9 Easy Crescent Roll Recipes That Cover Breakfast to Dessert

Nutty Honey Mini Rolls
Photo: Andy Lyons

Whether you're craving crescent roll recipes made from scratch or are dreaming of semi-homemade recipes that use crescent roll dough, these sweet and savory crescent roll recipes will rise to the occasion. Check out recipes such as chicken pot pie with crescent rolls (talk about easy!), crescent-wrapped apple dumplings, and party-starting crescent roll appetizer recipes.

01 of 09

Air-Fried Donut Sticks

Air-Fried Donut Sticks
Alison Miksch

Make any day feel like it's state fair season with this easy air fryer dessert. Flavored like a churro but a breeze to prep in a mere 15 minutes, we love to serve this unique recipe that uses crescent roll dough. Portion six sticks around each dipper so each diner can grab one and dunk as desired in jam, melted chocolate, honey, caramel sauce, or frosting.

02 of 09

Make-It-Mine Pot Pie

Make It Mine Pot Pie
Blaine Moats

If you prefer your recipes to allow for some flexibility, this comfort food dinner idea is for you. Choose your favorite meat, frozen vegetables, condensed soup or gravy, seasoning, cheese, and topper to BYOP (build your own pie). For a far-simpler but just-like-Grandma-made variation, we adore chicken pot pie with crescent rolls, cream of chicken soup, peas and carrots, and dried thyme.

03 of 09

Nutty Honey Mini Rolls

Nutty Honey Mini Rolls
Andy Lyons

Bust out your mini muffin tin. It's the perfect tool to help make these two-bite treats just the right portion size for brunch parties and bake sales. It will be our little secret that the honey-scented, almond-sprinkled crescent roll breakfast started with a package of crescent roll dough.

04 of 09

Mummy Hot Dog

Mummy Hot Dog
Matthew Clark

One conundrum we will never understand: Why are hot dogs typically sold in packs of 10, while their buns come in bags of eight? Steer clear of this mismatch entirely by trading a tube of purchased dough for the buns to make crescent roll hot dogs. This savory crescent roll recipe is like a cheese dog wrapped end to end in a flaky, buttery "bun."

05 of 09

Pumpkin Crescent Rolls with Honey Butter

Pumpkin Crescent Rolls with Honey Butter
Jason Donnelly

Next time you're brainstorming what to do with extra canned pumpkin lying around after using a half cup or so for another recipe, make some rolls. Pumpkin-spiced rolls, that is! This crescent roll idea features canned pumpkin in the yeast bread dough, which yields remarkably tender results. Honey butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar pretty much guarantee these will steal the show at any meal or party you serve them.

06 of 09

Crescent Rolls

Crescent Rolls
Blaine Moats

Mashed potatoes are the secret ingredient in one of our Test Kitchen's most popular cinnamon roll recipes. And here, mashed potato flakes are the secret to this tender, soft, and pillowy made-from-scratch crescent roll recipe. A bit of butter and brown sugar make these half-whole-wheat yeast rolls pleasantly sweet and ideal for brunch or snack time.

07 of 09

Egg-in-a-Bundle

Eggs-in-a-Bundle
Mike Jensen

A BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese) sandwich is a New York City staple for good reason…it's fast, filling, and flavorful. For a speedy and less messy rendition, nestle bacon and eggs into a hand-held pastry for breakfast or lunch on the go.

Test Kitchen Tip: Get a headstart on this stuffed crescent roll recipe by purchasing prepared hard-cooked eggs. (Or if time allows, choose your favorite from our top four ways to hard-boil eggs at home.)

08 of 09

Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls
Scott Little

Drive or stroll right past the bakery. These crescent roll cinnamon rolls taste just as good as the pricey purchased treats—and require just 10 minutes of prep time. Plus there's no need to fuss with yeast, kneading, and flouring up your kitchen as you might with DIY sweet rolls. Round up one package of crescent roll dough and a few other baking staples and you're all set.

09 of 09

Ham-and-Cheese Crescent Snacks

Ham-and-Cheese Crescent Snacks
Andy Lyons

Feed a crowd of hungry kids (or kids at heart) with this 12-slice snack. Inspired by a Denver omelet, this ham and cheese crescent roll flatbread has become one of our go-to party snacks. Simply press a package of rolls into a 9- x 13-inch pan, top with a mustard-butter "sauce," and garnish the savory pie with the usual omelet fixings: ham, onion, bell pepper, and cheese.

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