Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls

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Easy bread machine crescent dinner rolls are the perfect way to use your bread maker's Dough program. These dinner rolls are so easy to portion out the dough, roll, and form the yummy crescent shapes.

A bread basket is lined with a napkin and filled with golden crescent dinner rolls from the bread machine.

The holiday season is here, raise your hand if crescent dinner rolls are an absolute staple! ME!

As much as I love the canned crescent roll dough, I was shocked to learn just how easy (and healthier!) it is to make homemade crescent rolls using my bread machine.

The simple butter dough is mixed, kneaded, and rises all in the bread maker. You simply turn the finished dough out onto a baking pan, divide and roll the buns, and bake.

You could even use this from scratch crescent rolls recipe to make other family favorites like our bacon chicken ranch roll-ups or savory sausage rolls.

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Why This is the Best Recipe

I love each of these delicious bread machine recipes but I think this is the best bread machine crescent dinner roll recipe because:

  1. Buttery and Delicious: The buttery dough is just everything you want in a dinner roll.
  2. Easy to Prep: Just dump the ingredients in and let the bread maker work!
  3. Easy to Form: With my simple tricks, you'll have the formed crescents in no time.
  4. Make Ahead: You could freeze the dough or rolls for later which makes holiday baking even easier.

Ingredients

Compared to the unpronounceable things hiding inside those refrigerator canisters of dough, look at how wholesome and easy the ingredients are for these homemade dinner rolls:

The ingredients to make crescent dinner rolls in a bread maker are on the counter.
  • Bread Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter, softened
  • Sour Cream
  • Eggs
  • Yeast
  • Salt

That's it! You probably have most of it hiding in your pantry and fridge right now.

How to Make Dough in a Bread Maker

Using a bread machine to make dough is one of my very favorite things about this handy kitchen appliance.

Just like all other bread machine recipes, you start by adding all the liquid ingredients first.

The wet ingredients are added to the bread machine baking pan.

First, be sure the paddle attachment is in place.

Place the water, butter, eggs, and sour cream into the bread machine pan.

NOTE: You absolutely need the butter to be softened. Cut it into smaller pieces before adding it to the bread pan. That tiny paddle will struggle to blend it in otherwise.

Then, add all the dry ingredients right on top.

The dry ingredients are added to the bread machine baking pan

Add the flour, brown sugar, salt, and yeast to the bread pan.

NOTE: Add the sugar and salt around the perimeter of the pan. Use a spoon to dig a small well in the center of the flour and place the yeast there as featured in the photo above.

Place the bread pan back inside your bread maker and select the DOUGH program. Press Start.

Most machines will take about 90 minutes to complete the program.

The dinner roll dough has risen in the bread machine.

How to Form the Crescent Rolls

Once the dough has perfectly risen in your machine, it is time to form the dinner rolls.

Turn the dough out onto a baking mat lightly sprinkled with flour. Remove the paddle at this point.

The dough has been turned out onto a baking mat. A pastry scraper sits next to it.

Divide the dough into two equal portions. Working one portion at a time to form the rolls.

  1. Roll one portion out to a 10 - 12-inch circle.
  2. Use a pizza wheel to cut it into 8 equal pie-shaped pieces.
  3. Roll each pie wedge up from the widest edge towards the point to form the crescent.
  4. Place each crescent, point side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step by step photos show how to divide the dough and roll a crescent dinner roll.

Cover the pans with plastic wrap and let the dinner rolls rise for 20 - 30 minutes.

Bake the Dinner Rolls

Preheat the oven to 375°F and bake the rolls for 15 - 17 minutes or until golden brown.

A baking pan is lined with baked crescent rolls.

Make Ahead & Storage Tips

These dinner rolls are best the day they are baked. If you want to make them ahead of a special dinner, you could bake them and store in an airtight container overnight.

Reheat them for 2 - 3 minutes at 350°F to restore texture and warm them through.

The baked dinner rolls could also be frozen once they have completely cooled. Thaw them in the fridge overnight and reheat them before serving.

More Holiday Bread Recipes

Looking for more delicious bread recipes to serve this holiday season? Here are some of my family's favorites:

More Ways to Use Crescent Dough

Once you know how to make homemade crescent dough, you could turn it into so many different recipes beyond just dinner rolls!

Roll it out to make sweet and savory Monte Cristo sandwich pinwheels or my favorite sausage crescent roll swirls.

You could also line a large baking sheet and bake it into a crust for my favorite crescent roll veggie pizza.

More Bread Machine Recipes

Looking for more delicious bread machine recipes? You can find all my favorites here:

📖 Recipe

A bread basket is lined with a napkin and filled with golden crescent dinner rolls from the bread machine.

Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls

5 from 57 votes
Easy homemade bread machine crescent rolls are perfect for a delicious holiday bread. Serve them at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas warm from the oven. Can be made ahead and frozen for an even easier serving.
TOTAL TIME 2 hours 23 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
RISING TIME 2 hours
COOK TIME 18 minutes
YIELD 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 1/3 cup bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to your bread machine's baking pan, fitted with the paddle attachment, in the order they are listed from water through yeast. The wet ingredients are place on bottom and the dry ingredients directly on top.
  • Select the DOUGH program and press Start.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • When the bread machine has completed the program, turn the dough out on a lightly floured baking mat and remove the paddle. Divide the dough into two portions.
  • Roll one portion out to a 10-inch circle. Use a pizza wheel or knife to cut it into 8 pie wedges. Roll each pie wedge from the widest part towards the point to form a rolled crescent. Place each dinner roll on a prepared baking pan, point side down.
  • Repeat with second half of the original dough.
  • Cover the baking pans with plastic wrap an allow the dough to rise for 20 - 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Uncover the pans and bake the rolls for 15 - 18 minutes or until they are light golden brown on top.

Recipe Notes

These dinner rolls are best served the day they are baked but will keep in an airtight container overnight. Reheat the rolls at 350°F for 2 - 3 minutes before serving to restore some texture.
Baked rolls could also be frozen. Reheat them before serving.
COURSEBread Machine
CUISINEAmerican

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Crescent rolls on top with the crescent roll dough in the bread machine on bottom.

6 Comments

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Yes, you could still make this recipe without a bread machine, but you'll need to use a stand mixer with a kneading hook.

    1. Hi Liz, You can use regular all-purpose flour if you can't find bread flour. The texture might be a little different (a little less chewy) but the buns will still taste great.

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