How to Make Homemade Butterhorn Rolls

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Bake up an easy family recipe for homemade butterhorn rolls. How to make the best buttery crescent rolls, perfect for your Thanksgiving or holiday dinner.

For most people, the excitement of holiday dinners consists mainly of the turkey or the ham, along with all the fixings. Myself, I've always looked forward to dinner rolls more than any other dish on the table.

homemade butterhorn rolls on white plate with butter in background

Especially my grandma's homemade dinner rolls.

On a recent search through old family recipes with my mom, we came upon my Great Aunt Ella Mae's recipe for butterhorns.

Looking at the recipe, I suddenly remembered making these homemade crescent rolls when Jacob was just a toddler. They were one of our favorite recipes.

Needless to say, I was pretty excited to un-earth this old family recipe for butterhorn dinner rolls. And when I made a batch so I could share the recipe with you, my boys were pretty happy too.

basket of golden brown butterhorns with blue linen

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my baking tips, important baking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

ARE CRESCENT ROLLS AND CROISSANTS THE SAME?

Short answer… No.

Long answer… Croissants require a whole ‘nother level of commitment to make. Made very similarly to puff pastry, they require a good amount of time working butter into the dough in order to create a more flaky texture.

Crescent rolls, however, are like regular dinner rolls, just crescent-shaped. You roll the dough out, shape the rolls, and let them rise before baking.

hand holding torn open butterhorn dinner roll with soft baked inside

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED FOR BUTTERHORN ROLLS:

Keep in mind, all of the amounts you'll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Sauce pan – for scalding the milk.

Mixer and/or Large Mixing Bowl

Flour Sack Dish Towel – perfect for covering the dough to let it rise.

Rolling Pin – This one actually has measurements on it that help me measure how wide and thick to roll the dough. You can also use a baking mat.

Pastry Brush and Pastry Wheel

Baking Sheet

Bread Basket

HOW TO MAKE BUTTERHORNS

Making crescent dinner rolls is a fairly simple process. It just requires a few different sets of steps…

  1. In a sauce pan on the stove, scald the milk (we'll get into how to do this a little further below).
  2. Once the milk has cooled, whisk the yeast into it.
first steps for how to make butterhorns, including how to scald milk and mixing scalded milk with yeast

HOW TO SCALD MILK

Scalding milk is very easy, so don't let this step keep you from making these delicious rolls.

When I first read the word “scald,” I confused it with “scorch” and thought it meant to burn the milk.

But that's not it at all. It wants you to bring the milk to a point where it's just about ready to boil but hasn't boiled yet.

You can do this in the microwave or on the stove. I chose the stove.

WikiHow has a great article explaining how to scald milk.

Basically, you're going to heat the milk on medium-low heat, constantly stirring, until steam and bubbles start to form around the edge. As soon as you see bubbles, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

Mixing the Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and salt, mixing on low.
  2. Add the milk and yeast mixture to the butter mixture and mix.
  3. Then add in the beaten eggs, mixing well.
  4. Add half the flour and increase the speed of your mixer to medium. Beat well for about 2 minutes.
  5. At this point, you'll stir in the remaining flour by hand, at which point you should have a soft dough.
  6. Put that dough on a well-floured board or countertop, and just lightly knead it for a few minutes.
steps for how to make butterhorns dough, mixing dough in KitchenAid mixer bowl and kneading the dough on a lightly floured surface

Then place the dough into a greased bowl or pan, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place about 3 hours, or until it's doubled in size.

HOW TO ROLL BUTTERHORNS

When your dough has at least doubled in size or more, it's ready to shape into crescent rolls.

  1. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 9-inch circle with a rolling pin.
  3. Brush the circle with melted butter.
  4. Using a pastry wheel, cut each circle into 12 wedge-shaped pieces.
steps for how to roll butterhorns with rolling pin, brushing dough with butter, and cutting into wedge-shaped pieces with pastry wheel

HOW TO SHAPE AND FORM BUTTERHORNS

  1. Start to roll each wedge, starting with the wide end.
  2. Roll the wedge lightly but firmly toward the point.
  3. Keep rolling it until you've reached the point.
  4. Once you reach the point, you will have your crescent shape.
steps for how to shape and form butterhorns by rolling wedges into crescent shape

Arrange the rolls on a baking sheet, and brush them with melted butter.

brushing homemade crescent rolls with butter before second rise and baking

Then cover and let them rise 'til they've doubled in size or until they're very light.

butterhorn dinner rolls rising and almost ready to bake on baking sheet

Bake according to the instructions in the recipe card below.

Butterhorn rolls pair really well with apple butter and apple jelly too. We especially love eating them with strawberry freezer jam and homemade blackberry jam.

blue basket full of crescent dinner rolls

GOT HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS?

You can make stuffed crescent rolls instead of regular ones. And they are sooooo delicious!

My favorites are turkey stuffing crescent rolls and ham stuffed crescent rolls.

CAN HOMEMADE CRESCENT ROLLS BE MADE AHEAD?

Yes, they can, and you can freeze them too.

You can arrange them on the baking sheet, cover them well, and freeze them before baking. Just remember to allow 2-3 hours for thawing and 4-5 hours for a second rise, as well, before baking.

Or you can bake them and freeze them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Then just thaw and reheat them on the big day!

homemade crescent rolls on white plate served with butter

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How to Make Homemade Butterhorn Rolls

How to Make Homemade Butterhorn Rolls

Bake up an easy family recipe for homemade butterhorn rolls. How to make the best buttery crescent rolls, perfect for your Thanksgiving or holiday dinner.

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Rise Time 5 hours
Total Time 6 hours 42 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan on the stove, scald the milk.*
  2. Once the milk has cooled, whisk the yeast into it.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and salt, mixing on low.
  4. Add the milk and yeast mixture to the butter mixture and mix.
  5. Then add in the beaten eggs, mixing well.
  6. Add half the flour and increase the speed of your mixer to medium. Beat well for about 2 minutes.
  7. Then stir in the remaining flour by hand, at which point you should have a soft dough.
  8. Put that dough on a well-floured board or countertop, and just lightly knead it for a few minutes.
  9. Then place the dough into a greased bowl or pan, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place about 3 hours, or until it's doubled in size.
  10. When your dough has at least doubled in size or more, it's ready to shape into crescent rolls.
  11. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions.
  12. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 9-inch circle with a rolling pin.
  13. Using a pastry brush, brush the circle with melted butter.
  14. Then using a pastry wheel, cut each circle into 12 wedge-shaped pieces.
  15. Roll each wedge, starting with the wide end and rolling to the point.
  16. Arrange the rolls on a greased baking sheet, and brush them with melted butter.
  17. Cover and let rise in a warm place 'til they've doubled in size or until they're very light.
  18. Bake at 425° F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.*
  19. Serve while warm with butter.*

Notes

*Or you can use shortening instead of butter.

1. Heat the milk on medium-low heat, constantly stirring, until steam and bubbles start to form around the edge. As soon as you see bubbles, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. WikiHow has a great article explaining how to scald milk in both the microwave and on the stove.

18. You may need to cover the rolls and baking sheet with aluminum foil for the last half of bake time so they don't get too brown while baking.

19. Butterhorn rolls go well with apple butter and apple jelly too. We especially love strawberry freezer jam and homemade blackberry jam.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 134mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

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