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Best Ever Crescent Rolls

My daughter and I have cranked out dozens of homemade crescent rolls. It’s a real team effort. I cut the dough into pie-shaped wedges; she rolls. —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    32 rolls

Ingredients

  • 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 large egg yolks. room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk, cubed butter and honey to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Add egg yolks; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Punch down dough. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • To bake, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 14-in. circle; cut each circle into 16 wedges. Lightly brush wedges with melted butter. Roll up from wide ends, pinching pointed ends to seal. Place 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, point side down. Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Bake until golden brown, 9-11 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; serve warm.
    Freeze option: Immediately after shaping, freeze rolls on parchment-lined baking sheets until firm. Transfer to a freezer container; return to freezer. Freeze up to 4 weeks. To use, let rise and bake as directed, increasing rise time to 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
Editor's Note: To make filled crescent rolls, sprinkle dough with filling of choice immediately after brushing with butter; shape and bake as directed.
Chive Crescents: Divide 2/3 cup minced fresh chives between two circles of dough.
Orange-Pecan Crescents: Toss 1 cup finely chopped pecans with 1/3 cup sugar and 4 teaspoons grated orange zest; divide mixture between two circles.
Cranberry-Thyme Crescents: Toss 1 cup finely chopped dried cranberries with 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts and 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves; divide mixture between two circles.
Nutrition Facts
1 unfilled roll: 104 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • shawnba
    May 2, 2020

    These are really nice crescent rolls. Much easier to make some recipes for crescent rolls I have tried. I would love these filled with brown sugar and five spice powder, or chocolate and cinnamon. The possibilities are endless! VFE

  • ebramkamp
    Mar 30, 2020

    I have made yeast rolls and breads before but this was my first time making this type of roll. I found this recipe to be quite easy to follow and the rolls are wonderful. I made half the dough into rolls the first day and refrigerated the second half of the dough for the next day. On the second day I sprinkled the rolls with a cinnamon/sugar mixture after i spread with melted butter. I then wrapped each roll around a frozen peach slice and baked as per the instructions. they disappeared rapidly. This is a great go to recipe.

  • rena 55
    Mar 18, 2020

    Easy and so delicious! I always hesitate to work with yeast dough, but this turned out so soft and tasty. Can't wait to make again!

  • amsm
    Mar 15, 2020

    Easy to make and delicious to eat! I did cut my recipe in half since my family is small and I served them with a cinnamon honey butter and a garlic butter. Also, I did not refrigerate the dough overnight.

  • Jellybug
    Feb 14, 2019

    They were delicious and not too complicated to make. I wished they would have been more buttery, but nevertheless, they were pretty good and the hubby loved them...

  • s_pants
    Dec 9, 2016

    These were good, but I have made better, more melt-in-your-mouth crescent rolls. I like the idea of refrigerating the dough the night before.