Homemade Crescent Rolls, a Thanksgiving Tradition

Sarah Nasello

Sarah’s Bio

These Homemade Crescent Rolls have been part of my family’s Thanksgiving tradition for as long as I can remember. My mother was looking for a special roll recipe that would be simple enough to make with kids, and found it in a recipe for “Rich Hot Rolls” from a Farm Journal cookbook called “Homemade Bread.”

These rolls are surprisingly easy to make, even for a novice baker. With just eight basic ingredients, the only challenge in making them is in finding the time to do it. The dough is versatile enough to form into any shape you like, and I’ve included directions for making the crescent shape. The rolls freeze beautifully, either baked or unbaked, so you can make them well in advance of the holiday and bake them just before serving.

The rolls are delicious just as they are, but you can also add herbs, spices and other seasonings to build even more flavor.  There’s even a variation for cinnamon rolls (a family favorite).

Making bread is a great way to engage with kids in the kitchen, and there are now three generations in my family who have made these rolls together. Between kneading, cutting, rolling and brushing the dough, there are plenty of jobs just perfect for kids, even those as young as three or four.

Rich, buttery and delicious, it just wouldn’t feel like Thanksgiving without these Homemade Crescent Rolls.

Get the recipe: Homemade Crescent Rolls

Featured crops in this recipe:

  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Sugar

More fall recipes you might enjoy:

Rosemary Smashed Buxton Potatoes
Carrot Ginger Soup
Barley Sweet Potato Salad
Sicilian Pork Tenderloin with Savory Peppers
Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cookies


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