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Soft, slightly sweet crescent rolls are easy to make from scratch. They are perfect for the holidays or just because. Make a batch and fall in love!

bread basket filled with freshly baked golden homemade crescent rolls

     These crescent rolls are delicious, easy and the recipe makes a ton!  They are just a little bit sweet and very soft and light.  You are going to love their buttery flavor and the fact that you know everything that went into them.  Added bonus: no jumping when the tube pops!

     MiMi got this recipe from a family friend, Sarah.  She said it is her grandma’s recipe and it is a holiday meal staple.  I can see why!

   The dough was really easy to make.  After the first rise, you divide the dough into fourths and each of those get rolled into a circle and cut into 12 triangles.

Each triangle is brushed with butter and rolled into the classic crescent shape. Let them rise and bake them to golden perfection.

Can I freeze the dough for later?

     YES! You do not have to make all 48 rolls at once. Make 12 now and freeze the rest of the dough for another day.

There are a couple of options for freezing the remaining dough. My preferred method is to wrap the other balls of dough in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer.

bowl of crescent roll dough with finger indent.

Then when you want fresh crescents, just thawed a ball of dough and proceed from there.  Once the dough is defrosted you can roll and shape the rolls and follow the remaining instructions like normal.

Freezing them as balls of dough like that means you aren’t committed to baking them as crescent rolls later. You can use the dough in any way you would normally use a can of refrigerated crescent dough from the store.

homemade crescent roll dough rolled into circle and cut into wedges.

So you can roll it into a rectangle for a flatbread crust. You could also stuff them with a variety of fillings or whatever your heart desires.

The balls of dough will be good for several months in the freezer. Though I am not sure you’ll be able to wait that long.

crescent roll dough rolled into horns and ready to proof.

Can I freeze formed crescent rolls?

     It is also possible to form the crescents and freeze them on a sheet pan. Then move them to a zippered bag and store in the freezer.  The night before you’d like to use them place them on a baking sheet and cover with greased plastic wrap.

    Place in refrigerator to defrost. About a half hour to an hour before you’d like to use them, move them to the counter to finish rising and then bake off.

This is a great way to reduce your prep work for a big meal or holiday. You can still have fresh rolls on the table without a flurry of flour and effort on the big day.

golden brown crescent rolls on baking sheet fresh from the oven

How do you know when the dough is proofed?

Stick a finger in the dough. If the indent bounces back quickly, it needs more time. If it comes back slowly or not at all, it is ready to be punched down and divided into fourths for shaping.

Are crescent rolls and croissants the same thing?

No. Crescent rolls are an enriched yeast dough. They are a lightly sweet and buttery bread dough shaped into the traditional horn shape.
Crescents are soft and pillowy. Croissants are a flakier roll baked in a similar shape to crescent rolls
Croissants get their trademark flake from a process called lamination. Layers of dough and butter are folded over on themselves to create that flaky texture when they bake.

More great bread recipes:

  • Celtic Knot Rolls are a bit like garlic bread but twisted up into knots. They would be yummy with soups or stews or a fun addition to your St. Patrick’s day menu.
  • If you have a sourdough starter, you may want to give Sourdough Crescent Rolls a try.  It is another easy recipe with great flavor and a wonderful way to give that starter a workout! 
  • Dori’s Beer Bread is a fabulous quick bread. There is no yeast to rise and you can alter the flavor by using different kinds of beer. It is great with lagers, would be wonderful with an IPA or use hard cider like Dori for another fabulous flavor. 
Yield: 48 Servings

Homemade Crescent Rolls

basket of golden buttery crescent rolls

Soft, slightly sweet crescent rolls are easy to make from scratch. They are perfect for the holidays or just because. Make a batch and fall in love!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted + more for brushing
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 cups flour (plus additional for rolling)

Instructions

  1. Dissolve yeast in the water, set aside.
  2. In your stand mixer, combine the melted butter, sugar and salt.
  3. Lightly beat 2 eggs and add to butter mixture.
  4. Stir in milk and yeast mixture.
  5. Add 4 cups flour. Mix and make into a ball. (I let my dough hook work mine for 5 minutes)
  6. Place in a warm buttered bowl and let rise until doubled.
  7. Punch down and work into a ball. Cut into quarters.
  8. Roll each quarter into a 14" circle. Cut each circle into 12 pieces (cut it like you would cut a pizza into slices.)
  9. Brush each "slice" with melted butter, then roll starting from the wide side toward the point. Place on a baking sheet. Cover with a slightly damp towel and let rise until almost doubled.
  10. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  11. Gently brush tops of rolls with melted butter, then bake for about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Best when served warm.

Notes

You can freeze additional balls of dough until you are ready to use them. Just allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, roll, cut and rise like normal.

It is also possible to form the crescents and freeze them on a sheet pan. Then move them to a zippered bag and store in the freezer. The night before you'd like to use them place them on a baking sheet and cover with greased plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator to defrost. About a half hour before you'd like to use them, move them to the counter to finish rising and then bake off.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Soft, slightly sweet crescent rolls are easy to make from scratch. They are perfect for the holidays or just because. Make a batch and fall in love!

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Tuesday 7th of April 2020

What's an estimate of how long the dough takes to proof?

Carlee

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

It depends on the temperature of your kitchen, but around an hour.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,461! Miz Helen

Tracey Bayer

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

About how long do these take to rise?

Carlee

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

It will depend on the temperature of your house, but about an hour.

Paul

Friday 17th of November 2017

Totally delish!

Carlee

Saturday 18th of November 2017

They really are, thank you!

Phoebe @ GettingFreedom

Friday 17th of November 2017

I used to make homemade cresents all of the time, but had forgotten about them! These are totally going on my Thanksgiving table!

Carlee

Saturday 18th of November 2017

Hooray! I am glad I could help rekindle an old love! ;-)