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Simple Homemade Crescent Rolls

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I love crescent rolls. My whole family loves crescent rolls. But you know what? We almost never buy them. Now we don’t have to. These simple homemade crescent rolls are easy enough to make any time you get a craving!

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This recipe is slightly adapted from the recipe I found over at food.com. I absolutely fell in love with these rolls. I love to make homemade bread, but I’d never tried to make Crescent Rolls. These rolls are light, buttery, flaky – everything you want in a crescent roll.


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My kids always get excited when I make homemade bread. In fact, whenever I make homemade bread, it’s usually gobbled up right away! There’s nothing better than a fresh yeast bread straight out of the oven. Add a little softened butter and you’re in heaven.

This recipe could be used for making other crescent roll treats, too!

Homemade Crescent Rolls

These rolls are light, buttery, flaky – everything you want in a crescent roll.

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  • 2 tbsp. dry active yeast or 2 packages
  • 3/4 cup water {100-110 degrees F}
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup shortening, cubed {room temp}
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed {room temp}
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and 1 tbsp of the sugar in the warm water. Let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. {I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer with the dough hook.}
  2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining sugar, salt and 4 cups flour. Using the paddle attachment, once yeast is foamy, stir in beaten eggs followed by shortening and butter. Next, add flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, using the dough hook. Be careful not to add too much flour. Use as little as possible – you may not need to add all the flour.
  3. Note: I ended up using a little more than 4 cups of flour until I had a nice soft dough. You don’t want the dough to be sticky, but the dough should feel light and airy – not heavy. If it feels heavy, there’s too much flour in there.
  4. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead a few times, incorporating more flour into the dough as needed.
  5. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top of the dough. Let rise in a warm place (85 degrees F) until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours. My house is cold in the winter, so I like to turn on the oven for just a couple of minutes. Then I turn off the oven, place my covered bowl in there and leave the oven light on. It’ll be warm enough for the dough to rise.
  6. Note: At this point if you want to use the dough for something other than crescents, such as other recipes using Pillsbury crescent dough, you can shape it as desired. Also, this recipe makes 32 crescent rolls – the same as two cans of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. If you are using this dough in another recipe just proceed as directed.
  7. To form crescents: When done rising, divide in half, rolling each half into a 12-inch circle 1/4 inch thick. Spread with the soft butter and cut each circle into 16 wedges. Roll up each wedge beginning at the largest end and place, point side down, on a greased baking sheet. Curve to form crescents. Cover and let rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until rich golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with butter.



3088 cal


129 g


406 g


66 g
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  1. I love finding new recipes to replace store-bought products. Homemade is always better (made with love=) and normally less expensive. Thanks for sharing! I'll probably be looking up this recipe again when we make one of our favorite dishes (taco pie) that calls for crescent rolls.
  2. Your Crescent Rolls look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

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