Did you stock up during that BOGO crescent rolls sale? Well, lucky you! We've got ten delicious and easy crescent roll ideas to share!

crescent roll taco ring bake, from Shelf Cooking

You could slather a little butter and some of our strawberry freezer jam on a big batch of crescent rolls and call it a day. But something tells us you're looking to get a little more creative!

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From breakfast to dinner and even desserts, there's so much you can do with a can of crescent rolls! Keep on reading for our top ten favorite ideas, and pick up a few tips and tricks along the way. Ready to do this?!


homemade strawberry pop-tarts, from Shelf Cooking

Tired of the same old breakfast dishes? Well, let's spice things up, you guys! These breakfast recipes are some of our favorite crescent roll ideas:

  • Pop-Tarts – Say what?! Yes, you can make your own pop-tarts! We think they're way better than the ones you buy. Check out this Strawberry Pop-Tart recipe from Tablespoon! You can sub in crescent rolls for the pie crust.
  • Sausage Pinwheels – Grab some cheese and sausage, and let's do this! These sausage pinwheels are full of flavor and ridiculously easy. First, preheat your oven to 375°F, Next, unroll your crescent roll dough and lay it flat on a floured surface. Be sure to press together any seams. Make a rectangle with the dough, then spread cooked sausage evenly to within about 1/2 inch of the edges. Add shredded cheese, then roll and slice into 8-10 portions. Bake for around 15 minutes and enjoy them while they're warm!
  • Crescent Roll Egg Cups – Have you tried our easy egg muffin cups? Here's a little twist on that recipe! Flatten your crescent roll dough into one big portion, making sure to flatten any seams, then cut into twelve pieces. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, then press the dough in each cup. Fill each cup two-thirds full with the egg mixture of your choice, then bake at 350°F for around 15 minutes.

Yum, right?! Oh, we're just getting started. Let's talk about dinner next. We're on a roll, you guys!


chicken pot pie casserole with crescent roll crust, from Shelf Cooking

You can serve crescent rolls on the side of just about any dinner, or you can make them the star of the show with one of these ideas:

  • Chicken Pot Pie Casserole – If you have shredded chicken in the freezer or leftover rotisserie chicken to use, this recipe is easy-peasy! Combine half a cup of mayonnaise, 3/4 cup of milk, and 2 tbsp of flour, then heat over medium heat, stirring often. Add in some mixed veggies, bring to a boil, mix in shredded or cubed chicken, and place everything in a greased casserole dish. Top with one can of unbaked crescent rolls as the crust, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.
  • Pizza – Here's a super simple hack! If you want to make homemade pizza, you can use crescent rolls as your crust! Just roll it flat on a baking sheet, then you know what to do.
  • Taco Rings – You already know we're always down to celebrate Taco Tuesday, and this is just a fun twist! You've seen the infamous taco rings on Instagram, right? Well, it turns out they're super easy to make. Grab a batch of ground beef from the freezer, and then try this taco ring recipe from Pillsbury.
  • Pigs in a Blanket – Grab a pack of hotdogs and some cheese, and you'll have the easiest dinner of all time on the table in just minutes! Roll a hotdog in some crescent roll dough and bake at 350° for around 10 minutes. Top with cheese and serve with some of our famous slow cooker chili. Yum!

Now you've got four new dinner ideas that are guaranteed to please even the pickiest eaters! Ready for the next course? Let's talk desserts!


homemade crescent roll donut holes, from Shelf Cooking

Crescent rolls for dessert? Sure! Why not? We bet you'll love these sweet crescent roll ideas:

  • Air Fryer Donut Holes – Just cut your crescent rolls and roll them into about eight balls. Dip those balls in some cinnamon and brown sugar, then cook in an air fryer at 380°F for about 5 minutes. Dip in more sugar or cinnamon, or serve with chocolate sauce and enjoy!
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pizza – You remember the dessert pizza you used to live for on that buffet? Well, now you can make it at home! Just roll your crescent rolls flat on a baking sheet, brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake at 400°F for about 15 minutes, remove from oven and add vanilla frosting.
  • Easy Apple Dumplings – These taste almost as good as grandma's apple pie, but they're a heck of a lot easier to make! Slice two apples, then cut your crescent roll into triangles. Fill each triangle with apples, then fold over, and place in a glass baking dish. Mix a stick of butter, cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract and stir over medium heat. Pour the mixture over your dumplings, then pour one can of lemon-lime soda around the edges. Bake at 350°F for around 30 minutes.

Pro Tip: Those apple dumplings are incredible with a scoop of ice cream! Try our homemade vanilla ice cream recipe and see what you think.


And there you have it! Ten of the easiest and most delicious recipes you'll ever try. All you need is a can or two of crescent rolls.

Now that you know how we like to use up extra crescent rolls, we'd love to hear about your favorite crescent roll ideas! Please drop us a note in the comments, or head over to our Shelf Cooking Facebook group.

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