Okay, if you haven’t used crescent rolls in your cooking, where on earth have you been? This ingredient is a fabulous shortcut for all kinds of recipes. It’s a great way to make “one-dish” dinners that have your protein and carbohydrate combined. This means fewer dishes to clean, less time to cook, and more time for you to do what you want to be doing!
You can totally make crescent rolls from scratch, but if you don’t have to, why bother? Lucky for us, Pillsbury makes them ready to bake so you don’t have to spend hours slaving in the kitchen. In honor of this fabulous ingredient, here are 5 fast and delicious recipes all featuring the crescent roll!
Crescent Roll Recipe: Breakfast
Okay, so you could totally call this a breakfast pizza if “tart” is too fancy. The great part about this breakfast is that it comes together easily, bakes quickly, and will be consumed in minutes! You can cook this dish on a pizza stone or pyrex casserole dish. Because they are already proportioned, they are great to make for large gatherings or small ones. Enjoy!
Recipe 01: Breakfast Tart
Crescent Roll Breakfast Tart
- 1 tube crescent rolls
- 6 medium eggs
- ½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese
- ½ c. crumbled cooked bacon
- Begin by greasing the baking dish if not using a pizza stone and preheating the oven to 375°. Next, pop open the crescent rolls and unroll them! They should be already proportioned into triangles. You can make your tarts triangle-shaped, or you can press the perforations together to make a rectangle. Then, fold the edges towards the middle to create a ½" lip around the outside and press to seal. When the tart is ready, place on the baking dish.
- Next, crack an egg into the middle of each tart and if desired, sprinkle with bacon, chives, shredded cheddar cheese, or other toppings. Bake the tarts for 20-15 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the eggs are set. Remove the tarts from the oven and top with sprinkles of Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Crescent Roll Recipe 02: Dinner
Crescent Rolls can be a literal savior when it comes to dinner. One of my kids’ favorite dinners is hot dogs in a blanket. The great part about these is that they are incredibly easy to modify so that everyone gets what they want without all the extra dishes and effort. You can even swap out the hot dogs for sausages to make this meal more “man-friendly.” One thing I really suggest is picking up some “Everything Bagel” seasoning. You can grab the good stuff at Trader Joe’s, but you can also buy a yummy version here. Trust me on this, it makes your hot dogs in a blanket irresistible.
Recipe 02: Hot Dogs In A Blanket
Hot Dogs in a Blanket
- 1 can crescent roll dough
- 4 slices cheese of choice
- 4 hot dogs or sausages
- 3 tbsp butter melted
- 1 tbsp "Everything Bagel" seasoning
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- Begin by heating your oven to 350° and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then pop open the crescent rolls and separate into four rectangles by pinching the perforated sides together.
- Place the cheese slices in the center of the dough and place the hot dogs or sausage on top. Then roll the crescent dough towards the middle and place the dogs, seam side down, on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix the butter with the onion powder and a pinch of salt together. Then brush this over the top of your dogs and sprinkle a little of the "everything bagel" seasoning on top. Last, bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the crescent roll is golden brown. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce and enjoy!
Crescent Roll Recipe 03: Dessert
I love crescent rolls paired with dessert. They are buttery, flakey, and fabulous when paired with sugar or chocolate. Not to mention that using crescent rolls knocks out a ton of your prep work. This recipe is one of my favorites because it looks like I spent all day in the kitchen when I didn’t. Plus it’s delicious!
Recipe 03: Apple Dumplings
Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples
- 2 tubes crescent rolls
- 1 c. sugar
- ⅓ c. butter softened
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¾ c. Mountain Dew
- Vanilla Ice Cream for serving
- Begin by heating your oven to 350°F and greasing a 9x13 baking dish. While the oven is heating, peel, core, and cut each apple so that you have 16 wedges. Then pop those crescent rolls and separate out each triangle. Next, wrap each triangle around a slice of apple and set in the baking dish. Alternatively, you can pinch the triangles together to create squares and place 2 apple slices in each square.
- In a small bowl, mix the sugar, butter, and cinnamon until well mixed. Sprinkle this mixture over the dumplings before slowly pouring the soda around the rolls. Don't mix! Finally, bake the dumplings for 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crescents are golden brown. Serve them warm with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!
Crescent Roll Recipe 04: Appetizer
When it comes to appetizers, crescent rolls rule the roost. They are light enough that they won’t ruin dinner but filling enough that they can keep the hangries at bay. This recipe is one of my favorites! I love the creaminess of the feta with the saltiness of the spinach. It’s a win all around. Once you’ve made your appetizers, why not show them off on a beautiful platter like this one?
Recipe 04: Spinach And Feta Pinwheels
Spinach and Feta Crescent Roll Pinwheels
- 1 can crescent roll
- 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ c. frozen spinach thawed
- ⅓ c. feta cheese
- 1 egg beaten
- Begin by heating the oven to 350°F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. While the oven is heating up, thaw the spinach and squeeze any excess water out. Next, pop the crescent rolls open and unroll the dough on a piece of parchment paper. Pinch the perforated edges together so that it's sealed, then roll the dough out on a piece of parchment paper until you have a rectangular shape.
- Next, in a small bowl mix together the feta, spinach, onion powder, and salt. Then use a spatula to spread this mixture over the dough before rolling the dough up and cutting it into 9 even pieces. Place the pinwheels on the lined baking sheet and reshape if necessary. Before baking, brush the beaten egg over the top of each pinwheel. Then bake for about 20 minutes or until the dough is golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!
Crescent Roll Recipe 05: Pizza
I’m a really big fan of homemade pizza. I usually make my own dough a few times a month and freeze it just for that purpose. There have been times when I’ve miscalculated, and we’ve run out of the frozen dough. This is where having a can or two of crescent dough can save your bacon! Crescent roll dough makes for tasty pizza!
Recipe 05: Crescent Roll Pizza
Crescent Roll Pizza
- 1 can crescent roll dough
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ c. pizza sauce
- 1 ¼ c. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 20 pieces pepperoni
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- Start by heating your oven to 350° and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then decide whether you're making one large pizza or 4 individual pizzas. Pop the crescent dough open and unroll, then pinch the seams together to create your desired size of pizza. Next, mix the melted butter with the garlic powder and brush over the top of the dough. Then spoon a portion of sauce over the middle of the dough, leaving ½" border around the outside.
- Before baking, top the pizzas with your desired toppings: mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, olives, basil, whatever your heart desires. Then bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on size) until the crust is golden brown and crispy. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute or two before serving. Enjoy!