Healthy (and DELICIOUS) Crescent Rolls

Today we’re talking about a slightly healthier upgrade to our favorite crescent roll recipe. These are a family favorite.

Okay I lied, these aren’t exactly healthy.

But, if you’re set on having crescent rolls, these are going to be better for you, promise. I adapted this recipe from my white flour buttered crescent roll recipe on Monday for a dinner party simply because I only had 2 cups of white flour left in the cupboard.

I was a little worried (making up a recipe for the first time with guests?), but, they were a huge hit. They were almost gone before we even sat down to dinner! Even with the whole wheat, they are airy, fluffy, and oh-so mouthwatering.

Oh, and they make your house smell AWESOME.

Yield: 2 dozen


  • 3/4 C milk
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp (1 package) yeast
  • 1 /12 Tbsp Vegetable Oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 C warm water
  • 2 C all purpose white flour
  • 3 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C butter

What You’ll Do: How to Make Whole Wheat Crescent Rolls

  1. Scald milk, most of sugar (save 1 – 2 Tbsp), and 1/4 C of butter in microwave (approx 1:30). If chunks of butter are left break apart with fork and they will melt. 
  2. Add 1/2 egg and salt to milk mixture.
  3. Set aside and let cool till finger can be placed in mixture comfortably. 
  4. While milk mixture is cooling, combine yeast, the rest of sugar, oil, and 1 C of warm water. Let sit for 7 minutes or until bubbly. 
  5. Combine yeast and milk mixture in mixing bowl (better when mixed by hand than kitchen aid).
  6. Use fork to add the flour. Dough should be sticky but pull away from sides of bowl.
  7. Cover and let rise until double (3 hours).
  8. Separate dough into two parts.
  9. Role one part out into a rectangle on a floured surface and spread melted butter over it (approx 1-2 Tbsp) Use a pizza cutter (or knife) to cut into quarters. Cut these quarters into three triangles each (making two cuts from the corner of the quarter).
  10. Roll each piece into a crescent and place on greased cookie sheet.
  11. Repeat with other section.
  12. Let rolls rise for half an hour (approximately)
  13. Bake at 350 for fifteen minutes or until the tops begin to golden.
  14. Brush with butter once removed from the oven.
  15. ENJOY! (and become the most sought after dinner guest in the area)
  16. If you have any questions about them, let me know!

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  1. I believe nothing is unhealthy – portion and lack of moderation are. Plus, it's probably better to make these at home and know exactly what ingredients are going into them. 🙂

  2. These look so incredible! How do you keep them golden and from burning? I always seem to burn rolls I make…

  3. These look so yummy!!! I need to learn how to bake better. (Although, the brownies that I made last week were AMAZING.)

  4. oh. my. goodness. these look utterly u-mazin'.


  5. Thank you so much for sharing! I love crescent rolls but unfortunately can't eat the kind out of a can. I can't wait to try these.