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Homemade Crescent Rolls (No-Knead Recipe)

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These no-knead homemade crescent rolls are delicious by themselves and when you add the cinnamon orange butter, they are simply amazing!

I made the laziest version of Crescent Rolls known to man and filled them chock full of everything I live workout for. {Namely: butter.} These babies require 1 bowl, a wooden spoon, and absolutely zero elbow grease. That’s right. No kneading required. Perfect for all you bread making virgins. Or all you burnt out stay at home moms. Not that I’m burnt out or anything. That would be preposterous.

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How to Make Homemade Crescent Rolls

This is a super easy crescent roll recipe that requires no kneading. Simply mix up the dough, let rise, roll out, rise again then bake! While baking you can prepare an optional but highly recommended orange butter. DROOL. For full recipe details check the recipe card down below.

  1. In a measuring cup, stir some warm water, honey, and yeast together. Basically, you want all that yeast submerged so it can start makin’ its delicious bubbles.
  2. So while you’re waiting for the yeast to proof, melt some butter. Once you have that hot melty butter, pour in some cold milk to make it a lukewarm mixture–perfect for the yeast. By this time, your yeast should be foaming beautifully! So at this point, we can transfer the yeast mixture and the milk/butter mixture into a big ol’ bowl. Crack in an egg, pour in some sugar, and sprinkle in some salt.
  3. Once that is all incorporated, start adding your flour in 1/2 cup increments stirring well after each. You can see the dough slowly coming together at this point but still a little too sticky….so more flour!
  4. AH-HA! DOUGH! This is still sticky but has enough flour in it to hold a decent shape and you will notice the sides are starting to look a little cleaner. All good signs.
  5. Ok. The hard part is over! Grease your bowl and your dough, cover with plastic wrap and/or a dishtowel and set it aside for an hour or so. You want it to double in size.
  6. Once risen, punch this sucker down and cut into two. Working with one of the halves at a time, flour a board and the dough ball. Roll it out into a large circle. Make sure you keep moving the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick!! Your crescents won’t look much like crescents if you have to use a spatula to remove them off your board. Yikes. Then brush the entire circle with lots of butter.
  7. Cut into even triangular pieces. {A pizza cutter works great for this!} Starting at the larger end, roll each piece into a crescent. Place them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and brush with more butter! Yes. You heard me. MORE BUTTER.
  8. You’ll want to cover the pan lightly with some plastic wrap and let these babies rise until they look like little pillows of love.
  9. Bake until golden brown. Once the crescent rolls come out of the oven, feel free to butter them up AGAIN. And then crack them open and slather some more inside.

Orange Butter

Orange Butter

While the crescent rolls are baking, make some of this killer butter! Only 4 ingredients go into this…incredible how tasty it is!

  1. Drizzle some honey into a bowl with some butter. Add in some cinnamon and grate in some orange zest. YUM!
  2. Stir this all together and voila! The best thing ever since sliced bread! Well, ok. Not really. But you get the idea. {And this just so happens to taste amazing on sliced bread.}


Any leftover crescent rolls can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days OR in the fridge for up to two weeks! Be sure to store in an airtight container to preserve freshness.

Buttering a crescent roll

Freezing Crescent Rolls

These Crescent Rolls can be made ahead of time by freezing either baked or unbaked! Here’s how to do it:


Follow the directions all the way through and let your rolls cool completely. Once cooled, transfer to a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight and then gently warm in the oven until heated through.


Once rolls are formed and right before the second rise stop! Place your baking sheet into the freezer for about an hour to freeze the crescent rolls. Once frozen transfer to a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 6 months. When ready to bake, thaw and let rise on a baking pan at room temperature. Once risen, bake as normal.

Homemade Crescent Rolls

Crescent Roll Recipes to Try!

You need these crescent rolls in your life. With the butter too. They’re lovely sweet little pillows of warm carby heaven that will make your love handles sing. Mine sure did after having 7. Yes, that figure is accurate.  SEVEN.

The printable recipe card is below! Enjoy and happy baking ๐Ÿ™‚

5 from 12 votes

Homemade Crescent Rolls (No Knead Recipe)

These no-knead homemade crescent rolls are delicious by themselves and when you add the cinnamon orange butter, they are simply amazing!
servings 16 rolls
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 2 mins


for the crescent rolls:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons quick rise yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour give or take 1/4 cup
  • + 3 extra tablespoons butter melted

for the butter:

  • 1/4 cup salted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  • In a liquid measuring cup, stir warm water, yeast, and honey together. Set aside to proof.
    proofing yeast in a measuring cup
  • Melt butter in a small bowl and stir in cold milk to make the mixture lukewarm. Pour foamy yeast and water mixture into a large bowl with milk, butter, egg sugar, and salt.
    wet ingredients in a bowl
  • Stir together to break apart the egg. Using a wooden spoon, stir flour into mixture in 1/2 cup increments.
    adding flour to dough mixture in a bowl
  • After it is incorporated, the bottom of the bowl should be pretty clean, and the mixture should be pretty sticky but be able to hold a loose ball shape.
    crescent roll dough in a bowl
  • Grease bowl and dough, cover with plastic wrap and dish towel. Set aside to rise 1-2 hours.
    dough rising in a bowl covered
  • Punch down dough and divide into two equal pieces. Flour a clean work surface and one of the halves. Roll out to be a 12-14 inch circle. Brush with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
    rolled out dough
  • Cut like a pie into 8 or 9 equal triangles. Roll into crescents. Place onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
    rolling dough into crescent shape
  • Repeat with the other half of dough. Brush tops of rolls with remaining tablespoon of melted butter. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and rise 30 minutes or until almost double in size.
    risen crescent rolls on a baking sheet
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until tops have browned. Remove from oven to cool and immediately brush with more butter {if desired}. Serve warm.
    buttering baked crescent rolls
  • For the butter, mix all ingredients together until incorporated. Serve with warm rolls.
    mixed orange butter


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crescent roll recipe, crescent rolls


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  1. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    I LOVE crescents! These look so easy to make, and the cinnamon-orange butter is a great idea. Thanks for sharing this recipe Lauren!

  2. Julie @ Table for Two

    yours looks so perfect — even better than the canned ones! orange butter sounds soo good paired with these rolls!!

  3. Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures}

    These are gorgeous and I love how simple you’ve made them sound! I’ve been nervous to try croissants because I know how involved they can be, but this is inspiring. The butter also sounds ah-mazing! I pinned this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kathryn

    I am so with you on the subject of laundry. There’s only two people in my house – how can we produce such an endless stream of dirty clothes? You definitely need lots of carbs after doing laundry. Especially carbs slathered with some orange cinnamon honey butter.

  5. Mary @ Bake Break

    I’m all about giving into carbs! Orange butter was one of my favorite things as a kid, my mom would only make it around Christmas, and to this day it makes my mouth water just to think about it!

    Thanks for the reminder – I’ll have to make some soon!

  6. Jessica

    I can literally taste these already! I am so in love with the Cinnamon Orange butter idea…you should really bring some to BHF and we can spread it on everything!!

  7. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this post! I’m all about the no knead because I’m a big baby, so I can’t wait to try these out! Yum.

  8. TRACY

    I had so much laundry this weekend…I did it ALL weekend in between everything else I had to do. It’s a never ending battle.

  9. Anna

    Carbs, HOORAY! These look amazingly perfect, like they belong to someone who should hire someone else to do her laundry. Laundry IS the worst.

  10. Baking Serendipity

    Carbs are a total rough day fixer. These look fantastic! And I could get behind cinnamon orange butter majorly. So creative!

  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    I love crescent rolls, these look soft and delicious. Love the butter with it too. Great flavors.

  12. k

    5 stars
    i made these last week and they turned out great! super easy and they were perfect with the stew i made. the orange butter wasn’t so great with the stew, ha ha, but i’ll be making these again…soon! and you know, without the stew so i can love on that orange butter. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Lori Pike

    5 stars
    I made these over the weekend and they were so easy and fantastic! They got rave reviews! Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

  15. Dani

    5 stars
    These are awesome and they work perfect!
    You explained so well, I had no problems whatsoever
    I can smell them right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Amanda

    Could these be used for the cheesed stuff crescent rolls you posted? Asking because you used store bought ones for that recipe but I’d much rather do a from scratch version!

  18. Gisela

    5 stars
    These are my go to rolls! I’ve made this recipe a million times and they always turn out delicious!! I’m sharing this recipe with my girls at church tonight for our Thanksgiving activity.

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  20. Olen

    Hi! Can I use instant dry yeast, in our country fresh yeast is not common. If so what would be the procedure and amount? Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Liz Anderson

    5 stars
    These rolls are dee-vine! They are my go-to for basically everything! They turn out every time and I always get rave reviews (and asked for the recipe) when I make them for others.

  22. Lim Mei Lee

    Dear Lauren,

    I am from Singapore and will be trying out this bread soon. Will this bread turn hard (or chewy) next day?

    Mei Lee

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  24. Donna

    These look Delish!! Was wondering if the dough freezes well? It’s only me and my husband and I’m sure we coukd eat 6 of them but not 12!