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Buttery Crescent Rolls From Scratch

4.87 from 43 votes
My Buttery Crescent Rolls From Scratch recipe will take you right back to eating Pillsbury crescent rolls during family gatherings — just without the "pop!" from the can!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Crescent rolls are a must on a lot of tables over the holidays, but did you know homemade crescent rolls are super easy to make? Of course, it is convenient to pop open a tube of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, but you’d be shocked at how much of a difference homemade makes. 

My Buttery Crescent Rolls From Scratch are so fresh and buttery, flakey, and chewy. I also bet that you already have all of the (just 6) ingredients you need to make them in your kitchen!

For some reason, having a homemade roll to share with family and friends over dinner just means more. Also, am I the only one who jumps every time someone POPS open those prepackaged baked goods?! This honestly takes the stress out of the holidays for me! 

A basket of homemade crescent rolls.

What Are Crescent Rolls? Crescent Rolls VS Croissants

In French, Croissant actually translates to crescent — and both of these baked goods are in the shape of the crescent moon! So what’s the difference? 

Unlike my croissant recipe, I don’t use yeast in my crescent rolls. There’s still a flaky, buttery texture, but it isn’t quite the same fluffiness as a croissant. Personally, I think a crescent roll is more of a bread, and a croissant is a pastry. I wouldn’t bat an eye at using a crescent roll to sop up some gravy. I’m not sure if I feel the same way about a croissant! 

What You Need To Make Homemade Crescent Rolls

How To Make Homemade Crescent Rolls

Nothing against the Pillsbury Doughboy, but… here is how you make the perfect crescent rolls at home (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the yogurt and then knead for about a minute until a smooth dough forms. 
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into an 8×12-inch (20×30 cm) rectangle.
  4. Spread 1/3 of the butter over the dough, then fold it into thirds, like a letter, so the dough is in three layers. (See video for the technique!) Cover the dough and place it in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Repeat the rolling, buttering, and folding 2 more times, chilling for 30 minutes in between. After, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. 
  6. As the dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Once the dough is thoroughly chilled, roll it on a floured surface into a large, thin rectangle. You want it to be about 10×18 inches (25x45cm). Cut it in half, lengthwise, and then cut each half into 4 squares.
  8. Cut the squares of dough in half diagonally. 
  9. To make the crescent rolls, gently stretch and roll a triangle of dough from the wide end to the tip. Place it on the prepared baking sheet with the tip facing down.
  10. Once they are all rolled, brush the crescent rolls with egg wash and bake on the oven’s middle racks for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.

The interior of one of my crescent rolls.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Homemade Crescent Rolls

  • This dough can seem difficult to roll out. If it springs back a bit as you roll it, just let it rest for a few minutes to let the gluten relax, and then try to roll again.
  • You can make and shape the dough ahead of time. Store the unbaked rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Add some flavor! Before you roll the dough into the crescent shape, add some grated parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, crushed garlic and olive oil, pizza sauce, and shredded mozzarella. If you want a sweet treat, try some cinnamon sugar! 

How Do I Store Homemade Crescent Rolls?

These rolls are best the day you make them, but you can store any leftover crescent rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days! 

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

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Buttery Crescent Rolls From Scratch Recipe

4.87 from 43 votes
My Buttery Crescent Rolls From Scratch recipe will take you right back to eating Pillsbury crescent rolls during family gatherings — just without the "pop!" from the can!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 16 rolls
My Buttery Crescent Rolls From Scratch recipe will take you right back to eating Pillsbury crescent rolls during family gatherings — just without the "pop!" from the can!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 16 rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (10oz/284g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (16oz/450g) whole milk yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons (3oz/85g) butter softened
  • Egg wash to glaze

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  • Stir in yogurt and knead for about a minute, until a smooth dough is formed.
  • On a floured surface, roll dough into an 8 x 12 inch (20 x 30 cm) rectangle.
  • Spread ⅓ of the butter over the dough. Fold the dough in thirds, like a letter, so that the dough is in 3 layers (see video above.). Cover and place in the fridge to chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Repeat this rolling, buttering, and folding 2 more times chilling for 30 minutes in between. Then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment.
  • On a floured surface, roll the chilled dough into a large, thin rectangle, about 10x18 inches (25x45cm), cut in half lengthwise, and then cut each half into 4 squares.
  • Cut all 8 squares of dough in half diagonally.
  • For each crescent roll, gently stretch and roll a triangle of dough from the wide end to the tip and place on the prepared baking sheet with the tip under the roll.
  • When all the dough is rolled, brush with the egg wash and bake on middle racks in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
  • These rolls are best the day they are made but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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2 months ago

Excellent recipe! These crescent rolls were very fun and easy to make. I watched Gemma’s video several times before attempting these and they turned out perfectly! Better yet, my family and I LOVED them. Delicious!
Thank you Gemma! 🙂

Daniela DI NARDO
Daniela DI NARDO
2 months ago

For whole milk yogurt, how much fat % should you use? Can you use greek yogurt? Can’t wait to try these!!!

Winnie Kaur
Winnie Kaur
29 days ago

i made it with skim yoghurt, it came out with a sticky dough and it was so hard to work it, the rolls were dense. Should i have used whole fat yoghurt?

Jade
Jade
1 month ago

Dear Gemma, I have tried many of your recipes and they turned out great the first time, except this one. The first time I tried it, the dough was too wet. So for the second time, I used 50-50 Greek yogurt and plain yogurt. It was still to wet (despite using only 3/4 of the amount). I told myself, one more try and I’ll admit defeat if it doesn’t turn out well. This time I used 300g of Greek yogurt and they rolls turned out perfect! Another recipe favourite now! Thank you xxx

1 month ago

Hey Gemma
Was wondering if we could use Greek yogurt for the recipe ? Or any other lactose free alternative to the milk yoghurt?

Hoa Chiang
Hoa Chiang
1 month ago

Gemma, what does it mean when my rolls bleed a lot of butter when baking? I thought it was proofed long enough. Does it mean that the butter was uneven when I spread it between the layers? Still tasted great but hoping I can fix this issue next time around. I froze half of the batch so I could enjoy them later. Thank you!!

Michael
Michael
1 month ago

Hi Gemma, why is yogurt used in your recipe?

Lynda153
1 month ago

Hi Gemma, I will definitely try these. I ask you this a lot. Once rolled and shaped can these be frozen raw to bake fresh anytime? I do this with your scones recipe and people visiting my house love that I have fresh scones ready to bake any day of the week so if I think this would be useful with other recipes.

ShamimaS
1 month ago

Hi Gemma!

This recipe is so very good dear.I have put some choco chips in some of the crescent rolls.So it became 2 in 1😃.Have shared one pic also.

Shamima

Nessy James
1 month ago

Made with kefir and they turned out great!

Cooked my first thanksgiving meal for my husband and little girl as we celebrated by ourselves in true 2020 fashion at home and with many video calls. Thanks Gemma for developing such delicious recipes!

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