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9 Tasty Ways to Make Dinner with Crescent Roll Dough

three images of recipes from the article including a braided beef and broccoli from taste of Home, cronuts by Half Baked Harvest and pinwheels by Olivias cuisine.
Taste of Home/Half-Baked Harvest/Olivia’s Cuisine

Do you need a little dinner (or dessert) inspiration this week? If so, we’ve found nine easy-peasy recipes that all come wrapped up in buttery, flakey crescent roll dough.

Lowell Heddings, our founder and CEO, is a fan of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls because they’re nut-, dairy-, and egg-free, and safe for his little one. Whether he wraps little smokie hot dogs in crescent triangles or assembles stuffed pizza rolls with pepperoni, cheese, and sauce, he knows his family will be safe, happy, and able to enjoy a delicious meal!

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

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Olivia’s Cuisine

It doesn’t get much easier than a flavor-filled dinner your family will love that takes minimal ingredients and time to prepare. All you need for this recipe is Pillsbury crescent rolls, a bit of mayo, mustard, ham, and cheese. You carefully roll it up, and then slice before letting the hotbox take over.

In under 15 minutes, your oven will turn those cold doughy rolls into a platter of buttery-rich pinwheels that pair beautifully with mac and cheese or tater tots. If you want to spruce them up further, sprinkle a bit of Everything Bagel seasoning on top.

Cheesesteak Crescent Roll Bites

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Fav Family Recipes

Ham and cheese is a popular combo, but if your family is more about cheesesteak, then this recipe is for you. Sautéed onions and bell peppers make the ultimate duo in this Philly-style sub, but the cream cheese and roast beef take it to another level.

If you aren’t feeling the deli meat, feel free to cook up some shaved pub steak, which you can get in most supermarkets at the meat counter. Steak-umms, which you’ll find in the frozen section, make another tasty alternative.

Taco Crescent Roll Ring

A taco crescent ring filled with meat and cheese with lettuce tomato and shredded cheese in the middle.
Spend with Pennies

A bit of ground beef and taco seasoning might be the star of the show most Taco Tuesdays, but once you’ve added crescent rolls to the mix, your favorite meal will really shine.

Include some shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños, and you’ll have a dinner everyone will love. However, it also makes an excellent appetizer for your next party. Feel free to make individual taco rolls using the same cheese and meat in this recipe, but follow the wrapping instructions in our next featured recipe.

Chicken Crescent Rolls

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Anything with cream cheese hooks us right away, and these rich chicken crescent rolls are no exception. Along with the cream cheese, this delicious recipe combines shredded chicken and a packet of ranch seasoning for an ultimate trio of flavors.

Feel free to add green onions to add a delicate kick and crunch in each bite, or leave them out if you have picky eaters at home.

Beef and Broccoli Braids

An image of a braided beef and broccoli dinner encased in crescent rolls.
Taste of Home

Beef and broccoli go hand in hand in this one-of-a-kind braided dinner. After cooking a little ground beef and onion in a skillet, you stir in the broccoli, cheese, and sour cream before encasing it all in a pretty design.

One-inch strips work from side to side to create a braided effect and a feast for your eyes and tummy.

Crescent Pot Pie

A pillsbury crescent crusted chicken pot pie casserole.
Pillsbury

You might already have a special recipe for pot pie, so we won’t try to steer you too far from it. However, if you’ve never tried to make a pot pie, this recipe is an easy place to start. You can use rotisserie chicken and frozen veggies as a shortcut, and then some canned cream of chicken and mushroom for the sauce.

Also, keep in mind that crescent rolled dough sheets also make a fantastic flakey crust topping if you aren’t in the mood to make from-scratch pie dough.

Cinnamon Crescent Roll Cheesecake Wreath

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Lemon and Zest

Holidays or not, this cheesecake wreath will be the hit of any weekend party or Sunday brunch. The cinnamon cheesecake filling combined with the buttery crisp crescent roll exterior is a match made in heaven.

It’s the quick homemade icing that takes this sweet treat to another level of deliciousness, though. Your friends and family are sure to request this crowd-pleasing treat over and over again.

Apple Pecan Pie Cronuts

Three cronuts toppe with caramel, pecans and warm apples.
Half-Baked Harvest

If you’ve yet to experience the crispy, doughy creation we call “cronuts,” this recipe is your opportunity, and yes, they’re delicious!

You get step-by-step instructions for cutting the crescent dough, making from-scratch apple cider caramel sauce and frosting, and then creating this fluffy, decadent breakfast treat. This recipe is a bit more involved than the others on our list, but we recommend giving it a shot next time you’re feeling a bit ambitious.

Strawberry cheesecake Crescent Rolls

Two images of strawberry cheesecake crescents.
Jo Cooks

You can always sign us up for simple recipes that require minimal ingredients, prep, or cleanup, and these strawberry cheesecake crescent rolls are definitely one of them.

Cream cheese, strawberry jam, and sliced strawberries come together to fill these delicious crescents before you roll them up into a proper, flakey treat. The crunchy sugar coating gives these a perfect mouthfeel in every sweet bite.


If you’re on the hunt for some fast, easy, and delicious meals to make during the week (who isn’t?), pick up some crescent rolls next time you’re at the market. Any of these recipes are sure to please the whole family. Just be prepared to make them again and again!

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