Hocus Pocus Crescent Rolls Recipe (How To Make Halloween Vanishing Buns with Story) (2024)

This Hocus Pocus crescent rolls recipe is also called Hocus Pocus buns, ghost crescent rolls, empty coffin rolls, magic buns, or disappearing marshmallow crescent rolls / disappearing marshmallow puffs. It makes a super fun holiday Halloween activity for kids, group preschool activities, Sanderson Sisters party Hocus Pocus themed recipes (really fun to go with the movie Hocus Pocus story!), or fall cooking project. We’ve included a fun vanishing rolls ghost story that we made up for a Halloween cooking project for children!

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How to Make Disappearing Hocus Pocus Crescent Rolls Recipe for Halloween

These Hocus Pocus buns with crescent rolls are a fun Halloween recipe or fall kids activities! This is such an easy recipes for kids that you should definitely add these to your Pillsbury halloween recipe list or fall desserts!

Hocus Pocus treats are such a simple recipe! Make a Hocus Pocus snack and then watch the Hocus Pocus movie or read the story!

‎How to Make Hocus Pocus Buns

Hocus Pocus Bun Ingredients:

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  • Crescent dough
  • Large marshmallows
  • Melted butter
  • White sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Halloween sprinkles (optional)

You can also make fun variations of the vanishing rolls recipe and Hocus Pocus ingredients, like using coloring sprinkles, icing them with cinnamon roll icing, adding chocolate to the crescent roll marshmallow inside, or even using pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon or pumpkin marshmallow crescent rolls.

Don’t miss the printable Hocus Pocus rolls recipe card below. KEEP SCROLLING for the full Hocus Pocus desserts recipe and ideas!

What Are Hocus Pocus Buns?

A Hocus Pocus buns recipe crescent rolls uses marshmallows, cinnamon and sugar, and crescent rolls to make a gooey cinnamon bun. They are also called magic Hocus Pocus rolls or vanishing Halloween buns because the marshmallow magically disappears inside the bun once the rolls are baked in the oven! (The marshmallow melts and is absorbed by the dough, which makes a hollow center inside the bun.)

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Bippity Boppity Boo! Vanishing Ghost Rolls for Halloween

If you’re making this recipe for Halloween, you can make it more fun when baking Hocus Pocus buns with kids by doing a little poem or telling them instructions.

The fun of this roll recipe is that you see the marshmallow going into the dough and then Bippity Boppity Boo! the marshmallow disappears when you go to eat the HocusPocus roll!

You can say a Hocus Pocus vanishing rolls story like:

  1. We’re going to make disappearing ghosts. (The marshmallow is the ghost.)
  2. Let’s put the magic disappearing dust on the ghosts (roll the marshmallow in butter and then cinnamon sugar).
  3. The ghost flies into the cave. (Place the marshmallows into the crescent roll dough sheets and fold the dough over.)
  4. Now we have to hide the ghost! (Place in oven.)
  5. When the vanishing rolls come out of the oven, have the kids say a fun magic word over the buns (like Bippity Boppity Boo! or Hocus Pocus!) and then cut open the buns to see that the ghost has magically disappeared! (The marshmallow melts down and there is no trace of it when you cut open the Hocus Pocus bun recipe. Just an empty “cave.”)

I guess it’s not a Halloween poem, but more of a disappearing bun story that I just made up, but you can also call it disappearing witches or even disappearing monster vanishing rolls (draw faces on the marshmallows like this before adding them to the dough for rolls)or whatever you want and come up with your own fun story!

(We’re definitely doing the monster face crescent rolls marshmallow next time!)

I’ll include this story with the Hocus Pocus buns ingredients printable below with the recipe for Hocus Pocus buns, so keep scrolling for the awesome marshmallow Hocus Pocus buns recipe!


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What do Hocus Pocus buns taste like?

These tasty Hocus Pocus buns taste like lighter cinnamon rolls! Since they are Hocus Pocus marshmallow buns, the inside is hollow and a little more gooey than cinnamon rolls, but the flavor is very much like cinnamon rolls without icing or cinnamon sticky buns.

(I mean, what could go wrong with yummy croissant marshmallow cinnamon sugar, right?)

If you’ve had monkey bread with marshmallows, it tastes a lot like that, too.

Some people call these Hocus Pocus bread, but they really are lighter and fluffier than breads or biscuits. It’s definitely a marshmallow puff pastry.

Can you make air fryer Hocus Pocus buns?

You can make Hocus Pocus buns in air fryer, but you’ll have to adjust the time based on your specific air fryer oven. Be sure to spray your air fryer basket or cooking sheet with non-stick spray so the buns don’t stick. Give the Hocus Pocus buns air fryer recipe a try, but keep a close eye on them! Air fried cinnamon marshmallow crescent rolls may take a lot less time and get brown on the outside before fulling melting the marshmallow inside.


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Can you make Hocus Pocus buns with chocolate?

You can make Hocus Pocus buns recipes with chocolate. Just sprinkle the dough with mini chocolate chips before adding the marshmallows. However, remember the whole fun of the vanishing buns is to have the main roll area empty when you cut into and the magic marshmallows have vanished. Anything that you add to middle of the Hocus Pocus rolls will fill up that area more and may not make it appear empty.

Can you make Hocus Pocus buns with biscuits?

A disappearing marshmallow buns recipe (Hocus Pocus rolls) is better made with crescent rolls than with biscuits. Biscuits are more dense than crescent dough and won’t puff up as much. I’d stick with crescent rolls marshmallows rolls.

How long do you bake Pillsbury crescent rolls?

If you’re just baking crescent rolls according to package directions, it will take around 9-12 minutes. If you’re using crescent rolls for a recipe for Hocus Pocus rolls you’ll bake them for 13-15 minutes.

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Let’s get to how to make the Hocus Pocus puffs!

How Do You Make Hocus Pocus Buns?

Hocus Pocus buns with crescent rolls are a fun Halloween kids activity or fall treat!

This is a Hocus Pocus with crescent rolls recipe.You can make Hocus Pocus buns from scratch, but honestly? These Hocus Pocus buns Pillsbury crescent rolls are so easy I’m not sure why you would want to!

(Plus, using pre-made dough cuts down on the time, which is good if you’re doing this as a preschooler cooking activity or working with a group of kids.)

RECIPE TIP: If you don’t like sweet things, leave off the step where you roll the out part of the Hocus Pocus ball in sugar and cinnamon. After the rolls bake, baste them lightly with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or even just dust with powdered sugar. The rolls will be just as good! Also, change marshmallow cinnamon crescent rolls up and make them with spice for pumpkin pies for fall marshmallow rolls!

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Hocus Pocus Crescent Rolls Recipe

I've included the disappearing rolls story within the directions (in italics). If you're making the rolls and don't want to do the vanishing buns story, just ignore the text in italics.

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Course: Desserts

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 175kcal

Author: LittleCooksReadingBooks.com


  • 1 package refrigerated crescent dough 8 count
  • 8-10 large marshmallows
  • ½ cup of butter melted
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • Halloween colored sprinkles green, orange, purple (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Grease a muffin tin pan and set aside.

  • Melt butter in a small bowl.

  • Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a separate small bowl.

  • Unroll the crescent dough and separate into the triangles (along the dough perforations).

  • Next, hold up a white marshmallow. Say: We’re going to make disappearing ghosts (the marshmallows represent the ghost).

  • Roll the marshmallow in butter and then in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.Say: Let’s put the magic disappearing dust on the ghosts!

  • Place the marshmallow onto a dough triangle near the larger end. Wrap each side of the dough up and over the marshmallow. Say: The ghost flies into the cave.

  • Roll the dough in your hands until all of the marshmallow is covered and sealed. (Make sure the marshmallow is completely covered and any creases are pinched together and smoothed over or the marshmallow will expand out and bubble over.)

  • Dip the rolled dough in butter and then dip in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and place in the greased muffin tin. Say: Now the ghost hides in the cave!

  • Repeat until all of the dough has been used.

  • Bake for 13-15 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and brush lightly with butter and sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles. (OPTIONAL)

  • Allow to cool. Then, say a magic word (Hocus Pocus or Bippity Boppity Boo) and announce: Now the ghost has disappeared! Cut open the rolls to see that the cave is empty and the ghost marshmallow is gone!

  • Eat and enjoy!


You can also use pumpkin pie spice and sugar if you want a fall flavor!

If you want to make it more fun for kids, use a baking pen like this to let kids draw faces on their marshmallow ghosts before using the in the vanishing rolls recipes and telling the disappearing rolls story.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g

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Looking for fun kids activities for preschoolers and toddlers or even fall ideas for elementary school and up? These go along nicely with Hocus Pocus food ideas or any Halloween kids activities blog ideas you have!

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