Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls are delightful! Flaky, homemade goodness perfect for gifting, enjoying for breakfast, or whipping up for brunch or dessert.

Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

Why You’ll Love The Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

  • Superior Taste: They boast a buttery, flaky texture that canned varieties just can’t match. The sweetness is delicate, allowing the buttery flavor to shine through.
  • Freshness Factor: Homemade means fresh! You control the quality of ingredients and avoid any preservatives found in store-bought rolls.
  • Versatility: These rolls are incredibly versatile. Enjoy them plain or fill them with your favorite sweet treats like cinnamon sugar, jams, or chocolate hazelnut spread.
  • Gifting Potential: Freshly baked homemade rolls make a thoughtful and delicious gift for any occasion.
  • Easy to Make: Don’t be intimidated by “homemade.” These rolls are surprisingly easy to make, perfect for beginner bakers or busy schedules.
Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

Cute Ideas For Giving These Delicious Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls as Gifts

Here are some adorable ways to gift your homemade sweet crescent rolls:

  • Mini Basket Bonanza: Weave a small basket out of colorful construction paper or use a mini wicker basket. Line it with parchment paper and fill it with your warm rolls. Top with a little sprig of fresh rosemary for a touch of whimsy.
  • Crescent Crescent Moon Box: Find a small, round box (think cheese or tea tins). Decorate it with construction paper or paint to look like a crescent moon. Fill it with your rolls and write a sweet message like “You are out of this world!” on a tag.
  • Adorable Animal Shapes: Cut out fun shapes like teddy bears, hearts, or stars from cookie dough and bake them before assembling your rolls. Wrap the rolls with the baked shapes peeking out, creating a playful presentation.
  • Mason Jar Magic: Layer your rolls in a cute mason jar. Tie a piece of fabric or twine around the lid and attach a little tag that says “Sweeten Someone’s Day!”
  • Brown Bag Beauty: Package your rolls in a brown paper lunch bag. Decorate it with colorful markers or stamps and write a personalized message for the recipient.
Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

Tips for the perfect homemade sweet crescent rolls:

  • Make sure your yeast is fresh and activate it in warm water (around 110°F) with a pinch of sugar. This ensures your dough rises properly.
  • Use cold, cubed butter for the flakiest layers. As you roll out the dough, the cold butter creates pockets that puff up during baking, resulting in those delightful flaky layers.
  • Don’t rush the rising process! Let your dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size. This allows the yeast to do its work and creates a light and airy texture.
  • Aim for a thin and even dough when rolling it out. The thinner the dough, the more layers you’ll have in your final rolls.
  • When cutting the dough into triangles, use a sharp knife or pizza cutter for clean edges. This helps them roll up evenly and prevents tearing.
  • Brush the tops of your rolls with an egg wash (egg yolk mixed with a splash of water) before baking. This creates a beautiful golden brown color and adds a touch of sheen.
  • Keep an eye on your rolls in the oven. They’re done when golden brown, so avoid overbaking as they can dry out.
Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

How to Properly Store Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

Here’s how to properly store your homemade sweet crescent rolls to maintain their freshness and deliciousness:

Unbaked Rolls:

  • Short-Term Storage (up to 24 hours): If you plan to bake your rolls the next day, you can shape them and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover them loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Take them out a few hours before baking to let them come to room temperature.

Baked Rolls:

  • Room Temperature (2-3 days): Once baked and cooled completely, store leftover rolls in an airtight container or zip-top bag at room temperature. This is best for rolls you plan to enjoy within a few days.
  • Refrigerator (up to 1 week): For longer storage, transfer cooled rolls to an airtight container or zip-top bag and store them in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh for up to a week.
  • Freezer (several weeks): For the longest storage option, freeze your baked rolls! Let them cool completely, then wrap each roll individually in plastic wrap or foil. Place them in a single layer in a freezer-safe container or bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. They’ll keep for several weeks in the freezer.

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Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

Making the Recipe

Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

Nicole Cook
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.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Course Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 111 kcal


  • 1 cup butter room temp, softened
  • 1 ½ cups cottage cheese use the 4% kind – I have not tested it with light/low fat
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch salt

For the Icing:

  • 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar confectioners’
  • 3 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoons 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.

Anytime after 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.

For the icing:

  • 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.


Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 76mgPotassium: 20mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 200IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword breakfast recipe, brunch recipe
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