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Easy Crescent Rolls

I learned to cook and bake under my mother's fantastic guidance. She always treated the family to home-baked bread and I've learned to do the same.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a small bowl, beat eggs until a light lemon color. Add to yeast mixture; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in yeast mixture. Stir in enough remaining flour until dough leaves the side of the bowl and is soft (dough will be sticky). Do not knead. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a well-floured surface; divide into thirds. Roll each into a 12-in. circle; cut each circle into 12 wedges. Roll up wedges from wide end and place with pointed end down 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Curve ends to form a crescent shape. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 93 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Summy
    Nov 27, 2015

    I'm not sure that I would call these "Easy," but it is forgiving. I grabbed this recipe in a pinch for some Thanksgiving rolls, but unfortunately didn't read it through and discovered (after mixing the ingredients) that it was to sit in the refrigerator overnight! I went ahead and kneaded the dough a bit, then let it rise for about 1/2 hour (which it did, sort of). I shaped the crescent rolls and let them rise again (which they did). They were pretty tasty! And, now that I know that they are to sit in the fridge overnight, i'll probably make them again because THAT would have been much easier on Thanksgiving day. I used lard for the shortening.

  • pardenmygarden
    Jun 25, 2015

    I haven't actually used this recipe, but I have one that is almost exactly the same. About the only difference is that I divide the dough into 8 balls, wrap and refrigerate. Once rolled out in the morning I cut into 8 wedges, then 8 crescents. I make these for breakfast, one batch for every morning of the week... doubling one on Sunday. I've also used this to make little pockets with a sweet filling. Sprinkle course sugar on top. Delicious. Either way a huge success for the last 40 years. For the lady who wanted to know if you need to refrigerate to make it rise. Yes and no. I'd refrigerate it at least an hour to give the dough some time to rest. Thank you for the recipe verification. Meaning - I'm not the only one making these delicious treats.

  • jyynx
    Jan 13, 2014

    do you have to refrigerate it to rise?

  • carolhm25
    Nov 26, 2013

    This is a good recipe but these do not taste like crescent rolls to me more like a dinner roll. Not bad but not what I am wanting. The recipe was easy and the dough is easy to work with but the overall result is good but not a crescent roll which is made with lots of butter and is closer to a puff pastry than bread or dinner rolls like these.

  • cee-jay
    Oct 30, 2012

    Question: Can I used butter in this recipe instead of shortening? I never use or buy shortening.

  • 1275
    Feb 15, 2012

    I made these for my family's special valentines day dinner! They were absolutely great! The steps were easy to follow and the rolls turned out wonderful! They were so soft and light and had a slightly sweet taste them that I really liked. I will definitely make again!

  • bunnytoes22
    Dec 2, 2011

    This is the best crescent roll recipe EVER. No more looking for me...this is it. I did use bread flour, but other than that, followed the recipe exactly. The dough is silky smooth, easy to work with, and easy to roll out. I found out, the dough will also stay good in the refrigerator for at least a week. When I first made it, I used 2/3 of the dough, and put the rest in a container to use the next day. Well, about a week later, I took the dough out, decided to give it a try, and they came out as good as the day I made them. I can't say enough good things about this recipe! Awesomely good.

  • gitrumm
    Apr 5, 2010

    Wow! I was so impressed with these rolls! I am a beginner when it comes to working with yeast, but these rolls turned out perfectly! They were so easy and moist. I cant wait to make them again! You really cannot mess these up!

  • Grace zip60563
    Apr 2, 2010

    i agree this is the best roll receip i have usedthey also free well and just heat in a damp brown paper bag for five min. or until bag is dried.

  • tkarinas
    Apr 1, 2010

    My mother taught me how to make bread from scratch as a child and I've never forgotten how to do that. I love home made bread and have taught all my children as well. It turns out so soft and so nice, we love it and will be making anything we can from it, especially these crescent rolls.