Crescent Rolls

Crescent Rolls

Is there any roll that sets the scene for a convivial dinner better than a breadbasket piled high with buttery Crescent Rolls? If you’re anything like us, you and the crescent go way back. Dressed up with sea salt, this roll’s timeless shape and versatility make it a family favorite as well as a busy baker’s go-to recipe. (The dough can be made ahead for a worry-free addition to the dinner table.)

Crescent Rolls
Makes 24 rolls
  • 4¼ cups (540 grams) bread flour
  • 4½ teaspoons (14 grams) instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 cup (240 grams) whole milk
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (42 grams) honey
  • 1 large egg (50 grams), room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk (19 grams), room temperature
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • Garnish: flaked sea salt
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, yeast, and kosher salt.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat milk, butter, sugar, and honey over medium-low heat until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°C). Add warm milk mixture to flour mixture, and beat at low speed just until combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk, and beat until a smooth and elastic dough forms, about 6 minutes.
  3. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 35 to 45 minutes.
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half (about 490 grams each). Roll one half of dough into a 14-inch circle. (Keep remaining dough covered to prevent it from drying out.) Using a pastry wheel, cut dough into 12 equal triangles. Starting from widest end of triangle, roll up dough, pinching pointed end to seal. Place rolls, pointed side down, on prepared pans. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 35 to 45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  7. Brush rolls with melted butter.
  8. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 11 minutes. Brush with melted butter again, and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.


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