweet treats because all the work is done for you!
  • Large marshmallows – Usually you can use large or small marshmallows interchangeably, but for this it’s much easier to use large marshmallows.
  • Melted butter – You know I always say to use unsalted butter when baking or cooking, but for this recipe I actually prefer salted. 

How to Make Hocus Pocus Buns

Making these gems is easy, but I will warn you to try and pinch them together as good as possible or else the marshmallow will melt out.

They will still be good (and honestly, the melted out gooey marshmallow might be my favorite part of these). Most recipes don’t include nutmeg, but I think it adds a little more sophistication in flavor. It is optional.

  1. Make cinnamon sugar mixture. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small glass bowl.
  2. Coat marshmallows. Dip marshmallows in the melted butter, then roll in cinnamon mixture. 
  3. Roll it up. Place the marshmallow at the wider end of the triangle and roll up, being careful to pinch and squeeze together all the seams of the crescent dough so the marshmallow has the least possibility of escaping.
  4. Dip in butter. Dip the bottom of the bun in butter to prevent sticking.
  5. Prepare baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Some people cook them in a muffin tin or muffin pan, but I didn’t find it to help or hinder except the parchment made for easy clean up.
  6. Baste with butter. Remove and baste with more melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar blend again.
  7. Let cool. Allow to cool slightly- the insides of these bad boys will be smoking! Warm buns are the best.

What to Serve with Hocus Pocus Buns

You can serve these delicious melt-in your mouth rolls any time of year, but they’re especially great during spooky season. If serving as breakfast rolls, you can serve them with other breakfast favorites like cinnamon rolls, bacon in the air fryer, sausage or breakfast casseroles.

It’s also a great recipe for dessert. Serve when watching your favorite Halloween movie, like Hocus Pocus with the Sanderson sisters, and they’ll taste great with popcorn or any other movie treat. 

Variations & Toppings

Many recipes will use different toppings but honestly I found more than a dusting to be a little much. There are also ways to customize the sugar mixture.

  • Extra cinnamon sugar. Dip the whole roll in melted butter and roll in sugar mix. You might need to make a little more cinnamon sugar if you do this.
  • Add a glaze. Drizzle with a glaze. Whisk together 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or almond extract and 1-2 tablespoons of whole milk- drizzle while warm. This way, they taste more like a cinnamon roll.
  • Swap out the spices. Switch up the sugar. Instead of adding ground cinnamon and nutmeg, swap out pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice.
  • Make them colorful! What a surprise on the inside when the sugar was colored. Just add some color sanded sugar to the blend and it will melt together.
  • Drizzle. I’ve never said no to a caramel drizzle, but this recipe, you might be better off dipping it. Same goes for fudge sauce, kinda of like a churro! Do you like sopapillas? Honey on top will give you the same flavors!
  • Vegan. This sweet treat is still pure magic if you use vegan butter and vegan marshmallows.
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Storage & Leftover

Storage: I’ll honestly be surprised if you have leftovers, but should you find yourself with extra, place them in an airtight container or plastic bag. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven. Microwaving hocus pocus buns make them gummy.

Freezing: I do not suggest freezing them. Just make a fresh batch.

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Marshmallow Hocus Pocus Buns Recipe

4.54 from 47 votes
Cinnamon sugar and butter drenched marshmallows wrapped in a soft crescent roll for one of the easiest desserts ever.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 3 tablespoons Dixie Crystal Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 ounce can crescent rolls
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted


  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Unroll crescent rolls onto a cutting board or work surface.
  • Dip a marshmallow in melted butter, then roll in sugar. Reserve any leftover cinnamon sugar mix. Reserve leftover butter and cinnamon sugar.
  • Place in the center of a crescent roll, roll up, pressing together the edges to seal. Dip the bottom of the bun in melted butter to prevent sticking.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops are browned. Remove and baste with the remaining melted butter and dust with leftover cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Remove and allow to cool slightly- insides will be HOT!
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!


Calories: 177 kcal, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 266 mg, Potassium: 3 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 11 g, Vitamin A: 132 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 4 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 177
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: empty tombs, hocus pocus buns, magic marshmallow crescent rolls
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    1. LOL- too funny! My 8th grade home ec project was monkey bread with biscuits, which is proudly posted on the blog too.

  1. These buns look sooo delicious and soft, I can’t wait to try them out! That marshmallow middle looks dreaaaaamy!

  2. I have some kiddos home for the summer that love to bake. This will be perfect for us to make and enjoy together!

  3. What a cute little treat! I have never heard of them but they’d be so fun to make with kids.

  4. 5 stars
    What a brilliantly spectacular recipe! Such a fun recipe for the holidays and I can’t wait to trick my boys with these magical treats!