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Cardamom Crescents Recipe

A hint of cardamom adds nice flavor to these tender golden rolls. They're my grandchildren's favorites, so I make the crescents all year long.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:72 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional butter, melted


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 teaspoon sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the milk, butter, cardamom, salt and remaining sugar. Add the eggs and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to for 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 1-1/2 hours.
  • 2. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into six pieces. Roll each piece into a 10-in. circle; brush with melted butter. Cut each circle into 12 wedges. Roll up each wedge from the wide end; place pointed end down 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Curve ends down to form crescents. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush with melted butter if desired. Yield: 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 79 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Mary_1959 User ID: 549472 66180
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I found this a few years ago in the Country Woman Christmas issue. I decided to try it, since I had not used cardamom before, and I had offered to bring rolls to my new in-laws' Christmas dinner. This makes 6 dozen rolls, so I knew there would be plenty for our large family. These have become a huge hit, and I've been making them every Christmas since. One of my toddler grandchildren would eat nothing else last year. Definitely give these a try!! They are a little bit of work, but totally worth it, especially for that special occasion!"

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