If you're using refrigerated crescent roll dough just to make dinner rolls, you're missing out. That tube of perforated pastry is actually your shortcut to an endless array of sweet and savory recipes for any meal of the day. Here are some of our favorite ways to use it.
1. Braid It
Scrambled Egg Brunch Bread might look fancy, but braiding the dough is actually pretty easy to do. Be sure to watch the video to see how a simple crisscross technique turns this savory pastry into a brunch-worthy centerpiece.
2. Make It Chocolaty
Nutella® Cups are the kind of dessert that's greater than the sum of it's parts. They take only 3 ingredients to make, but they taste incredibly rich and indulgent. You'll have to check out the recipe to see what's hiding under the chocolate-hazelnut spread.
3. Spice It Up
Taco Pie is a quick and easy twist on taco night. It takes only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes to get this comfort food favorite on the table. You're looking at a good solution for busy nights right here.
4. Go All Elvis on It
This over-the-top Fried PB & J is stuffed with jam and peanut butter, then fried to a crisp golden brown. Use any kind of jam you like, and maybe even slip a slice of banana in there to make it a snack truly fit for the King.
5. Take It Retro
Piggy Wiggys are an old-fashioned appetizer from back in the day, and they're still one of the first things to disappear at parties. Serve them on a platter with your favorite dipping sauces, and watch your friends snap 'em up.
6. Spike It with Cinnamon
Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie is inspired by a traditional fried pastry dessert popular in Mexico and South America, but this version is baked with a sweetened cream cheese filling and topped with honey and cinnamon.
7. Have It for Breakfast
Put down that day-old, ice-cold pizza and have this for breakfast instead. Breakfast Pizza is layered with hash browns, sausage, eggs, and cheese for hearty start to your morning. Got some spinach and tomato on hand? Toss them on, too.
8. Make It Fruity
Fresh blueberries and a little powdered sugar are all you need for these incredibly easy Blueberry Turnovers. Switch out the fruit to suit the season and add different glazes to make lots of flavor variations.
9. Let It Veg
It's kind of crazy how popular these Garden Veggie Pizza Squares are. Cream cheese with a cool Ranch vibe is topped with a garden's worth of crisp, raw vegetables--all on a crescent dough crust. Slice it up for appetizers or to go with gazpacho on a hot day.
10. Pucker Up
The juice and zest of 2 whole lemons give these Lemon Cream Cheese Bars their bright, refreshing flavor. Several reviewers said they baked the bottom layer of dough for a few minutes before topping it with the filling, to keep the crust from getting soggy.
More Convenience Food Recipe Hacks
- See how to turn refrigerated biscuit dough into quick and easy snacks.
- You might be surprised to see what else you can make with boxed cake mix besides cakes.
- Yes, you can even hack a box of brownie mix into treats that are even better than brownies.