These Crescent Rolls are like the refrigerated Pillsbury Tube Crescents! They’re super easy to make from scratch and can be used in any recipe calling for the tube crescents!

crescent rolls like Pillsbury Tube crescents

Tube Crescents are one of the handiest doughs to use! From cinnamon rolls to pizza, it’s no wonder they’re a constant seller at the grocery store, but did you know how easy it is to make from scratch? There is no science or fancy equipment needed, just a matter of combining the dry to wet ingredients! When it’s this easy forget about the refrigerated stuff! Homemade Crescent Rolls that’s equivalent to Pillsbury dough is a complete must-have in my recipe collection! A huge thanks to Susanna for sharing this gem of a recipe with me! Now tell us what you made from this recipe!

Crescent Rolls (Pillsbury Copycat)

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Alyona's Cooking
These Crescent Rolls are like the refrigerated Pillsbury Tube Crescents! They're super easy to make from scratch and can be used in any recipe calling for the tube crescents!


Crescent Rolls:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 11 Tbsp margarine
  • 3/4 cup warm water


How to Make Crescent Rolls:

  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the margarine and water and mix well. Let rest 20 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts and pat each half into desired shape.
  • Each half makes 1 tube of Crescents. Use in any recipe calling for bought crescents.


This Recipe equals 2 (8 oz each) tubes of store-bought crescent rolls. 
To Prepare: Bake dough at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until done. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1crescentCalories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 237mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 344IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg


What can I substitute for crescent rolls?

This homemade crescent dough is a great substitute, however puff pastry can also be an alternative.

How many crescents rolls are in a tube?

One tube of refrigerator crescent rolls make 8 crescents. Which means there are 8 perforated triangles in each tube.

Whats the difference between Croissants and Crescents?

Both consist of yeast however the making will differ. A crescent is a bread type of dough that is rolled and baked whereas the croissant is a puff pastry kind of dough that requires folding and layering.

How do you make Pillsbury Crescent rolls from scratch?

Making Pillsbury crescent rolls are not as complicated as the French Crossiant rolls which require layers of folded dough! The Pillsbury tube crescents are actually very similar in ingredients! You find the exact ingredients for Pillsbury Crescents here.

Can I refrigerate crescent rolls?

It is safe to refrigerate this crescent dough. Margarine is a soft solid making handling a breeze so your dough should not solidify. Keep dough refrigerated for up-to 2 days.

Can these be frozen?

For best results freeze crescent rolls after they have been baked to avoid any damage to the leaving agents.


  1. Make-ahead and pop dough in the fridge for up-to 2 days for using later.
  2. Dough is even softer when resting 20 minutes before using.
  3. This recipe is equivalent to 2 Pillsbury tubes.
  4. To make triangles roll each half of dough into rectangles and cut 8 triangles on each piece.

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    • Fiona

    I have just made the crescent dough for tomorrow. It’s now in the fridge. It’s so soft! Thank you Alyona, for the wonderful recipe💓. We couldn’t get Pillsbury dough here in Sarawak. This is a great recipe.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Wonderful Fiona!

    • Bev George

    Can I use half and freeze the other half of the dough for another time

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I haven’t tried freezing this crescent dough yet, let me know if it works.

    • Allison

    Hi! I’m not sure why my crescents don’t turn golden and look pasty. They’re also on the dry side

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Allison, was your dough on the firm side? Refrigerated crescent dough is pretty soft and slightly tacky. Try adding more water to form a tacky dough and work on a very lightly greased area rather than flour.

    • Sara

    Hi, does it need to be baked before using?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Sara, you’d use this like the refrigerated dough… You can make them into crescents and bake them or roll them with ham and cheese and bake them… Theres many ways to use it.

    • Nan

    Can I substitute butter for the margarine?

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    • Sumy

    Should I melt the margerine ?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      No, it pretty soft to work with and just blends into the dough.

    • Emily

    hi! am i able to freeze half of the dough? in an airtight container?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Emily, you could try.

    • Luna

    Hi, I was just wondering how do you store the dough you arnt using. I also want to thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Luna, I usually use up the dough but if you want to store it, I’d think keeping it in an airtight container or covered well would be good enough.

    • Summer

    Can we use real butter instead of margarine?

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    • Ann

    Can I skip the yeast? Thanks

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Ann, not sure how that will work perhaps adding some kind of leavening like baking powder or baking soda is needed.

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