Homemade Crescent Rolls [Dinner Rolls]

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Light, soft, and fluffy homemade crescent rolls! Made with just a few simple ingredients, these dinner rolls are heavenly. Enjoy these utterly delicious dinner rolls warm out of the oven. Perfect to serve them for the holidays!

 

Homemade Crescent Rolls

 

HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

The leaves are changing color, days are getting shorter and I smell pumpkin spice in the air. Summers are officially over. Cool, crisp air, reminds me it’s perfect time to crank up the oven and start some baking. Hurray! We are officially into baking season.

There is something about homemade bread. Homemade bread is fresh, soft, light, fluffy and simply irresistible with extraordinary taste and flavor. I made these crescent rolls for the holidays. OMG, these were absolutely amazing!! Seriously, nothing beats these fresh, out of the oven, warm, utterly delicious homemade crescent rolls.

Everyone is asking for this crescent rolls recipe. Here’s this wonderful, incredibly easy, fool-proof crescent rolls recipe. If you love baking, do try some of my other recipes as well. From homemade Brioche Rolls, New York Style Bagels, Honey Oat Bread, Easy Garlic Knots, Homemade English Muffins, to more fancy, decadent bakes as Chocolate Babka or Star Bread, we just love it.

These homemade crescent rolls are easy to make and are an absolute crowd pleaser. I love these crescent rolls, they are incredibly delicious and you can make them ahead too. These crescent rolls are unbelievably delicious. Make these for your dinner tonight or save the recipe for the holidays. Try these crescent rolls and, I bet it will be your favorite!

INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

4 1/2 cups ( 590 g) all-purpose flour, spoon & leveled

2 1/4 teaspoon (7 g) Active Dry Yeast 

2/3 cup ( 157 ml) lukewarm water [100* F – 110* F]

1 cup ( 237 ml) whole milk

3/4 cup (12 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened

1/3 (67 g) cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoon salt

Pic Shown: Homemade Crescent Rolls

 

homemade crescent rolls

 

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

Homemade Crescent rolls are very easy to make. Follow these simple 5 steps for making fluffy, delicious rolls at home.

1. PREPARE DOUGH [USING STAND MIXER OR BY HAND]

2. FIRST PROOFING [TRADITIONAL OR USING INSTANT POT]

3. SHAPE THE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

4. SECOND PROOFING

5. BAKE THE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

STEP 1: PROOF YEAST

In a cup, stir in lukewarm water [100*F – 110*F], 1 teaspoon sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, or it turns frothy, and doubles in volume.

Note: If the yeast is active, the mixture turns frothy, and doubles in volume. If the mixture does not double in size, start the process again with fresh yeast.

 

homemade crescent rolls

 

STEP 2: PREPARE THE DOUGH [BY HAND OR USING STAND MIXER]

In a microwave safe bowl, warm cup of milk and 6 tablespoons of butter, or the butter just melts.

Note: The temperature of the mixture should be lukewarm [100*F – 110*F].

In a bowl, add dry ingredients – flour, remaining sugar, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients. Stir in milk mixture, and yeast mixture. With the back of a wooden spoon, combine all the ingredients.

Transfer the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough for around 8-10 minutes or the dough is soft, and smooth. Shape the dough into a ball.

Note: The dough will be slightly sticky, do not add too much flour.

If using a stand mixer, knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. The dough is soft and smooth (dough will start to leave the sides of the bowl ).

 

homemade crescent rolls

 

STEP 3: FIRST PROOFING

Grease the bowl and place the dough in. Turn the dough to grease the top. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and place it in a warm place for 1-1 1/2 hours, or it doubles in volume.

STEP 3: FIRST PROOFING [ USING INSTANT POT ]

Grease the inner pot. Place the dough, and turn the dough to grease the top. Place lid and cover the pot. Turn ON YOGURT (less) for 60 minutes.

Note: I used a glass lid that fits to cover the inner pot.

 

homemade crescent rolls

 

STEP 4: SHAPE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

Grease a 13*18 inch baking sheet with some butter, set it aside.

Note: You can line the baking sheet with some parchment paper.

Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, and punch it down. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Shape each portion into a smooth ball.

Take one portion of dough ball and roll it into around 16-17 inch circle. Try to roll it as even as possible.

Apply around 2 tablespoons of softened butter onto the circle.

Cut the circle, first into 4 wedges. Cut each wedge into 3 equal wedges. You will get 12 equal wedges from each circle.

Start with wide end of each wedge (outside of circle), and roll it towards the tip of the slice. Place the loose end of the roll onto the baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining wedges.

Repeat the process with the second portion of the dough. Roll into 16-17 inch circle, apply butter. Cut into 12 equal wedges, roll the wedges and place it onto the baking sheet.

Cover the crescent rolls loosely with some plastic wrap. Place them in a warm place or in an oven with the oven light ON for 45-60 minutes, or the rolls have slightly puffed up.

 

homemade crescent rolls

 

STEP 5: BAKE THE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

At the end of the second proofing, preheat the oven at 375*F.

Remove the plastic wrap. Bake the rolls for 14-18 minutes, or golden brown.

[Optional] Rotate the baking sheet half way through for even baking.

Note: Place the baking sheet on the middle rack, to prevent top from browning too fast. If the top of the rolls is browning quickly, loosely place a foil tent over the rolls.

Apply some melted butter on top, and enjoy warm, fluffy, crescent rolls!!

 

homemade crescent rolls

 

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DIRECTIONS FOR MAKE AHEAD DOUGH

Follow STEP1 & STEP2 and prepare the dough. Place the dough in an lightly greased, air-tight container and place it in the refrigerator. The dough will rise slow overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, remove the dough and let it sit at room temperature for around 30 minutes or it doubles in volume. Continue with STEP 4.

DIRECTIONS TO FREEZE THE DOUGH

Follow the recipe through STEP 3. After first proofing, deflate the dough. Wrap the dough first in a plastic wrap, followed by a foil. Place it in a freezer safe, Ziploc bag and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or on a kitchen counter. Continue with STEP 4.

DIRECTIONS FOR FREEZING CRESCENT ROLLS

Follow the recipe through STEP 4, shape the rolls and arrange them on a lined baking sheet. Freeze the rolls uncovered, for 1-2 hours. Remove the rolls from the freezer, they will be frozen and not sticky anymore. Place the rolls in a freezer-friendly container or Ziploc bags. Freeze the rolls for up to 3 months. Thaw the rolls in the refrigerator or on kitchen counter. Allow the rolls to come to a room temperature. Arrange them on a greased baking sheet. Cover and allow them to rise for 45-60 minutes. Continue with STEP 5.

Pic Shown: Homemade Crescent Rolls

 

Homemade Crescent Rolls

 

PRO TIPS FOR BEST HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

The temperature of the water (or milk), must be warm enough to activate the yeast. The temperature should be around 100*F – 110*F. Anything hotter or cold will kill the yeast and the rolls won’t rise.

It is important that the yeast is active, or the rolls will turn quite hard. Make sure that the yeast has not expired. If the yeast is active, the mixture turns frothy, and doubles in volume. If the mixture does not double in size, start the process again with fresh yeast.

Use room temperature, softened butter. I prefer unsalted butter.  Salted butter can be used too. Simply reduce the amount of salt in the recipe by 1/2 teaspoon.

ABOUT THE DOUGH

The crescent roll dough is soft, smooth and will slightly be sticky. Do not add too much flour, it will make the rolls dense.

To measure the flour, you can use scale or cup. If using cup measurements, do not scoop the flour into the cup. Lightly fill the measuring cup with the flour, and level it with back of the spoon.

Do not over-knead the dough. A well kneaded dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl. Dough should be soft, smooth, and slightly sticky.

To proof the dough, place it in a warm place. Use Instant Pot or oven (with light ON only) for proofing. Do not put the dough into direct sunlight or in an extreme warm place.

If using oven to proof the dough, turn ON the oven light. Do not turn ON the oven. 

Roll the dough into as much even thickness as possible, for evenly sized rolls.

TO BAKE THE ROLLS

Grease the baking sheet or else the rolls might stick to the baking sheet.

Preheat the oven at 375*F. If the oven is not heated fully, chances are that the rolls might turn out flat or under baked.

Place the baking sheet on the middle rack, to avoid browning of the top of the rolls. If the tops of the rolls are browning quickly, use a foil tent to loosely cover the rolls.

Rotate the baking sheet half way through for an even baking.

It takes around 14-18 minutes for the rolls to bake. Do not over-bake the rolls, they will turn hard.

This recipe makes 24 large Crescent rolls. You can make 36 medium Crescent rolls with this recipe. To make medium size rolls, divide the dough into 3 equal parts. Roll each into 13-14 inch circle, and cut into 12 equal wedges.

Pic Shown: Homemade Crescent Rolls

 

Homemade Crescent Rolls

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS CRESCENT ROLL SAME AS CROISSANTS

No, they both are not the same. Crescent rolls and croissants have same shape. Croissants are made by layering of dough and butter. The dough is folded several times for a more richer, flakey pastry.

HOW ARE HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS BETTER

The store bought crescent rolls are mostly dairy free. Homemade rolls use dairy, milk and butter, making them more rich and flavorful. Homemade crescent rolls are amazingly soft, with a perfect balance of sweetness and rich buttery flavor.

HOW TO MEASURE FLOUR RIGHT WAY

It is important to measure the flour using a right method. To avoid over-measuring, do not scoop the flour straight from the container. First loosen the flour by giving it a good stir with a spoon or a spatula. Next, spoon the flour into the measuring cup, fill the cup slightly over the rim. Now, level the flour using back of the spoon or a knife.

CONSISTENCY OF THE DOUGH

The consistency of the dough is soft, smooth, and slightly sticky. Do not add more flour. Excess flour will result in dense crescent rolls.

HOW LONG DO YOU KNEAD DOUGH

Depending upon the method used for kneading, the time will vary. If you are using a stand mixer to knead the dough, it takes somewhere from 5-7 minutes to knead the dough. If kneading the dough by hand, it takes around 10-15 minutes for a soft, smooth, slightly sticky dough.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THE DOUGH IS KNEADED ENOUGH

A well kneaded dough will be soft, smooth and slightly sticky. If the dough does not pass this simple test, it means it needs more kneading.

Here are few ways you can tell that the dough is kneaded well:

First, it forms into a nice smooth dough, the dough will start to leave the sides of the bowl.

Second, do a windowpane test. Take a small piece of dough, and stretch it as thin as possible. If the dough does not tear, and you can see a thin layer of dough, it means the dough is kneaded well.

HOW TO STORE CRESCENT ROLLS

Cool crescent rolls completely. Place them in a Ziploc bag, or in an air-tight container. Crescent rolls lasts for few days at room temperature or up to a week in the refrigerator.

Crescent rolls freezes beautifully. Store the rolls in a Ziploc bags or freezer safe container. Crescent rolls lasts for couple of months.

HOW TO REHEAT THE CRESCENT ROLLS

Thaw the crescent rolls, brush or spray the rolls with some water and place them into a 350* F preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush with some melted butter and the rolls are ready to be served.

Pic Shown: Homemade Crescent Rolls

 

Homemade Crescent Rolls

 

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Homemade Crescent Rolls [Dinner Rolls]

Light, soft, and fluffy homemade crescent rolls! Made with just a few simple ingredients, these dinner rolls are heavenly. Enjoy these utterly delicious dinner rolls warm out of the oven. Perfect to serve them for the holidays!
Course Appetizer, Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword best crescent roll recipe, best homemade crescent rolls, dinner rolls, homemade crescent rolls, homemade crescent rolls instant yeast, homemade flaky crescent rolls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Proof TIme 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 24 large crescent rolls
Author Jyoti Behrani

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

  • 4 1/2 cups (590 g) all-purpose flour, spoon & leveled
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon (7 g) Active Dry Yeast 
  • 2/3 cup (157 ml) lukewarm water [100* F – 110* F]
  • 1 cup (237 ml) whole milk
  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup (67 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

    STEP 1: PROOF YEAST

    • In a cup, stir in lukewarm water [100*F – 110*F], 1 teaspoon sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, or it turns frothy, and doubles in volume.
      Note: If the yeast is active, the mixture turns frothy, and doubles in volume. If the mixture does not double in size, start the process again with fresh yeast.

    STEP 2: PREPARE THE DOUGH [BY HAND OR USING STAND MIXER]

    • In a microwave safe bowl, warm cup of milk and 6 tablespoons of butter, or the butter just melts.
      Note: The temperature of the mixture should be lukewarm [100*F – 110*F].
    • In a bowl, add dry ingredients – flour, remaining sugar, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients. Stir in milk mixture, and yeast mixture. With the back of a wooden spoon, combine all the ingredients.
    • Transfer the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough for around 8-10 minutes or the dough is soft, and smooth. Shape the dough into a ball.
      Note: The dough will be slightly sticky, do not add too much flour.
    • If using a stand mixer, knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. The dough is soft and pliable (dough will start to leave the sides of the bowl ).

    STEP 3: FIRST PROOFING

    • Grease the bowl and place the dough in. Turn the dough to grease the top. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and place it in a warm place for 1-1 1/2 hours, or it doubles in volume.

    STEP 3: FIRST PROOFING [ USING INSTANT POT ]

    • Grease the inner pot. Place the dough, and turn the dough to grease the top. Place lid and cover the pot. Turn ON YOGURT (less) for 60 minutes.
      Note: I used a glass lid that fits to cover the inner pot.

    STEP 4: SHAPE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

    • Grease a 13*18 inch baking sheet with some butter, set it aside.
      Note: You can line the baking sheet with some parchment paper.
    • Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, and punch it down. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Shape each portion into a smooth ball.
    • Take one portion of dough ball and roll it into around 16-17 inch circle. Try to roll it as even as possible.
    • Apply around 2 tablespoons of softened butter onto the circle.
    • Cut the circle, first into 4 wedges. Cut each wedge into 3 equal wedges. You will get 12 equal wedges from each circle.
    • Start with wide end of each wedge (outside of circle), and roll it towards the tip of the slice. Place the loose end of the roll onto the baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining wedges.
    • Repeat the process with the second portion of the dough. Roll into 16-17 inch circle, apply butter. Cut into 12 equal wedges, roll the wedges and place it onto the baking sheet.
    • Cover the crescent rolls loosely with some plastic wrap. Place them in a warm place or in an oven with the oven light ON for 45-60 minutes, or the rolls have slightly puffed up.

    STEP 5: BAKE THE CRESCENT ROLLS [DINNER ROLLS]

    • At the end of the second proofing, preheat the oven at 375*F.
    • Remove the plastic wrap. Bake the rolls for 14-18 minutes, or golden brown.
      Note: Place the baking sheet on the middle rack, to prevent top from browning too fast. If the top of the rolls is browning quickly, loosely place a foil tent over the rolls.
    • [Optional] Rotate the baking sheet half way through for even baking.
    • Apply some melted butter on top, and enjoy warm, fluffy, crescent rolls!!

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    Notes

    Please refer to the post for the following:
    1. Directions For Make Ahead Dough
    2. Directions To Freeze The Dough
    3. Directions For Freezing Crescent Rolls
    4. Tips For Best Homemade Crescent Rolls [Dinner Rolls]
    5. Frequently Asked Questions

     

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    Jyoti Behrani

    Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

    This Post Has 10 Comments

    1. Keri

      5 stars
      These crescent rolls were fantastic! Thank you for the great recipe.

    2. Kristen

      5 stars
      This was so easy! My kids loved it, thanks!

    3. Dannii

      5 stars
      These look so light and fluffy. I can’t wait to try it.

      1. Jyoti Behrani

        Great! Let me know how the crescent rolls turn out. Thanks!

    4. Aparna

      5 stars
      So easy to make and they taste great. Thank you for the recipe!

    5. Anjali

      5 stars
      I had no idea it was so easy to make crescent rolls from scratch at home! This recipe turned out great and tasted even better than the store bought version!

      1. Jyoti Behrani

        Awesome! So glad you liked my recipe. Thanks for sharing your feedback!

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