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Best Ever Dinner Crescents

These Best Ever Dinner Crescents are really the perfect dinner rolls, soft, buttery, best tasting yet still simple to make. There's nothing better than fresh hot dinner rolls right out of your oven.
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Bread, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crescent rolls, dinner rolls
Servings: 24
Calories: 144kcal


  • 1 cup water lukewarm
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp salt


  • Activate your yeast first by combing the water and yeast together in a small bowl. Stir the yeast a little bit and let it sit until it foams about 10 to 15 minutes. If your yeast doesn't activate, do not proceed.
  • In a microwave safe bowl combine the milk, sugar and 1/4 cup of the butter and microwave for about a minute until the butter melts. Whisk it a bit, so that the butter melts completely. Let the milk cool a bit, so that it's just warm to touch. Whisk in the egg.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, start with 4 cups of flour, add salt and mix. Add the milk and yeast mixture to the flour.
  • Using the dough hook mix for a couple minutes. The dough is ready when it comes clean from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is too sticky add more flour, starting with about 1/4 cup at a time until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl while mixing. Mine only required 4 cups, that's why start with 4 cups and go from there.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it up with a clean damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rest until it doubles in size. 
  • Once the dough is ready, punch it down to let the air out. Cut it in 2 pieces. Roll each piece into a circle about 14" in diameter. Spread the top with remaining butter. For both pieces you shouldn't need more than 1/4 cup. Using the pizza cutter cut the circle into quarters first, then each quarter into thirds, for 12 pieces in total. Roll up each piece to form a crescent.
  • Repeat with other piece of dough. Place the rolls onto a buttered pan.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. 
  • Let the rolls rest until the edges touch, they should almost double in size.
  • Bake for about 15 or 20 minutes until golden brown. Melt remaining butter (should have about 1/4 cup of butter left) and brush the rolls while still warm.



You can store these rolls right on the counter wrapped in foil or plastic wrap for up to 5 days. You can freeze these rolls easily, just place them separately on a baking sheet and freeze before transferring to a freezer bag or airtight container. They will last for up to 6 months and can be thawed right on the counter when ready to eat.
Always check the expiration date on your yeast and make sure it hasn't expired. All your yeast products whether it’s in a jar or a package should be stamped with a “Best if Used by” date. Always make sure you check this date, even when you purchase the yeast, who knows it could have been on the shelf past its expiry date.
To keep your yeast fresh and longer lasting, unopened yeast packages or jars should be stored in a cool or dry place such as your cupboard. However, you can also store your yeast in the fridge or freezer. If you do store it in the freezer and need to use yeast for your baking, make sure you take out the amount you need and let it sit at room temperature for at least half hour before using.
Once your yeast package or jar has been opened, you must refrigerate the yeast or freeze it in an airtight container.
One thing to remember about your yeast, is that it is a living organism and over time it will lose activity, even if you’ve never opened the jar or package. So if you don’t bake often, buy the smaller yeast packages rather than a big jar of yeast.
Tip: To help your dough rise faster, heat up your oven to 200 F degrees, then turn off the oven. Place your dough in the oven, close the door and let the dough rise in peace for about 30 minutes. 
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg