Crescent Rolls

Perfect Dinner Rolls

This is the only gluten free dinner roll recipe you’ll need.

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Easy to make and ready in less than an hour-glutenous dinner rolls eat that! Soft, fluffy, and definitely none of that gritty, spongy, or crumbly texture gluten free breads can be notorious for. 

IMG_3101In order to obtain this beautiful outcome, there are a few more ingredients and I assure you they are well worth it. Especially considering they are very easy to make.

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These rolls freeze perfectly. I like to make a batch and store extras in the freezer, then pop out, wrap in foil, and warm in the oven to go alongside whatever dinner I’m fixing that night.

Perfect Dinner Rolls

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Notes:

  • My flour mix works great for this recipe. 
  • If using a commercial flour mix, lighter blends such as Cup4Cup, GF Jules, Better Batter, or Mama’s almond flour blend will work best. I don’t recommend Bob’s Red Mill, Namaste, or Sunflour Mills for this recipe. 
  • You can find buttermilk powder on the baking aisle alongside the dry milk and cocoa powder.
  • If you would like to make this dairy free, you can substitute 1 tsp cider vinegar for the buttermilk powder and a dairy free buttery spread for the butter.

Ingredients:

1 T yeast

1 T sugar or honey

1/2 cup + 2 T warm water (barely warmer than room temp)

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix-see notes

1/2 cup potato starch (substitute with flour mix if using GF Jules or Better Batter)

1 T buttermilk powder (we use Saco-it’s gluten free) OR 1 tsp cider vinegar

1 tsp xanthan gum if using my flour mix OR 2 tsp if using a flour mix which doesn’t have xanthan gum added OR no added xanthan if using GF Jules or Better Batter

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1/2 c butter, almost melted

About 1/4 cup potato starch for dusting

2-3 T butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Stir yeast and sugar into warm water. Let stand a few minutes until good and bubbly and almost doubled in size.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together flour mix, potato starch, buttermilk powder, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of KitchenAid stand mixer, or large bowl.
  3. Add egg, 1/2 c butter, and yeast mixture (be sure to scrape all of yeast mixture into the bowl) and mix with paddle attachment for 3-5 minutes. Don’t skimp on the time, gluten free products need plenty of mixing to remove grittiness and bind the ingredients together.
  4. The dough should be like a really thick, sticky batter, too soft and sticky to handle as you would regular roll dough-that’s where the extra starch comes in:
  5. Generously dust your countertop with 2-3 T of the extra potato starch. Be pretty generous here.
  6. Scrape the dough into a ball shape on your dusted counter and evenly sprinkle the dough with another 1-2 T potato starch.
    1. For crescent rolls: Using a rolling pin, roll dough out to about 1/8″ thick circle. Brush with 1 T melted butter, just enough to cover the surface. Using a pizza slicer (or very sharp knife) that has been dusted in starch, cut the circle into 8 different wedges. Carefully roll each wedge inward to form a crescent. If dough sticks to counter, you have not put enough starch down. No worries, this happened to me too! Use a metal spatula to scrape extra potato starch onto the bottom of the dough as you roll it up. Gently pinch the end to secure the roll so it won’t lose shape as it bakes. Use a little water to help if necessary. Gently place a few inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and curve them slightly to form a crescent shape.
    2. For round dinner rolls:  Divide dough that has been covered with starch into 14 pieces. Gently shape each piece into a ball and place 7 each into two greased round cake pans.
  7. Let rise in a warm (but not too warm) place for 20-30 minutes. I turn my oven to 150°, then turn it off and leave the door open for 2 minutes before placing my rolls inside and closing the door. If the temperature is too hot, it will kill the yeast and your rolls won’t rise. Not warm enough and they will take longer to rise and might not hold up so well.
  8. When they have almost doubled in size, gently remove from the oven and preheat it to 350. Meanwhile, very gently brush the tops with a little milk or melted butter to help them brown.
  9. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Gluten free breads tend to not brown as much, so don’t wait for these to be well browned before pulling them out or they may dry out. Flake with a fork in the center of a roll to see if it’s done. Mine were done in about 11 minutes.
  10. Brush with additional melted butter and serve warm for best results. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. These can easily be re-warmed by wrapping in foil and placing in a 325 degree oven for about 5 minutes from fridge or 10 minutes from freezer. 

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23 Comments

    1. Hi Donna! I don’t use arrowroot as I don’t like the taste, so I’m not sure if you could substitute. Please let us know how it turns out if you try it!

      Gluten free breads don’t have a very long shelf life, but they also get dry and crumbly when you store them in the fridge, so either store on the counter and use within a few days, or freeze what you won’t use in that time period. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rolls!

  1. I tried these for our Christmas dinner. I followed the recipe exactly (even made your flour mix). I was pretty excited as I rolled the dough out and shaped it into the crescent rolls. Even more excited when they came out of the oven. Then they fell as they cooled. The taste was ok- a little sweeter than we like but than can be adjusted. What can be done to keep them from falling?

  2. Can you use this to make a pizza dough? I can’t find a pizza dough recipe listed on the site anywhere. Could this be adapted?

        1. Hi Missy, Unfortunately the pizza crust I previously linked to was taken down. I have been meaning to try this crescent roll recipe as a pizza crust, because I think it would work! If you try it before I do, let me know how it turns out :)

  3. The ingredients say to use 1/2 c of butter but the directions only say to add 4T. What did i miss? I keep rereading it…?

    1. So sorry Kandi, you add the entire 1/2 cup, I updated the recipe to reflect that. Thanks for catching it! ~Celeste

  4. Hello – I’m new to GF baking and I’ve purchased Cup4Cup without reading website reviews. If I use this starchy GF flour to make the crescent rolls, do I still need to add potato starch? Have you ever made breads using C4C flour? Any help is appreciated.

    1. Hi Teesha! Welcome to the world of gluten free ? I do like Cup4Cup flour, but I don’t use it for this particular recipe because the texture doesn’t turn out as well. I would suggest using gfJules, Better Batter, or my homemade mix (link in recipe). Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions, gluten free baking has a learning curve but it gets easier with time and practice!

  5. I just wanted to let you know that I made these and they came out great! I used your flour blend, but substituted arrowroot for the tapioca as I am allergic to tapioca.

    Also, I made them a few days ahead, rolled them up and flash froze them on a baking sheet. I stored them in a plastic container in my freezer and I pulled them out about an hour before I needed them. I let them come to room temperature and they rose up nicely (my kitchen is VERY warm) and baked beautifully.

    Thank you!

    1. Love this Janine! Thanks so much for sharing your success. Glad you got to enjoy some delicious homemade rolls :) -Celeste

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