Cottage Cheese Crescent Rolls

  • You only need 3 ingredients to make these savory cottage cheese crescent rolls. Flaky, buttery, and soft; these little dinner rolls pair perfectly with any main meal. If you are a beginner bread maker these are a great roll to start with. Plus, they can be made in advance and also be made into a sweet roll for something a little different!

    Overhead view of several rolls stacked on top of one another on top of a dark red cloth napkin.

    There is no arguing that homemade bread or rolls are so delicious and so hard not to eat just one…..am I right?! But sometimes you don’t want to spend 4+ hours making it…..these rolls will solve your problem! They are really easy to make, full of flaky layers, and can be made savory or sweet.

    TELL ME MORE ABOUT THESE COTTAGE CHEESE CRESCENT ROLLS

    • FLAVOR: no they do not taste like cottage cheese if that worries you. I know there is a lot of cottage cheese in these rolls but don’t taste like it.
    • TIME: The nice thing about these rolls is there isn’t any rising time involved since there isn’t any yeast. In fact there isn’t any levener used in this recipe! It takes about 30 minutes to make the dough and shape into rolls then allow 25 minutes for baking.
    • SAVORY OR SWEET: Leave these little gems plain for a savory version which are great to accompany any main meal and soups. Or drizzle with a glaze for a lightly sweetened version.
    • EASIER: Does the thought of making yeast breads intimidate you? Try making these instead as they are a great place to start!

    INGREDIENT LIST:

    As mentioned there are only three ingredients needed for these rolls: all purpose flour, cottage cheese (use 2% or whole), and butter (no subsitutes).

    Only three simple ingredients needed to make these rolls, flour, cottage cheese, and butter.
    Three pictures showing how to mix up the dough for cottage cheese crescent rolls.

    KEY STEPS in THIS RECIPE:

    MAKING THE DOUGH: You want your butter to be slightly softened but still be cool to the touch. Place the butter and cold cottage cheese in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix until mostly combined. If you look at the photos above you can see it doesn’t totally combine. Just mix until there aren’t any big chunks of butter. Mix in the flour just until combined.

    SHAPING THE ROLLS: Form the dough into a ball and divide in half. Be sure the dough still has a slight chill before rolling. Using a little flour dust your work surface and roll one half into a 12-13 inch circle and cut into 16 wedges. This makes small rolls. It’s the way my grandma always made them so I continued the tradition. If you would like bigger rolls cut into 12 wedges instead of 16. Roll each piece starting at the wide end and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden.

    Five pictures showing how to shape the rolls and what they should look like coming out of the oven.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    DO I NEED A MIXER?

    No, but it will require some arm muscle. Just be sure there aren’t any large chunks of butter not mixed in. The good news is there isn’t any kneading!!

    HOW DO I STORE THESE COTTAGE CHEESE ROLLS?

    Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

    CAN I FREEZE THESE ROLLS?

    Yes, place completely cooled rolls in a freezer safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.

    Overhead view of a roll broke in half to show the flakey interior. Other rolls off to the sides.

    TIPS AND VARIATIONS FOR AWESOME COTTAGE CHEESE CRESCENT ROLLS

    • HOW TO MAKE THEM SWEET: Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1-2 tablespoons milk. Drizzle over completely cooled rolls.
    • Want another way to change up the flavor? Add orange or lemon zest to the dough and or replace the milk in the glaze with orange or lemon juice.
    • Another yummy option: sprinkle the top of each roll with a little parmesan cheese just before going into the oven.
    • Honestly there are a lot of options to change up the flavor of these rolls. Add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning to the dough. Brush each roll with a little garlic butter…..the list goes on!
    • Before rolling be sure the dough is cool to the touch or it will be hard to work with as it is a softer dough and they will spread too much when baking.
    • The dough can also be made 2 days in advance and kept in the refrigerator.

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    Cottage Cheese Crescent Rolls
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr
     

    You only need 3 ingredients to make these savory cottage cheese crescent rolls. Flaky, buttery, and soft; these little dinner rolls pair perfectly with any main meal. If you are a beginner bread maker these are a great roll to start with. Plus, they can be made in advance and also be made into a sweet roll for something a little different!

    Course: Bread
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cottage cheese rolls, easy dinner rolls
    Servings: 32 rolls
    Calories: 114 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup (226g) butter, slightly softened (should still have a slight chill to it)
    • 1 (16oz)(453g) cottage cheese
    • cups (300g) all purpose flour
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

    2. In a large bowl combine the slightly softened butter and the cold cottage cheese using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Mix until well combined and no large lumps of butter are present. Add flour and mix just until combined. Your dough should be cool to the touch.

    3. Divide dough in half and roll each half into a 12-13 inch circle. Cut each circle into 16 wedges and roll up like a crescent roll. (Start at the wide end and roll to the tip) Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden.

    Recipe Notes
    1. Serve as a dinner roll or cool completely and drizzle with a glaze made from 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1-2 tablespoons milk. 
    2. Want another way to change up the flavor? Add orange or lemon zest to the dough and or replace the milk in the glaze with orange or lemon juice.
    3. Another yummy option: sprinkle the top of each roll with a little parmesan cheese just before going into the oven.
    4. Honestly, there are a lot of options to change up the flavor of these rolls. Add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning to the dough. Brush each roll with a little garlic butter…..the list goes on!
    5. Before rolling be sure the dough is cool to the touch or it will be hard to work with as it is a softer dough and they will spread too much when baking.
    6. MAKE AHEAD: The dough can also be made 2 days in advance and kept in the refrigerator.
    7. FREEZER FRIENDLY: Freeze completely cooled rolls in a freezer safe container or bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature then drizzle with glaze if desired. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Cottage Cheese Crescent Rolls
    Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
    Calories 114 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 6g9%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Cholesterol 16mg5%
    Sodium 1mg0%
    Potassium 20mg1%
    Carbohydrates 13g4%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 2g4%
    Vitamin A 185IU4%
    Calcium 4mg0%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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