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Sourdough Crescent Rolls

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Sourdough crescent rolls are soft, ever so slightly sweet with a nicely rounded sourdough flavor.  They are the perfect accompaniment to your next dinner!

pile of sourdough crescents ready to eat

       For those of you who have not met Bertha yet, she is my sourdough starter.  I got her going after seeing something on T.V. that had me excited about all things culinary.  I immediately got her going and five days later she was perking away.

       We have made lots of muffins together.  If you have not tried any of the sourdough muffins yet, they are amazing.  I like to mix in oatmeal and not too much sugar for a grab and go breakfast that you can feel pretty good about eating.

      The chocolate chip sourdough muffins were an early favorite but the caramel apple sourdough muffins are a recent winner.  I have posted quite a few flavor variations if you have a starter, I hope you’ll find one you love!

sourdough crescent dough rolled out and cut into wedges

     Lately Bertha and I have been on a pizza kick.  It turns out my family has a pretty serious thing for homemade pizza.  A lot of the times it is something like you might imagine, Canadian bacon with mushrooms, peppers, red sauce and cheese.

    Sometimes it is something more fun like BBQ, apple bacon pizza, Italian beef style pizza or even croque madame pizza.  We love trying them all and a good sourdough pizza crust is a nice base for any number of toppings.

sourdough crescent rolls formed and ready to bake

      But it had been a while since Bertha and I had waded into new territory.  I still love the idea of sourdough in all sorts of things, so it was time to do something other than pizza and muffins.

    So I went to my favorite sourdough guru for answers.  The Old Fat Guy is where I got the instructions for making sourdough and he posts great recipes using his sourdough, Sam. So I know he’d have some good stuff.

tray of sourdough crescent rolls fresh from the oven

     These sourdough roll-ups immediately caught my eye and I knew I had to make some.  I am sure glad I did!  They were easy to make and delicious.  They had just enough butter and sugar to make them light, fluffy and mildly sweet but not as much as our other favorite homemade crescent rolls.

     I ended up needing slightly less flour than him and modified the instructions for cutting the rolls to mimic the method I know and love already.  Other than that, I didn’t make too many changes.

    Instead of 12 large rolls, I made 16 and they were still giant! You could easily form three ball and make 24 rolls if you’d like, just watch the cooking time so that you don’t overdo them.

Golden sourdough crescent roll split in half with soft center showing.

     If you want soft, flavorful rolls that have a well rounded flavor these are for you! Bertha and I were quite pleased with the results and so was everyone we shared with.

    They were the perfect way to sop up some of the sauce for the Italian dinner we were having, but we also enjoyed them warm with a bit of butter.

    What are your favorite ways to use sourdough?

Yield: 16 Servings

Sourdough Crescent Rolls

serving dish filled with golden brown sourdough crescent rolls ready to eat.

Sourdough crescent rolls are soft, ever so slightly sweet with a nicely rounded sourdough flavor.  They are the perfect accompaniment to your next dinner!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry active yeast (or 1 package)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 1/2 cups flour (plus some additional)
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of butter for brushing


  1. Put warm water and yeast in your mixer bowl and let sit for about 10 minutes to activate.
  2. Add 3 cups of flour, sourdough starter, melted butter, salt, sugar and baking soda to the yeast mixture and mix until combined.
  3. Work in the remaining flour a little bit at a time until you have a nice dough consistency. It should be ever so slightly tacky, not too wet and not too dry. The exact amount of flour will depend on the consistency of your sourdough starter and the humidity.
  4. Knead by hand or using the dough hook in your mixer for about 7 minutes.
  5. Put the 2 teaspoons of oil in the bottom of a large bowl. Put the dough in the bowl and roll it around to coat it in the oil. Cover and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
  6. Grease two large baking sheets and set aside. Divide the dough into 2 pieces (3 for smaller rolls) and form each part into a ball. Let rest for about 10 minutes.
  7. Place a ball of dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out in a circle shape, about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges and brush with melted butter.
  8. Roll each wedge from the fat edge to the point to create the crescent shape and place on a greased baking sheet with plenty of room to grow as they rise.
  9. Once all of the crescents are formed, cover loosely with towels or plastic wrap and allow to rise until about doubled in size, about an hour.
  10. Gently brush the rolls with melted butter and bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes, rotating the trays top to bottom and front to back about half way through.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

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

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Sourdough crescent rolls are soft, ever so slightly sweet with a nicely rounded sourdough flavor.  They are the perfect accompaniment to your next dinner!

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Friday 14th of May 2021

Nice recipe, but I just really need to say that your son is very skillfull and did great job, that he was able to do all without any help. Great πŸ˜€


Friday 14th of May 2021

Thank you, he is becoming quite the pro in the kitchen!


Sunday 7th of June 2020

I found this recipe from a page with discard recipes. Can you actually use discard, or do you have to use regular starter?


Sunday 7th of June 2020

Yes, you can use discard or sourdough straight from the fridge. There is no need to use fed and active starter.

Mandy Rivers

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

These look absolutely amazing!!


Thursday 14th of March 2019

Thank you so much!

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Monday 19th of March 2018

I just started making my own sourdough bread,I guess I will have to name my starter too😊 I made a pizza crust last night with it, and am going to try your pizza crust recipe the next time!


Thursday 14th of March 2019

Name it and feed it like a pet ;-)


Monday 19th of March 2018

I have never made homemade crescent rolls and that needs to change now! Thanks for a great recipe!


Thursday 14th of March 2019

It definitely needs to change. They are fun and easy to make!

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