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5 Crazy-Good Crescent Hacks

Crescent Rolls
With a fold here and a twist there, create a whole new way to serve crescent rolls this year.

1. Swirled Crescent Bun

Swirled Crescent Buns

Slice Crescent Triangle

Make four long, parallel cuts into your crescent dough from the small point to the widest end, leaving about half an inch of connecting dough at the point of the triangle.

Slice crescent dough into 4 triangles

Roll Up Crescent

Start at the top crescent point and roll at an angle alongside the longest edge. You’re creating a tassel-like shape.

Roll up each slice

Twist Into a Bun

Circle the dough into a swirl, tucking the fat end underneath. Bake for about 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 375°F.

Circle the dough into a swirl

2. Easy Crescent Stars

Crescent Stars

Divide Dough

Start with a Crescent Dough Sheet and cut into six even squares.

Cut crescent dough sheet into 6 squares

Cut an “X”

Starting at each point, cut toward the center of the dough, leaving a good inch between the cut from the opposite point. (Think of it as an “x” without the cuts touching each other.)

Cut each corner of the squares

Turn in the Corners

Fold every other point into the center to create a pinwheel. Press corners firmly down before baking – 9 to 12 minutes at 375°F should do it.

Fold in the corners

3. Mini Crescent Swirls

Mini Crescent Swirls

Slice Crescent Triangle

Cut each crescent into three tall triangles of relatively equal size.

Cut each crescent into 3 triangles

Roll and Shape Dough

Roll each triangle into a long rope, then shape into an “s” by twisting the top clockwise and the bottom counter-clockwise. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 375°F.

Roll each triangle into a rope, shape rope like an S

4. Wheat Stalk Bread (or Pan d’Epi)

Crescent Wheat Stalk

Stretch and Slice Dough

Keep the crescent dough unwrapped, then slightly stretch the loaf of dough. Use kitchen scissors to make staggered cuts on both sides of the dough.

Stretch and slice crescent dough

Pull Apart “Stalks”

Pull apart the cut pieces of dough and bake 14 to 16 minutes in a 375°F oven.

Pull apart crescent dough at spot where you cut

5. Crescent Rosettes

Crescent Rosettes

Slice Crescent Triangle

Cut each crescent into three tall triangles of relatively equal size.

Slice crescents into to triangles

Roll Crescent Dough

Starting at the small end, roll toward the bottom—creating a rose-shaped bun. Bake about 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 375°F.

Starting at the small end, roll toward the bottom—creating a rose-shaped bun

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