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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.
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Rise Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 42 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


  • Adjustable Rolling Pin with Removable Rings
  • Silicone Baking Mat for Pastry Rolling with Measurements
  • Norpro Grip-EZ Pastry/Ravioli Wheel



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



*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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g
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