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Homemade Crescent Rolls

These homemade crescent rolls are flaky, buttery and easier than you'd think. They are the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Resting time 2 hours
Total 3 hours
Servings 12 crescent rolls
Calories 203 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup half-and-half heated to 110 degrees
  • 1 tablespoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Assembly:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Topping:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water

Directions

  1. Whisk the melted butter, half-and-half, yeast, and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a large liquid measuring cup until the yeast dissolves. Whisk in the egg and egg yolk.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix the flour, remaining sugar, and salt on low speed until combined, about 15 seconds. With mixer running on low, add the half-and-half mixture in a steady stream and mix until the dough comes together. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is smooth and comes away from the sides of bowl, about 6 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead to form a smooth, round ball. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm, draft-free spot. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 12-inch circle. Spread the softened butter over the dough, sprinkle with the salt, and cut into 12 wedges using a pizza cutter. Roll each wedge starting at the wide end, and arrange (with pointed tip of dough underneath each roll) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and return to a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Make-Ahead Note: At this point, the rolls can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk the egg white and water in a small bowl. Remove the plastic wrap and brush each roll twice with the egg white mixture. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through cooking. Cool rolls on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before serving. Leftover rolls can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Crescent Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 258mg11%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.