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Golden Crescents

My family loves these rolls so much they request them for every Sunday dinner. Pulling their share of these slightly sweet, tender rolls from out of the basket, my grandchildren look at me and say, "Grandma, you are the world's best cook." -Bertha Johnson, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter plus additional as needed, divided


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, eggs, softened butter, shortening, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough of the 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 the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 12-in. circle. Brush each with 1 tablespoon melted butter, and cut into 12 wedges. Roll up wedges from the wide end and place point side down 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Curve ends to form crescents. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° until golden, 8-10 minutes. Brush with additional melted butter if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll (calculated without butter for brushing): 133 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • JTCooksOK
    Apr 9, 2020

    First time making golden crescent rolls with yeast, very easy to follow directions. Simple ingredients that you have in your refrigerator and pantry. Tender, browned, delicious with butter or jams in them when sliced open. I would have liked them even more if they had been a bit more flakey.

  • Gramma Amy
    Nov 14, 2018

    These rolls are on every Holiday table at our house. I put the ingredients into my bread machine to begin the mixing

  • grandmaabbott
    Nov 22, 2013

    I first saw this recipe in the 1999 Taste of Home Annual Recipes book and have been making them every year for Thanksgiving since. They are the best and when we go out to relatives' for dinner, they request that I bring the Crescent rolls. Thank you!

  • haleyjune
    Mar 11, 2009

    This recipe is absolutely amazing! The only thing i did different is i cut hot dog's in half and rolled a half in each crossant when it was time to roll them. My family loves them! thanks for the recipe!