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French Crescent Rolls Recipe

French Crescent Rolls Recipe

Meet the Cook: Whenever we have rolls and coffee after church, these come along with me. Here on the high plains, we've been raising cattle, wheat and daughters for 30 years. Our two oldest are grown, and our youngest just began college. -Betty Ann Wolery, Joplin, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened, divided
  • ICING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, egg, sugar, shortening and salt; mix well. Add flour; mix until smooth. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Spread with 1 tablespoon softened butter Fold corners to the middle and then fold in half. Wrap dough in waxed paper; chill for 30 minutes. Repeat rolling, buttering, folding and chilling steps twice. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each into an 11-in. circle, 1/8 in. thick. Cut each circle into eight wedges; roll up from wide edge to tip of dough and pinch to seal. Place rolls, tip down, on greased baking sheets and curve to form crescent. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. For icing, combine sugar, milk, butter and extracts; spread over warm rolls. Sprinkle with nuts. Yield: 16 rolls.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 204 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"Wow, love these. I added a Tbls. of poppy seed to the dough and used sliced almonds vrs. walnuts. I made a double batch, took them to bible class at church and came back with an empty container ad lots of compliments."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

"These are absolutely awesome! A little extra work, but well worth it!"

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