Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls
These wonderfully easy, sweet crescent rolls are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just because… they make a sweet dessert, served with some berries.
Happy Valentine’s my sweet friends, family and dear readers!
Let me first start by saying while I am a sappy girl at times, interestingly enough, Valentine’s Day is not one of those days. Rather, Valentine’s Day at our house, is a celebration of our love for each other. I have raised my five teenagers to understand that they don’t need someone in their life, to celebrate love. We love our families, we love our friends.
We should take a day to celebrate that rather than focusing on only one person.
Married couples and even dating couples have an anniversary they can celebrate.
Leave Valentine’s Day for celebrating love as a whole, not celebrating our love for only one person.
Call me cynical, but that has always bothered me.
So today my family celebrates with these wonderful “pastries” – they are homemade sweet crescent rolls and they are amazing. We enjoyed them for breakfast with some delicious berries and cream and I feel like I had quite the decadent treat.
With that said, let me also explain that you do not have to make the icing for these. You can simple enjoy them as is, without the sweet coating on the top. They are wonderful and a favorite “dinner roll” addition to our meals. (sweet or regular, doesn’t really matter.
They also have a secret ingredient. You’ll be surprised… and you certainly don’t taste it. At all.
- 1 cup of butter, room temp, softened
- 1½ cups of cottage cheese (use the 4% kind - I have not tested it with light/low fat)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1¾ cups of powdered sugar (confectioners')
- 3 Tablespoons of butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons of milk
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla (or any other flavoring you'd like to use)
- You will not be preheating your oven just yet. After all, we are making "dough".
- Using your stand mixer (or a large bowl and a whisk) beat the butter and the cottage cheese until it is completely blended.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour and the salt.Add it a little at a time to the butter/cottage cheese mixture. Blend everything together well.
- Cover and refrigerate your dough for *at least* 4 hours.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly flour your surface and knead the dough until you can cut it into three equal parts.
- Roll each mound of dough into a ball, and then using a rolling pin, roll each of the individual dough balls out into a 12" circles (it's easier to do this one at a time). Using a knife or pizza cutter, divide each circle into 12 slices ... like a pizza.
- Starting at the widest edge of each "slice", roll the wedges from wide to the pointed end. Place the pointed end down on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until they are a light golden brown.
- Remove from oven.
- While the rolls are still hot, move them to a wire rack.
- Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in a pan on the stovetop over low heat.
- Stir in the vanilla and the milk and immediately remove from heat.
- Slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time until fully incorporated. It should be kind of thick.
- Spread the icing over the warm rolls.
- Cool and enjoy.