August 25, 2016

Simple and Delicious Crescent Rolls

Simple and Delicious Crescent Rolls


If there is a recipe that defines my family it would be this one. There is no recipe that is used or requested as often as these crescent rolls.  In fact it is very rare to attend any family function and not see these rolls made by some aunt, cousin, mom or myself. They are the very best!

They are simple to make but just a little time consuming because they are made with self rising yeast. Great to make when you have a big meal to prepare because you make them in three sessions on the hour. The first is mixing the dough, second rolling out dough and third baking the rolls.

I have included detailed instructions in my recipe and promise you can make them and everyone will LOVE them!

Crescent Roll


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 T. yeast
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 cups milk, scalded
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 cups flour


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water (add 1T. sugar).
  2. In a separate bowl, mix liquid ingredients.
  3. Add yeast once it’s doubled in size and mix in dry ingredients (add flour slowly).
  4. Let dough double in size (about 45 minutes).
  5. Use 1/4 of dough and roll into large circle, about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Use pizza cutter and cut into pizza like slices.
  7. Brush with melted butter.
  8. Roll up pizza slices like a croissant. Place on greased pan.
  9. Cover; let rise until doubled in size (45-60 minutes).
  10. Bake at 375º for 12-15 minutes.


It really is a simple recipe, but make sure to read through everything before you start. Some steps that will help you be successful are:

  • Don’t forget to use scalded milk. I just throw it in the microwave for a minute, but just don’t forget it.
  • Make the mashed potatoes first so that you have them ready. I love using instant potatoes. So simple to just add water. My mom always bags extra mashed potatoes in ziplocks with 1 cup just for roll making and places them in the freezer.
  • Use warm water for the yeast, not hot. Add a Tablespoon of sugar to it to help it grow.  It should grow to at least two cups in size before adding to the dough.

If you can remember those things, the rest of the directions are a cinch.

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  1. Ohhh these look delicious and so simple to make!


  2. I’m SO pleased to find this recipe. I love crescent rolls but I don’t love the ingredients list on the package! No wonderful this is often requested by family and friends. I’m featuring your recipe at the Hearth and Soul Link Party this week and I do thank you for sharing it. Hope to see you at the party!

  3. Wow! You’ve made me believe I can actually make homemade crescent rolls. Thank you for the tips =) Pinning and putting the recipe on my must make list =) P.s. Found you via April’s Heath and Soul Party.

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