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An assortment of golden baked crescent rolls on a plate.

Easy Homemade Crescent Rolls

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Resting Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 14 rolls 1x
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Easy Homemade Crescent Rolls are soft, sweet and fluffy and heavenly slathered with butter. Making these from scratch has never been easier!


  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast (*see note)
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110°F – 115°F)
  • 3/4 cup butter, divided at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature 
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour, divided


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the yeast, water, 1/2 cup butter, eggs, sugar, and salt. Mix together on medium speed for 1 – 2 minutes, until combined. 
  2. Turn the mixer down to low and add in the remaining flour until combined. Replace the paddle attachment with the hook attachment and mix on medium speed for 6 – 8 minutes, until a soft, smooth dough has formed. Alternatively you can knead the dough by hand if desired. 
  3. Cover the bowl with a towel, place in a warm, non-drafty place and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  4. When the dough is doubled, transfer it to a lightly floured surface and roll into a 15- inch circle. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 14 equal wedges. Starting with the wide edge, roll the dough up. Place the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet, and cover with a towel. 
  5. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Allow the rolls to rest, covered, while the oven is preheating, 10 – 15 minutes. 
  6. Remove the towel and bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove the rolls from the oven and melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter. Brush the melted butter on top of the warm rolls.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.


*If you would like to use regular dry active yeast instead of instant, dissolve the yeast in the warm water for 5 minutes before adding the remaining ingredients in step #1. Also you will need to increase the rise time 30 minutes – 1 hour, to allow the dough to double in size (on both rises).

To Store: store airtight for up to 2 days.

Make ahead instructions: Prep the dough as stated in steps 1 – 2. Place the unrisen dough in the refrigerator to rise slowly overnight. Remove the dough from the refrigerator 30 minutes before starting step 4.

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