Grandma's Perfect Crescent Rolls

"These rolls are rich, moist, soft, buttery, and downright wholesome! You will need a machine large enough to knead a dough with 7-9 c. of bread flour, unless you cut this recipe in half. I recommend SAF instant yeast, but others will work almost as well. The dough can also be used for making Parkerhouse rolls or even to fill with a meat filling. I use a machine called a Bosch bread mixer, which can easily handle this much dough, but a large Kitchen Aid should work as well. Enjoy."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins
36 rolls




  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until completely melted. Add the milk and sugar, turn heat to very low, and bring the mixture to about 105 degrees, or until the mixture is warm to the touch.
  • Add the mixture to a mixing bowl and add the beaten egg. Immediately add the yeast and let stand until mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes. If using instant yeast, you may simply add the yeast with the flour without proofing first.
  • While yeast activates, measure 7 cups flour in large mixing bowl and add the salt. When yeast mixture is ready, add the flour and knead, adding more flour as necessary, until you have a soft, slightly sticky dough. Knead 6 to 7 minutes, then place in large bowl, cover, and let stand until dough has doubled in size.
  • Divide dough into quarters, then shape the first piece into a round. Roll out dough into a 10-inch circle and cut dough into 8 to 10 triangles, depending on how large you want your rolls. Dip each triangle into the melted butter so that most, but not all, of the dough is coated with butter. Allow the excess to run off, then roll from short side oposite the point into a crescent shape. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment so the rolls are almost touching. Repeat with the remaining sections of dough until all the rolls have been rolled.
  • Let the rolls rise in a warm place until very puffy, though not necessarily doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake rolls for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes, then brush with additional melted butter and sprinkle lightly with kosher or sea salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • This dough can also be made into parkerhouse rolls or any other rolls you wish.

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  1. patti k.
    These are good rolls; the dough is nice and springy. I was a bit confused as to what to do with the eggs since the directions just say to beat in a small bowl and reserve, but I figured they belonged in the dough. I rolled out part of this for calzones, and it worked very well for that. I froze about half of it and rolled the rest into crescent rolls. I didn't even dip them in butter first and they were still very good. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Happy Harry 2
    OK, I've waited a long time to find a recipe that was a copycat of the storebought Pillsbury Crescent dough. So I stared out with some concern as I am not the most experienced baker. Used my Kitchen Aid for this chore. All went well, my rolls turned out very nicely and tasted good...but not like crescent rolls, to me. I am happy so far though...I say so far because the whole reason for this recipe was to find a dough that would taste and handle like the purchased type AND...most important to me, be able to be frozen for later use and STILL taste as good. That brings me to the four stars...I have frozen some dough and will re-evaluate the stars when I try it out. In the meantime, thank you Two Socks for coming up with this recipe.


I am a very-happily-married man and stay-at-home Dad to my beautiful 10-month-old girl (as of March, 2015). I also see to all the household chores and duties while my wife runs a small music therapy business. I love to cook and bake, and have a major love affair with chocolate and sweets in general. I love charcoal grilling and smoking, as well as baking bread, my cast iron skillet, and recently, I have rediscovered the slow cooker since my favorite food magazine, "Cooks' Illustrated" and the folks at "America's Test Kitchen, came out with their two "Slow Cooker Revolution" books. They are pretty much the only slow cooker recipes I trust to come out well every time. I enjoy making and perfecting the classics, but also like to create new recipes of my own now and then. We are also determined to grow some things in our garden despite the climate is very much against us here. The goal is a variety of herbs and easy-to-grow vegetables, as well as the most elusive of all - tomatoes. I consider m yself a very well-rounded cook in both my food preferrances and culinary abilities.
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