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Overnight Crescent Dinner Rolls |

Overnight Crescent Dinner Rolls

  • Author: Laura


  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 1/25 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter


  1. In a bowl, combine the yeast and warm water.  Allow the yeast sometime to proof.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan melt the butter.  When the butter is melted and starts to bubble, mix in the milk and remove it from the heat.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the eggs, sugar, and salt until well blended.  Then add a small amount of the warm butter, milk mixture to the egg/sugar mixture to temper the eggs.  You don’t want to end up with scambled eggs here.  Turn on the mixer and drizzle in the rest of the butter/milk mixture until well blended.
  4. Add the yeast to the mixture.
  5. Now mix in the flour 1 cup at a time up to the 4th cup.  Now let the mixer run for about 3-5 minutes.
  6. At this point decide if you need any more flour.   You want a very sticky dough.  Do not add any more than 1 cup, you don’t want to go over 5 cups total.
  7. Scape down the sides of the bowl getting all the dough into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough overnight.
  8. The next day get the dough out about 4 hours before you want the rolls. The dough will have risen some overnight but it will not double.
  9. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter.  Divide dough in half.  Roll each half into a 14 inch circle.  The dough will be cold from being in the refridge and feels like you are rolling out sugar cookie dough.
  10. Pour half of the melted butter on top of each circle and spread over the dough with in 1 inch of the edge.  Since the dough is cold the butter will stiffen back up as you spread it around.
  11. Using a pizza cutter, cut each circle into 12 wedges.  Roll up each wedge starting with the wide end rolling toward the point.
  12. Place the rolls on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.  Be sure to place them with the point facing down.
  13. Cover and let raise 3-4 hours.  Then bake in a 350 degree over for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.  Makes 2 dozen.
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