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Butterscotch Crescents

When I was first married, I'd try all kinds of recipes to impress my husband. These crescents were such a hit I still make them!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water, optional


  • Set aside 2 tablespoons evaporated milk for frosting. In a saucepan, combine pudding mix and remaining evaporated milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in butter until melted. Let stand until mixture cools to 110°-115°.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Beat in eggs, salt, 2 cups flour and pudding mixture until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 15-in. circle. Combine filling ingredients; spread 1/2 cupful over each circle. Cut each into 12 wedges; roll each into a crescent shape, starting with the wide end. Place point side down on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  • For frosting, combine brown sugar, butter and reserved evaporated milk in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Add water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Frost crescents.
Nutrition Facts
1 crescent: 180 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • OhBeeOne
    May 7, 2012

    "Punch dough down and divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 15-in. circle. Combine filling ingredients; spread 1/2 cupful over each circle."I must be missing something.. you divide the dough into thirds but use half the filling on a 1/3 circle? Do you have an extra 1/3 dough piece left over or should it read "place 1/3 of filling in the circle"?Thanks for your input.

  • LauraChapin
    May 30, 2011

    My family and I enjoyed these dessert crescents. These are simple to make.