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Homemade Crescent Rolls (No Knead Recipe)

These Crescent Rolls are simple enough to make any weekday but fancy enough for any holiday. They are the easiest recipe and require ZERO KNEADING! It's a perfect, buttery roll that tastes simply amazing!
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword crescent roll recipe, crescent rolls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 2 minutes
Servings 16 rolls
Calories 185kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


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 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour give or take 1/4 cup
  • + 3 extra tablespoons butter melted


  • 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'' x 8'' rectangle. Brush with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
    dough cut into triangles
  • Cut into 6-8 triangles, depending how large you'd like your rolls. (Mine had 2-2 1/2 inch bases.) 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. Optional step: brush with egg wash to brown tops.
    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


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg