A classic dinner roll recipe is something everyone should have up their sleeve. Whether it’s to accompany a weeknight meal or a holiday spread, you just can’t beat homemade. These white crescent rolls are light and tender, and not all that difficult to make.

If you’re nervous about working with yeast, hopefully these step-by-step photos and instructions will put you at ease.

How To Make Homemade Crescent Rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 12 rolls

Serving Size: 1 roll

How To Make Homemade Crescent Rolls


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active-dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs


  1. In small saucepan set over medium low heat, warm butter, honey and milk until butter is melted and mixture begins to steam. Do not boil. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes, or until temperature is between 120-130°F.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook, combine 1 1/2 cups flour with yeast and salt. Add milk mixture and mix until combined. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each. With mixer on low, add remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until dough clears the side of bowl but is still slightly sticky to the touch. You may not need all 3 1/2 cups of flour.
  3. Continue to knead dough in mixer until it is smooth and elastic, about 5-8 minutes. Place dough in buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Gently punch down dough and knead a few times. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  5. On clean surface, roll dough out into 12-inch circle. Using pizza slicer, cut dough into 12 equal pieces. Working with each piece individually, roll dough up starting with fat end. Place roll on sheet pan lined with parchment paper so skinny point is on bottom. Cover with plastic wrap and rise again for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Bake rolls until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately brush with butter, if desired. The rolls are best the day they are made but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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