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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Recipe Rating


    • Buffy

    These look like what I’m looking for. But I don’t keep margarine. Can I use unsalted butter? Thanks

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Sure can, Buffy!

    • Carol

    I am currently making these (rolls are resting), but I am confused about the time. At the top of the recipe you have “prep time – 2 minutes”, “resting time – 20 minutes”, “total time – 22 minutes”.
    However at the bottom of the recipe it says that it takes 15 to 20 minutes for these to bake. Where is that 15 to 20 minutes bake time included in the total time?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Carol, I didn’t include the baking time as the recipe was aimed more for the preparation of tube crescents that can be refrigerated and ready to use at your own convenience. However, I did include the baking time for whenever you do want to bake the dough at the bottom of my recipe card.

    • DrMim

    You could always use butter! 😝 I’m going to 💖

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Sure can, DrMim! However, margarine is closer to the Pillsbury tube crescents since the original has an oil based solid (margarine.)

    • Peggy Snyder

    Hmmmmmm …..Can these be made without fat (margarine)? Would it work?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Peggy, they wouldn’t be Crescents without the fat:)

    • Al

    Can’t even tell the difference from the store bough! If anything these are better, because I know what goes in them! Thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you for the feedback!

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