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Flaky homemade crescent rolls are soft and tender. They are perfect for Sunday dinner or a holiday gathering!

It might be a good idea to double the recipe because they will not last long! For more flaky fabulousness try Yeast Dinner Rolls or Homemade Dinner Rolls.

Crescent rolls piled in a wooden bowl.

Why We Love Homemade!

They may look similar to croissants, but these crescent rolls are closer to a traditional roll.

Here’s why we love them:

  • Pair perfectly with meals. From a Sunday Ham or a bowl of soup, these are the ideal sides to any meal (especially great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, + Easter).
  • Freezable. Freeze the dough or the baked roll and double the recipe so you always have some on hand.  
  • Easy to make. The instructions are easy to follow and result in a flavorful and soft texture.
  • A hit for all. Everyone loves homemade rolls, so this is sure to be a great side for your guests at any meal.
Dough shaped and rising in a metal bowl.

Ingredients

  • active dry yeast 
  • sugar
  • warm water The water needs to be between 100°F and 110°F. 
  • butter
  • warm milk Use 2% or whole milk for best results.
  • egg
  • salt
  • all-purpose flour or bread flour.

How to Roll Crescent Rolls

  1. WET INGREDIENTS. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in the warm water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until bubbly and foamy.
  2. Add the butter, warm milk, egg, remaining ⅓ cup sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture.
  3. DRY INGREDIENTS. Add 2 cups of flour, and mix until combined. Mix in additional flour, ¼ cup at a time, to form a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. KNEAD & SHAPE. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Shape the crescent dough into a ball, place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for about one hour, until doubled.
  5. ROLL & CUT. After the dough has risen, gently punch it down and divide it into two balls. Roll each ball out into a circle that is about 12 inches wide, then cut each circle into twelve wedges using a pizza cutter.
  6. RISE. Roll each wedge of dough up, starting at the wide end, to form a crescent shape. Place on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise until doubled (about 30-60 minutes).
  7. BAKE. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with the melted butter. Serve warm.
Homemade crescent rolls baked and lined up on a baking sheet.

Variations

  • Egg wash. Whisk an egg and 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl. After the rolls have risen, use a pastry brush to gently apply a layer of egg wash to the top of each roll. Bake.
  • Cinnamon sugar rolls. Roll the dough into a circle, and top it with butter. In a separate bowl, mix togeth cinnamon and (white or brown) sugar. Spread the sugar mixture evenly over the dough. Cut into triangles, roll, and bake.
  • Pizza crescent rolls. Roll the crescent roll dough into a circle, top it with butter, and cut it into triangles. Add mozzarella cheese and pepperoni, roll the triangles up, and bake.
  • Pigs in a blanket. Roll the dough into a circle and cut it into triangles. Roll each triangle around a hot dog. Bake (See our Pigs in a Blanket recipe for more info).
Two homemade crescent rolls served on a white plate.

Make it Ahead

Mix up the dough and either refrigerate or freeze to make ahead and bake later.

  • Refrigerate the dough: Once the dough is kneaded, place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to bake: roll, form, rise, and bake.
  • Freeze the dough: Form rolls into a crescent shape, line them up on a baking sheet, and freeze. Once solid, transfer the individual rolls into a freezer-safe container. They are best when used by 3 months, but can last for up to 6 months.
  • To bake: Place crescent rolls on a baking pan. Cover the pan with a greased piece of plastic wrap (the cooking spray helps keep the plastic from sticking to the dough). Allow to rise for about 4 hours before baking.
Two homemade crescent rolls served on a white plate.

storing Info

  • STORE. Keep any leftover crescent rolls in Ziploc bags on the counter at room temperature for 2-3 days.
  • FREEZE. Wrap the leftovers in plastic wrap, then again with foil, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Two homemade crescent rolls served on a white plate.

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Crescent Rolls

By: Lil’ Luna
Flaky homemade crescent rolls are soft and tender. They are perfect for Sunday dinner or a holiday gathering!
Servings: 24
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 32 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
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Instructions 

  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in the warm water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until bubbly and foamy. Add the butter, warm milk, egg, remaining 1/3 cup sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture.
  • Add 2 cups of flour, and mix until combined. Mix in additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, to form a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball, place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for about one hour, until doubled.
  • After the dough has risen, gently punch it down and divide them into two balls. Roll each ball out into a circle that is about 12 inches wide, then cut each circle into twelve wedges using a pizza cutter.
  • Roll each wedge of dough up, starting at the wide end, to form a crescent shape. Place on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise until doubled, 30-60 minutes.
  • While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with the melted butter. Serve warm.

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Notes

  • Make it ahead of time. Mix up the dough and either refrigerate or freeze to make ahead and bake later.
    • Refrigerate the dough: Once the dough is kneaded, place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to bake: roll, form, rise, and bake.
    • Freeze the dough: Form rolls into a crescent shape, line them up on a baking sheet, and freeze. Once solid, transfer the individual rolls into a freezer-safe container. They are best when used by 3 months, but can last for up to 6 months.
    • To bake: Place crescent rolls on a baking pan. Cover the pan with a greased piece of plastic wrap (the cooking spray helps keep the plastic from sticking to the dough). Allow to rise for about 4 hours before baking.  
  • STORE. Keep any leftover crescent rolls in Ziploc bags on the counter at room temperature for 2-3 days.
  • FREEZE. Wrap the leftovers in plastic wrap, then again with foil, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 24g, Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 116mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 165IU, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
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91 Comments

  1. Deborah says:

    5 stars
    Hi. I love your recipe, and I have made it multiple times. I always have a problem when it comes. Time to roll out the dough. The dough shrinks back and I have to re-roll it out and stretch the triangles. I need it for less time the last time I made it. I use an electric stand mixer. I’ll let it rise until it was overflowing in the bowl. Do you have any suggestions? I will continue to make this recipe because I know the problem is with my technique not with the dough. Thank you.

    1. Kathryn says:

      The more you handle dough after the first rise, the more gluten develops which makes dough spring back when you try to roll it out. Just cover dough and let it rest about 10 minutes, and the glutens will relax and you can roll it out and shape it more easily. Just remember, if you pull at it, or knead it at all after the first rise, it will become tight again, and must rest before it can be easily shaped.

  2. Erin Novak says:

    5 stars
    This is by far my new favorite roll recipe I have ever tried. It is SO good. I am ditching my last go-to roll recipe for this. It is easy to make, full of great buttery flavor, and is the perfect compliment to any meal. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome!! Oh I’m so glad you love the rolls!

  3. Tiffany says:

    5 stars
    These were so simple to make, but so delicious. The dough was a dream to work with, and my family was delighted with the outcome. 10/10 will make again!

  4. Samantha Gatlin-Templeton says:

    5 stars
    Can you freeze this dough for later?

  5. Susie says:

    5 stars
    This is a very easy and delicious recipe. We had them Christmas Eve and the entire batch had
    disappeared only mid-way thru the meal. Everyone loved them! I should have doubled the recipe!

  6. Amber says:

    5 stars
    Made for the first time on Christmas Eve and they were so delicious!

  7. Carissa Poyfair says:

    5 stars
    We made these for Thanksgiving dinner and they were so easy to make! My 13 year old and I had so much fun making them together and will use this recipe from now on for sure!

  8. Micah says:

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it was great! To start the day before and refrigerate over night, do you recommend rolling and forming the rolls right after they’ve been removed from the fridge? And then to still use 30-60 minutes as the second rising time?

  9. Debbie Tripp says:

    5 stars
    I haven’t made any of these yet. But I like the way you have the information at the end about the calories and such. Nice touch.

  10. Harriet says:

    5 stars
    This is my Go-to crescent roll recipe! I love to add fillings to mine like pimento cheese. They’re so yummy, moist, and fluffy and turn out perfect every time