Welcome to our detailed guide on all things crescent rolls. Find out what crescent roll dough is, how to make a homemade version, how to shape them and more! Plus we have 105 crescent roll recipes, all broken down into easy-to-follow categories: Crescent Roll Appetizers, Dinners, Desserts, Breakfast and Rings. These are the best crescent roll hacks to an easy meal!
Crescent dough is made very similarly to how you’d make regular bread dough. The difference comes in when you spread softened butter over rolled-out dough, fold it several times, roll it again, fold it, and so forth.
This results in buttery, flaky layers that melt in your mouth. Warm, fresh-from-the-oven crescent rolls are unbeatable when it comes to pretty much anything.
Is crescent dough the same as puff pastry?
I’ve gotten this question a lot so I thought I’d answer it for you here. Yes, it’s similar in ingredients but very different in labor intensity. Both use the “laminated dough” process, which is essentially the layering of butter and dough, then rolled out, as described above.
To achieve puff pastry, you’ll need to create over seven hundred layers of butter and dough. Crescent rolls have just a few layers, making the final product very different. Although you can certainly use them interchangeably in crescent roll recipes, some will work better than others, as puff pastry won’t have the same soft texture after baking as the crescent dough.
Can I make my own crescent rolls?
If the above descriptions have you wanting to run out and buy the ingredients to make homemade crescent rolls, by all means, do it! Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can still purchase refrigerated dough for everyday meals and save the labor for special occasions.
These are the most common shapes used for crescent dough:
THE CRESCENT: The most common way to shape crescent rolls is, well, into the crescent shape. This is the shape you’d use when just baking the dough into rolls or making stuffed crescent rolls. This tutorial can be used whether you’re using store-bought dough or making your own.
THE BRAID: This is another common shape used with crescent dough and it looks quite impressive after baking. It’s easier than it sounds and can be mastered pretty quickly. Although the video uses refrigerated pie crust, the method for forming the braid is the same, plus you get a bonus recipe!
THE RING: This might be our personal favorite. With crescent roll rings, you can fill the center with more ingredients or a bowl of dipping sauce. For example, a taco ring might be filled with guacamole or lettuce, tomatoes, and chopped onions. A pizza ring might have a small dish of marinara sauce in the center. The possibilities with this shape are only limited to your imagination. And…bonus!! The video we linked to has a bonus recipe for the “Ring of Fire”, which would make a great addition to a Super Bowl party!
More ways to shape crescent dough:
Pillsbury has a great article that will show you how to shape five less common shapes. The best part is that they’re all simple but look impressive!
Swirled Crescent Bun
Slice Crescent Triangle
Roll Up Crescent
Twist into a Bun
Easy Crescent Stars
All the Crescent Roll Recipes You’ll Ever Need
Now that you’ve got the basics of crescent rolls down, it’s time get baking! Below you’ll find crescent roll recipes for appetizers, dinner, and dessert, plus separate sections for breakfast & brunch and crescent roll rings. Using crescent roll hacks for a simple appetizer, dinner, or dessert is so easy!
Crescent dough is the perfect vehicle for making an array of delicious appetizers for any occasion! Whether it's the holiday season, an upscale dinner party or you're heading out to tailgate, these crescent roll appetizers are just what you'll need.
Starting things off with a classic! This easy appetizer is always a hit with young and old alike. We like to serve ours with yellow mustard, but ketchup, honey-mustard or even a cheese dip are all solid choices.
When you're not in the mood to cook, don't have much time or simply want an easy but tasty meal to be on your dinner table fast, turn to ready-made crescent rolls!
This section starts with crescent roll recipes using chicken or ground beef, then ends with an assortment of deliciously different ideas, such as a Wellington, a waffle sandwich an even one to use up that leftover ham.
CRESCENT ROLL RECIPES WITH CHICKEN or TURKEY
Pick up a rotisserie chicken or use up some leftovers to make these recipes even easier and faster!
We're always looking for different and creative ways to cook with ground beef for an easy weeknight supper. These recipes will help you get dinner on the table fast and you're sure to find a new favorite!
Dessert is where crescent dough truly shines. The flaky, buttery crust pairs so well with any number of ingredients and flavors. You'll be proud to serve any one of these crescent roll dessert recipes on your table!
These crescent roll breakfast recipes are so simple, you can be enjoying them by the time you're finished with your first cup of coffee! We've included recipes that can be used for both a weekday breakfast or a leisurely brunch with friends.
Crescent roll rings are one of those fun meals that always look impressive yet couldn't be easier to make! Dinner? Check. Breakfast? Check. Gorgeous desserts that taste so fantastic you'll be passing around the recipe? Check and check.
Kristy Bernardo is the recipe creator behind The Wicked Noodle. She's a five-time cookbook author, has taught cooking classes to both kids and adults, and has been creating recipes for nationwide brands since 2009. She learned most of her cooking skills from her mom and grandmother, then honed those skills at boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America.
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Thursday 16th of April 2015
Omg, I`m definitely swooning and drooling!!!
I love using crescent rolls to bake. Those veggie pizza rolls! Oh my! Love the chicken pot pie idea too!
Friday 17th of April 2015
Thanks, Lynna! There are several that I can't wait to try, too!