22 Sweet and Savory Crescent Roll Recipes From Basic to Gourmet

Cheesy Party Roll-Ups, made with crescent rolls

A can of crescent roll dough is a blank canvas for all kinds of tasty creations that include delicious appetizers, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. Crescent rolls can be stuffed, wrapped, basted and braided, making them a seriously perfect base for so many dishes. Crescent roll dough bakes beautifully in multi, flaky, buttery layers, and they’re famous for making popular party food, like my favorite pigs in a blanket.

When the busy schedule of the holidays is here, or if you have to host a small get-together and have little-to-no time to put into the preparation of an appetizer or meal, using pre-made crescent roll dough makes holiday prep a cinch and less stressful. This wonderful American staple is a major convenience that can be flavored, filled or used as a crust in both sweet and savory preparations. Crescent roll dough can even take the place of the more expensive puff pastry in many recipes.

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What is Crescent Roll Dough?

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are thin bits of soft yeast dough rolled into a crescent shape. The crescent roll recipes are limitless when using this versatile dough.

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What’s the Difference Between Crescent Rolls and Puff Pastry?

They're made using very similar ingredients and techniques, but crescent rolls are a bit different from puff pastry, which doesn't have yeast as an ingredient.

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Crescent rolls are so much easier to make than croissants and they require much less baking time too.

Best Crescent Roll Recipes

The following 30 best crescent roll recipes show how easy crescent rolls are to transform. You'll find appetizer, breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert ideas, such as mouthwatering Cinnamon Roll Crescents, popular Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups, easy-to-make Crack Roll-Up Chicken Crescents, delicious Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars, Spooky Mummy Hot Dogs for Halloween and so much more! You'll even learn how to make a Crescent Roll Ring-Shaped Wreath.

<p>Mark Boughton</p><p>Make this brunch favorite so easily with the help of canned crescent roll dough.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/913724/parade/use-the-can-of-crescent-roll-dough-in-your-fridge-to-make-the-best-breakfast-pizza/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Easy Crescent Roll Breakfast Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Easy Crescent Roll Breakfast Pizza</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://parade.com/1331323/kristamarshall/breakfast-pizza/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:25 Best Breakfast Pizza Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">25 Best Breakfast Pizza Recipes</a></strong></p>
<p>Mark Boughton</p><p>Nobody will every guess this elegant appetizer starts with a can of crescent rolls.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/841935/rosemaryblack/blue-cheese-walnut-flatbread/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Blue Cheese Walnut Flatbread;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Blue Cheese Walnut Flatbread</a></strong></p>
<p>Mark Boughton</p><p>A favorite appetizer made with just six ingredients.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/940630/parade/ham-jam-pinwheels-are-the-ideal-holiday-crescent-roll-appetizer-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ham & Jam Pastry Pinwheels;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Ham & Jam Pastry Pinwheels</a></strong></p>
<p>Cincy Shopper</p><p>If you are feeding a crowd breakfast or even dessert, this Danish-type ring is going to work perfectly. Since this ring uses store-bought crescent dough, it can be whipped up in no time at all.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://cincyshopper.com/cherry-cream-cheese-crescent-ring/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring</a></strong></p>
<p>Delish</p><p>The perfect use of leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/1296088/parade/thanksgiving-leftovers-ring/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Thanksgiving Leftovers Ring;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Thanksgiving Leftovers Ring</a></strong></p>
<p>Clare Barboza/Bonnie Matthews</p><p>This might just be better than Taco Bell's version.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/1046842/parade/mexican-pizza/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mexican Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Mexican Pizza</a></strong></p>

Clare Barboza/Bonnie Matthews

This might just be better than Taco Bell's version.

Get the recipe: Mexican Pizza

<p>Shelia Lukins</p><p>Bake a batch of this childhood favorite in about 15 minutes, and serve with a variety of dipping sauces.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/29977/sheilalukins/pigs-in-a-blanket/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crescent Roll Pigs in Blankets;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crescent Roll Pigs in Blankets</a></strong></p>
<p>MARK BOUGHOTON PHOTOGRAPHY / STYLING BY TERESA BLACKBURN</p><p>Make this party-friendly snack with ham and cheese, turkey and provolone or roast beef and swiss.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/959337/parade/classic-cheesy-party-roll-ups/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cheesy Party Roll-Ups;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Cheesy Party Roll-Ups</a></strong></p>
<p>Pam Beth</p><p>This quick app only has four ingredients and is perfect for a party, game day or after-school snack.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/987299/pambeth/easy-4-ingredient-pizza-roll-bites-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pizza Roll Bites;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Pizza Roll Bites</a></strong></p>
<p>The Country Cook</p><p>This fun dish is perfect for a party or a simple weeknight supper.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.thecountrycook.net/taco-crescent-ring/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Taco Crescent Ring;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Taco Crescent Ring</a></strong></p>

The Country Cook

This fun dish is perfect for a party or a simple weeknight supper.

Get the recipe: Taco Crescent Ring

<p>Sprinkle Some Sugar</p><p>Make-shift cinnamon rolls made the easy way and you will not believe how amazing these are!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.sprinklesomesugar.com/cinnamon-roll-crescents/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cinnamon Roll Crescents;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Cinnamon Roll Crescents</a></strong></p>
<p>Plain Chicken</p><p>Chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch dressing wrapped in crescent rolls and topped with milk and cream of chicken soup. Use rotisserie chicken and pre-cooked bacon for quick prep! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.plainchicken.com/2019/09/crack-chicken-roll-ups.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=845984282_35891814_21192" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crack Chicken Roll-Ups;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crack Chicken Roll-Ups</a></strong></p>
<p>The Country Cook</p><p>Kids love to help make these come Halloween. Perfect for a quick snack or spooky party buffet.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.thecountrycook.net/halloween-mummy-dogs/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mummy Hot Dogs;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Mummy Hot Dogs</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/40-easy-hot-dog-recipes-152823843.html" data-ylk="slk:40 Best Hot Dog Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">40 Best Hot Dog Recipes</a></strong></p>
<p>Plain Chicken</p><p>Corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing are wrapped in crescent rolls and baked.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.plainchicken.com/reuben-crescents/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reuben Crescents;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Reuben Crescents</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://parade.com/999747/felicialim/best-reuben-sandwich-recipes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:21 Best Reuben Sandwich Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">21 Best Reuben Sandwich Recipes</a></strong></p>
<p>High Heels and Grills</p><p>These Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups make for the best appetizer or dinner recipe! They are a crowd-pleaser every time I make them. Made with crescent dough, smoked ham, Swiss cheese and a sweet mustard glaze.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.highheelsandgrills.com/baked-ham-and-cheese-rollups/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/12-time-best-baked-ham-165104504.html" data-ylk="slk:The 12 All-time Best Baked Ham Recipes for Christmas;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">The 12 All-time Best Baked Ham Recipes for Christmas</a></strong></p>
<p>Lemon Tree Dwelling</p><p>S'mores Crescent Rolls stuffed with chocolate chips, marshmallows, graham crackers and Nutella and topped with Nutella drizzle. Our favorite new way to enjoy s'mores!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/smores-crescent-rolls/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:S'mores Crescent Rolls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">S'mores Crescent Rolls</a></strong></p>
<p>Lemon Tree Dwelling</p><p>Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls are bursting with delicious lemon flavor! These flaky crescent rolls are filled with creamy lemon cheesecake and topped with a sweet citrus glaze. The perfect brunch recipe!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/lemon-cheesecake-crescent-rolls/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls</a></strong></p>
<p>Plain Chicken</p><p>You bake the crust for a few minutes, add the meat, bake, add the cheese layer and bake some more.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.plainchicken.com/crescent-lasagna-pie/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crescent Lasagna Pie;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crescent Lasagna Pie</a></strong></p>
<p>Plain Chicken</p><p>Taco Meat, rotel and velveeta baked in crescent rolls—a super quick and easy Mexican recipe with only five ingredients! Top with your favorite taco toppings.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.plainchicken.com/crescent-taco-bake/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crescent Taco Bake Recipe;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crescent Taco Bake Recipe</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://parade.com/1354056/parade/taco-recipes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:65 Best Taco Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">65 Best Taco Recipes</a></strong></p>
<p>The Food Charlatan</p><p>Stuff a buttery crescent roll with banana and a schmear of Nutella, roll it in cinnamon sugar, and bake. This is the easiest recipe for happiness, in 10 minutes flat. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thefoodcharlatan.com/nutella-and-banana-stuffed-crescent-rolls-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nutella and Banana Stuffed Crescent Rolls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Nutella and Banana Stuffed Crescent Rolls</a></strong></p>
<p>The Food Charlatan</p><p>This is such an easy three-ingredient snack, back-to-school lunch or game-day appetizer! It’s a slab of cream cheese and some pepperoni rolled up in a crescent and baked.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thefoodcharlatan.com/pepperoni-cream-cheese-crescent-rolls-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pepperoni Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Pepperoni Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls</a></strong></p>
<p>Plowing Through Life</p><p>The cinnamon-sugar topping on Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars reminds me of an elephant ear or churros. This dessert bar recipe is much easier to make at home with crescent roll dough and has a layer of cream cheese for extra goodness!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://plowingthroughlife.com/cinnamon-cream-cheese-bars/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars</a></strong></p>
<p>Plain Chicken</p><p>The BEST breakfast casserole in the world. Crescent rolls stuffed with sausage and cream cheese, topped with an egg mixture and baked to a delicious, golden brown.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.plainchicken.com/sausage-cream-cheese-crescent-breakfast/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescent Breakfast Casserole;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescent Breakfast Casserole</a></strong></p>
<p>The Country Cook</p><p>A great short-cut recipe for a sweet treat in the morning. Try adding strawberry or raspberry jam for even more flavor.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.thecountrycook.net/crescent-roll-cheese-danishes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crescent Roll Cheese Danish;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crescent Roll Cheese Danish</a></strong></p>
<p>Plain Chicken</p><p>A simple dessert loaded with chocolate and nuts that can be ready in about 20 minutes.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.plainchicken.com/magic-crescent-bars/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Magic Crescent Bars;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Magic Crescent Bars</a></strong></p>
<p>Lemon Tree Dwelling</p><p>These Blueberry Cheesecake Crescent Rolls are stuffed with a sweet cheesecake filling and bursting with fresh blueberries. Add a buttery streusel topping for an extra special breakfast treat!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/blueberry-cheesecake-crescent-rolls/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Blueberry Cheesecake Crescent Rolls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Blueberry Cheesecake Crescent Rolls</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://parade.com/1041485/kristamarshall/best-blueberry-season-recipes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:50 Best Blueberry Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">50 Best Blueberry Recipes</a></strong></p>
<p>Plain Chicken</p><p>They are easy enough to make for a quick lunch or dinner.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.plainchicken.com/philly-cheesesteak-crescents/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Philly Cheesesteak Style Crescents;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Philly Cheesesteak Style Crescents</a></strong></p>
<p>Lemon Tree Dwelling</p><p>These Caprese Crescent Rolls come together in a snap and make a delicious summer appetizer that's packed with flavor!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/caprese-crescent-rolls/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Caprese Crescent Rolls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Caprese Crescent Rolls</a></strong></p>
<p>Cincy Shopper</p><p>Use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and fill with apple pie filling to make these muffin-sized delicious pies.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://cincyshopper.com/apple-pie-bites/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Apple Pie Bites;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Apple Pie Bites</a></strong></p>
<p>Moore or Less Cooking</p><p>Perfectly spiced, pillowy bites of buttery layers, these eggnog cinnamon rolls are just begging to be enjoyed. A wonderful addition to any breakfast, brunch or dessert for the holiday or anytime.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://mooreorlesscooking.com/eggnog-cinnamon-rolls/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls</a></strong></p>

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