Make Ahead And Freeze Crescent Rolls Recipe

Light and soft homemade crescent rolls are always a crowd-pleaser. This Crescent Roll Recipe is perfect for the holidays, dinner time or as breakfast bread. Make ahead and freeze for a really easy dinner roll.

crescent roll recipe

Crescent Roll Recipe

If you love homemade rolls, then you might also love my recipe for these super quick no-yeast dinner rolls – done in 20 minutes.

Do you love making bread? You might like some of my other popular bread recipes like…

Shortcut Jalapeno Cornbread with Cheese Using Jiffy 

No Time for Yeast Biscuit Like Rolls

Old Fashioned Banana Bread 

homemade crescent rolls

Bread…My worst enemy and my best friend all rolled into one. I despise and love it at the same time. Crescent rolls are my absolute favorite and the hardest for me to resist. That’s why I don’t buy them at the store. I figure, if I want them bad enough, then I’ll have to do the work to get them on the plate. There is so much waiting involved, that my patience usually doesn’t allow for them. But, sometimes I get into a baking mood, or my daughter has a science experiment like controlling yeast in a recipe.

crescent roll recipe

Whatever the reason that gets me to bake up these scrumptious bites of heaven, they are definitely worth the wait. They are perfect for the holiday season that’s just around the corner. Can you believe someone posted there’s only 10 Sundays before Christmas?! The nerve! Oh…one more reason to sing the praises of these Homemade Crescent Rolls, you can freeze them and pull one, two or twenty out when you need them.

make ahead crescent rolls

These rolls are simply scrumptious dinner rolls, but they make the perfect roll for breakfast, too. Just slather on some jam and cream cheese…oh yum! See? This is why I don’t keep them in the house…unless it involves a science project or the holidays.

What is the difference between a Crescent roll and a Croissant?

  • A crescent roll is basically bread rolled out and shaped into a crescent shape. A croissant is a more puffy, flaky pastry dough with layers of pastry that easily pull apart
how to make crescent rolls

How do you make Homemade Crescent Rolls?

  • Heat milk to about 110 degrees and dissolve yeast
  • In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, and salt
  • In a separate bowl mix the eggs and oil
  • Mix the egg mixture with the flour mixture
  • Add the yeast and milk – mix
  • Grease a large bowl, add the dough – cover, and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled
  • Punch the dough down and divide in half
  • Roll one half at a time into a circle and cut the dough into 8-10 triangles (like a pizza)
  • Hand roll each triangle from the wide end to the narrow end
  • Tuck the tip under the roll
  • Let the crescent rolls rise again until doubled
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes


  • Freeze rolls just after they are rolled (before the second rise) – if freezing place rolls on a small baking sheet and freeze them. Once frozen place them in an airtight freezer bag
  • When you are ready to bake, let rolls thaw at room temperature and rise until doubled
  • Continue with the baking process

Let’s get to it. Here’s the recipe:

buttered crescent roll

Homemade Crescent Rolls

Delicious crescent rolls that are easy to make ahead for holidays.
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Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 217cal
Author: Melissa


  • 1 cup milk luke warm
  • 2&1/2 tsp. yeast 1 package
  • 4 cups flour unbleached
  • cups sugar granulated
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • cup oil canola or vegetable
  • 2 Tbsp. butter melted


  • Heat milk in a saucepan, but only until you see some steam rising. The best temperature for yeast is around 110 degrees. If your milk gets too hot, then just let it cool off for a bit
  • Add the yeast to the milk, and stir to dissolve
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt
    crescent roll recipe
  • In a separate bowl mix the eggs and oil
  • Stir the oil mixture into the flour mixture
  • Now, add the yeast and milk mixture and stir in
  • Grease a large bowl
  • Place the dough into the large greased bowl, and place in a warm place to dry
  • You can use the warmth of your oven light with the door closed to make a warm place
  • Let the dough rise until doubled – It’s a good idea to just walk away. This will take about 40 minutes to an hour
  • Divide the dough in half
    how to make crescent rolls
  • Place half of the dough onto a lightly floured surface
  • Roll the dough out to about a 9 inch circle
  • Slice the dough into 8-10 triangles
  • Start rolling the triangles up from large tip to small tip, tucking the point under
    how to make crescent rolls
  • If you want to freeze the rolls – Place on a cookie sheet to freeze
  • When the rolls are frozen, place them in a zip tight bag and freeze until your ready for them
  • You’ll have to let the dough thaw and rise on the day you bake the rolls. So, take the out the ones you want and place on a cookie sheet. Cover them up so they are warm and cozy, and let rise until the rolls have doubled in size.
  • If you don’t intend on freezing them, then once you have the rolls on your baking sheet, let them rise again for about 15 minutes. They should puff up and almost double in size
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes
    how to make crescent rolls
  • Brush melted butter over baked rolls


*Crescent rolls when stored covered at room temperature should last for about 3 days
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 217cal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Pat

    No sugar needed? No kneading?

    1. Melissa

      There is 1/3 cup of sugar, but no instructions for kneading.