15+ Fantastic Recipes For Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Pillsbury crescent dough really presents you with a word of possibilities.

With this little can of dough you have stored away in the refrigerator, you can make a whole host of different savory and sweet dishes, ranging from breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. 

15 + Fantastic Recipes For Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

If you want some fun and innovative recipes for using up your crescent dough, then look no further, because we’ve got you covered, simply keep reading below as we take a look at some delicious recipes involving Pillsbury crescent dough. 

1. Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

Who said that we can’t start off our list with a dessert? Especially one as delicious as this recipe. Can we think of a better sweet combination than cheesecake and pie?

Both of our favorite desserts combined into one delicious concoction.

It has a delicious creamy cinnamon taste that is truly tantalizing. The best thing about this recipe? It only uses seven ingredients, so it’s super easy to make too. 

2. Chicken And Broccoli Braid

We can guarantee that if you decide to whip up this delicious recipe for your family’s weeknight dinner, they’re sure to be impressed.

The braided lattice effect demonstrated in this recipe is actually far easier than it appears, but gives the impression that you’ve put a lot of effort into making it. 

It has lots of baked veggies, gooey melted cheese, and crispy almond flakes to devour. This would also make a great centerpiece for a dinner party. Simply cut into it and share whilst sitting at the dinner table. 

3. Easy Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch

This recipe shows you how to make the very best cinnamon rolls out there. These can be enjoyed in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee, or as a lunchtime treat. It’s totally up to you. 

This recipe makes incredibly moist yet flaky cinnamon rolls that are packed with flavor, because let’s face it, you can’t beat homemade pastries. 

4. Country Apple Dumplings

These apple dumplings are truly an indulgent dessert item. Perfect for Fall, they have an ooey gooey spiced sauce that perfectly complements the pastry.

 If you want to know the secret ingredient that makes this dish so darn delicious, you might be surprised to find out that it’s actually mountain dew (see also ‘The Best Mountain Dew Cocktail Recipes‘)! Trust us, it works. 

5. Antipasto Squares

If you’re on the lookout for a recipe that you could use as an appetizer, these antipasto squares would make a great addition to any dinner party. Filled with tangy cheese, and savory deli meats, they taste absolutely superb. 

To serve these delicious little morsels of goodness, simply put a stick through them and it will help to hold the pastry and the filling together. 

6. Cherry Cream Cheese Dump Cake 

Cherry is definitely an underrated fruit in dessert, it’s incredibly sweet and tangy, and flavors any sweet treat beautifully. This cream cheese dump cake is to die for, and it’s super easy too. 

All you need is your crescent roll pastry, store bought cake mix, and canned cherry pie filling. Whip it up on a weeknight as a tasty dessert for you and your family. 

7. Easy Cream Cheese Danish

It feels as though we never go to the effort of making our own danish pastries, even though we love to buy them in coffee shops and pastry stores. Perhaps it’s because we think it’s not worth the hassle?

Well, this recipe will prove you wrong. 

Not only is it really easy to make, but it tastes just as good as ones you would purchase. Once you try this recipe, you’ll be making it all the time. 

8. Chicken Puffs

You truly wouldn’t believe how many 5 star reviews this chicken puff recipe has received. Despite seeming fairly simplistic and basic at first, it is absolutely delicious.

Over 589 people have said that this is one of their favorite appetizer recipes. So go ahead and try it!

9. Grandma’s Apple Dumplings

Is there anything more nostalgic than apple dumplings? It makes us reminisce about our childhood. This recipe tastes just as good as we remember, with soft yet crispy pastry, and tangy, sweetened apples. 

It also adds a new orange and vanilla sauce to the mix, which just brings the taste factor up to a whole new level. 

10. Spinach Pinwheels 

If you’re searching for an appetizer to serve your dinner guests that looks super fancy, then you simply have to make these spinach pinwheels. Creamy and delicious, they’re the perfect treat to serve at a party. 

They also look super impressive, but only involve three ingredients! What are you waiting for? Go ahead and whip these up right now. 

11. Magic Marshmallow Puffs

As you may have guessed from the title of this recipe, these puffs are absolutely magical! They are super chewy, tasty, and have a glaze that is absolutely to die for.

If you want something enjoyable to prepare with the kids this weekend, this is truly the perfect recipe to have some fun in the kitchen. 

12. Broccoli Ham Ring

This is another one of those recipes that gives the impression that you’ve been slaving away for hours creating something intricate, but is actually really easy to make.

It has a delicious concoction of cream cheese, broccoli, ham, swiss cheese, onions and parsley. It’s a really colorful pastry too, and looks very impressive sitting on the dining table. 

13. Flaky Crescent Mushroom Turnovers

These ones are great as either an appetizer, a lunchtime snack, or for putting in the kids’ school lunch (see also ‘33 School Lunch Meal Ideas Your Kids Will Love‘). Easy to prepare, you can make the mushroom filling ahead of time. 

The onions work beautifully in this, and as an extra little cooking tip, you can use shallots instead which taste even better in the filling. Herbes de provence are responsible for giving this recipe its depth of flavor. 

14. Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Everybody loves a little bit of zesty lemon in their dessert. These bars are perfect for preparing on a warm summer day, as they taste super refreshing. Use real fresh lemons in the recipe to get the most out of the flavor. 

Made in true Southern style, you have to make these to take on a picnic. 

15. Honey Brie Spread

If you and your friends regularly partake in a fondue evening, then why not shake things up a little and make this honey brie spread as a sweet variation. 

The combination of the flaky pastry and the runny cheese is so delicious. We recommend having some slices of apple ready to eat with this one, as the tanginess of the apples really compliments the taste of the honey. 

16. Philly Cheesesteak Crescent Bake 

Philly cheesesteak is truly everyone’s favorite sub, so why not make this tasty sandwich into a casserole style bake? Loaded with sweet peppers, onions, and of course, juicy tender pieces of steak, this recipe is perfection. 

The crispness of the crescent roll pastry works so well, and provides the perfect casing for the contents. Perfect for serving up when the weather is cold outside, this dish is sure to warm you and the whole family up. 

17. Sausage And Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Another pinwheel recipe that looks super impressive, decorated with little portions of sausage meat.

These appetizers are absolutely delicious, so good in fact, that you’ll need to make sure that your guests don’t fill up on these before the main.

With lots of cream cheese loaded in the filling, and tasty, flavorful ground sausage, what’s not to love? 

18. Vegetable Pizza Squares

A great way to use the crescent pastry that you have stored away in the refrigerator is to simply make it into a pizza. It really makes a fantastic base that is great for loading with lots of delicious toppings. 

This vegetable pizza square recipe is great for when you have picky eaters who aren’t too fond of vegetables. We promise that they’ll love this one, and so will you!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Now that we’ve looked at some scrumptious Pillsbury crescent roll recipes, let’s go ahead and answer some frequently asked questions that some of you had. 

What is the difference between Pillsbury crescent rolls and croissants? 

At first, these two different kinds of ready made pastry may seem interchangeable. After all, they can be made to form the same kinds of foods. 

The key difference between these two types of pastry is that Pillsbury crescent rolls tend to have a more doughy texture, that doesn’t rise as much when it’s being baked.

Croissants, on the other hand, tend to be far flakier, and puff up when they’re baked. 

How Do I Cook Pillsbury Crescent Rolls? 

If you want to whip up some plain Pillsbury crescent rolls to enjoy for breakfast, or as a midday snack, they’re super easy to prepare. 

All you have to do is heat up the oven to 375 fahrenheit, then separate the entire block of dough into 16 different triangle pieces.

Roll them all up, taking care not to pack them too tightly, so that they have more room to let air in. 

You can then go ahead and give them each a brush of raw egg mixture to give them a nice glaze. If you don’t have any egg, then you can brush them with some water or butter instead. 

Bake these at the temperature stated above for approximately 11 to 13 minutes. If they’re still not golden brown, leave them inside the oven for a bit longer. You can then serve them warm. 

Are Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Just Puff Pastry? 

You may be wondering if Pillsbury crescent rolls are just made from regular old puff pastry (see also ‘23 Easy Crescent Roll Breakfast Recipes Perfect For A Lazy Morning‘). They are, in fact, incredibly similar, using many of the same ingredients and methods of preparation.

They also have a very similar finish to puff pastry items, with a golden finish, and delicate flaky dough. 

They do differ, however, and are a bit sturdier and denser than puff pastry. This is because of the way that the yeast has been used in the preparation. 

Can You Eat Raw Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough? 

We have to state explicitly that you should under no circumstances, eat raw dough of any kind. This includes pancake mixture, pizza dough, pie crusts, tortillas, biscuits, brownies, cakes or cookies.

This can cause a severe stomach upset, so avoid at all costs. 

How Long Past The Expiration Date Can You Use Crescent Dough? 

You should always aim to use the Pilsbury crescent roll dough stored in your refrigerator after 1 – 2 weeks beyond the best by date.

This date is set in place to give you the tastiest dough possible, as beyond this date the dough will decrease in taste and quality. 

Can You Air Fry Crescent Dough Rolls? 

Yes, you can absolutely air fry your crescent roll dough. Just lay them flat on the rack of the air fryer, then fry them at 330 fahrenheit for approximately 6 minutes until they are golden brown in color. 

Final Thoughts

There are so many innovative ways that you can prepare Pillsbury crescent rolls (see also ‘The Best 15 Crescent Roll Desserts‘). They make such an incredibly delicious golden pastry, and can be used for a whole host of dishes.

Simply choose your favorites from the list above, and get baking!

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