Freezer Crescent Rolls Recipe
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Freezer Crescent Rolls Recipe

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Bake up sweet convenience with this freezer-friendly dough from Kristine Buck of Payson, Utah. “This recipe was handed down to me from my aunt, an awesome cook!” says Kristine. “I love having homemade rolls available anytime I want...especially during the holidays.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:32 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

1 roll equals 141 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the butter, milk powder, sugar, potato flakes, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  2. Turn onto a heavily floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Divide dough in half. Roll each portion into a 12-in. circle; cut each circle into 16 wedges. Roll up wedges from the wide ends and place point side down 2 in. apart on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Curve ends to form crescents.
  3. Cover and freeze. When firm, transfer to a large resealable plastic freezer bag. Freeze for up to 4 weeks.
  4. To use frozen rolls: Arrange frozen rolls 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled. Bake at 350° for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 32 rolls.
Originally published as Freezer Crescent Rolls in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p9

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Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"Made up the rolls Dec. 18th, froze as directed and took out of freezer 5 am this morning, Dec. 25th. Placed on parchment paper on cookie sheets and covered with dish towels til 10 am then popped in the oven as directed. First batch did not butter before baking, they came out much nicer, browned a bit, the buttered ones were pale. However they tripled or quadrupled in size, wonderfully fluffy and proud to take them to dinner at family home. So great for busy holidays!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"I would like to note that the original recipe does call for the instant yeast that does not require proofing, as rharkless mentions she does in her preperation. Original recipe ALSO calls for rolling out the dough then spreading with a layer of melted butter, before being cut and rolled. We also butter the tops as they come out of the oven. *my mom is said aunt that Kristine speaks of. I have also cheated by substituting 2/3 cup of canned evaporated milk for the dry milk and 2/3 cup of water (I find I don't use a complete box of powdered milk in a year, so I don't like to waste it). I warm the canned milk a little before adding. I would also disagree with it being diabetic friendly (mmmm. . . white bread + potatoes+butter and trying to just eat one. . . ehhhhh bit of a stretch). I would and do suggest this recipe all the time. Just avoid adding too much flour."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Was very easy to make and taste is out of this world soft and delicious. My freezer will always have these ready to eat. BTW, I put them out about 2 hours before putting in oven and they turned out perfect!"

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"My first try at making crescent rolls, so maybe I'm off - but I did think they turned out more like potato rolls, too. Very yummy brushed with butter out of the oven. But I'll look for a recipe that has a lighter, more flaky consistency."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"I'm sure they will be very good - I;m going to make them this afternoon for use on Thanksgiving . For years have been making potato rolls from Betty Crocker cookbook, but these will be easier and faster."

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