Crescent rolls are already a favorite, but Sweetened-Up Crescent Rolls are even better! The flaky, buttery rolls are made from scratch with love. They’re drizzled with a sugary, vanilla-infused icing that you’ll enjoy licking off your fingers. Oh, and you can’t forget the crunchy walnuts on top! Sweetened-Up Crescent Rolls are a tasty sweet treat to add to your early morning spread!

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For the crescent rolls:

  • 1 (.25-ounce) package of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 110-115 degrees F
  • 3/4 cup warm milk, 2%, 110-115 degrees F
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened, divided

For the icing:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, 2%
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


Step 1 –In a medium bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.

Step 2 –Add the warm milk, egg, sugar, shortening, and salt to the yeast mixture and mix well.

Step 3 –Add the flour to the yeast mixture and mix until it is smooth.

Step 4 –Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn it once with a spoon so that the top of the dough is greased.

Step 5 –Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

Step 6 –On a floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.

Step 7 –Spread 1 tablespoon of the softened butter over the flattened dough.

Step 8 –Fold the corners of the dough to the middle and then fold in half.

Step 9 –Wrap the dough in waxed paper and chill for 30 minutes.

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Step 10 –Repeat the rolling, buttering, folding, and chilling steps twice.

Step 11 –Grease a baking sheet.

Step 12 –On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a 35×5-inch rectangle.

Step 13 –Cut the dough into 16 triangles.

Step 14 –Roll each triangle from the wide edge to the tip and pinch to seal.

Step 15 –Place the rolls, tip-down, on the prepared baking sheet, and curve the rolls to form crescents.

Step 16 –Cover and let the crescents rise in a warm place until they have doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Step 17 –Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 18 –Bake until the crescents are lightly brown, about 10 minutes.

Step 19 –In a small bowl, mix the confectioners’ sugar, remaining milk, butter, almond extract, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

Step 20 –Spread the icing over the warm crescents and sprinkle with walnuts.

Step 21 –Serve.