Best Crescent Roll Recipe

Here is the best crescent rolls recipe that's one of our most popular. Crescent Rolls are delicious, flaky and taste best fresh from the oven. But have you ever made crescent rolls or crescent roll dough from scratch?

Making homemade crescent rolls is easy, and when you learn how to make these from scratch, you will never buy crescent roll dough again.


best crescent roll recipe


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup room temperature milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

best crescent roll recipe


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in warm water. Wait a few minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F while you wait.
  2. Add the butter, milk, egg, and salt, the rest of your sugar and 2 cups of flour to your homemade crescent roll dough. Beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in enough of your remaining flour to form a soft crescent roll dough.
  4. Turn homemade crescent roll dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (Fold crescent roll dough in half, then push down. Repeat to knead it.) Place in a lightly greased bowl. With a greasy hand, pat the top of the dough to grease it slightly as well.
  5. Cover and let crescent roll dough rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Make sure there is no draft or it will not rise properly.
  6. AFTER 1 HOUR: Punch dough down. Turn it onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. Roll crescent roll dough out into a circular shape.
  8. Using a pizza dough cutter or sharp knife, cut it like you would cut a round pizza: first into 4 sections, then again making 8 even triangles
  9. Roll each triangle from the bigger end to the point, creating your homemade crescent rolls.
    best crescent roll recipe
  10. Place crescent rolls on a greased cookie sheet, sprinkle them with a very light dusting of flour from your hands, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until fluffy in a warm place (about 30 - 45 minutes). 
  11. Place in oven and bake crescent rolls for 10 minutes until golden.

Tips For Making Homemade Crescent Rolls

1. Use High-Quality Ingredients: Start with fresh, high-quality flour, yeast, butter, and milk. These ingredients are essential for the best flavor and texture.

2. Accurate Measurement: Invest in a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients accurately. Precise measurements ensure consistent results.

3. Proper Kneading: Knead the dough thoroughly until it becomes smooth and elastic. This develops gluten, resulting in light and fluffy crescent rolls.

best crescent roll recipe

4. Temperature Control: Pay attention to the temperature of your ingredients. Use lukewarm milk and make sure the butter is softened but not melted.

5. Give It Time: Allow the dough to rise for the recommended amount of time. This step is essential for flavor development and a tender texture.

6. Don't Overwork: Just like our homemade banana bread recipe, avoid over-kneading or over-rolling the dough, as it can make the rolls tough. Handle it gently to maintain flakiness.

7. Roll Evenly: When shaping the crescent rolls, aim for uniform thickness to ensure they bake evenly. A rolling pin or dough cutter can help.

best crescent roll recipe

8. Butter Brushing: Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter before baking. This adds a delicious flavor and helps achieve a golden, glossy crust.

9. Oven Temperature: Preheat your oven properly and use an oven thermometer to ensure it's at the right temperature. Consistent heat is key for even baking.

10. Timing Matters: Keep a close eye on the rolls as they bake. They can go from perfectly golden to overdone quickly, so follow the recommended baking time closely.

By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to making delicious, homemade crescent rolls that are sure to impress your family and guests.


Recipe Gifts


Browse all personalized, handmade items you can find on Etsy HERE

We hope you love this homemade crescent roll recipe as much as we do :)

Please save a Pin below so you can easily find this recipe again. We would appreciate that!

best crescent roll recipe

More Easy Recipes

How to make granola from scratch

How to make mint powder


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Food Craft

Shortbread Cookie Recipe For Embossed Rolling Pin
Shortbread Cookie Recipe For Embossed Rolling Pins


These tips will make sure those gorgeous embossed rolling pin patterns pop on your shortbread cookies.

Continue Reading

Best Homemade Hamburgers
BEST Homemade Hamburgers | SECRET Restaurant Hamburger Recipe


The best homemade hamberger recipe.

Continue Reading

best pumpkin recipes
51 Best Pumpkin Recipes & Ideas Round Up

Best pumpkin recipes for this year.

Continue Reading