Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls with Cherries

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 1 reviews

Breads and Muffins Desserts

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 03:57 pm

Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls are the perfect coffee companion, a delectable pastry filled with juicy cherries that is flaky, sweet and aromatic.

I love cherry desserts, and among my other favorite once are Lemon Cherry Cheese Danish and Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.

Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls with Cherries

This is one nostalgic recipe! In Eastern Europe, these rolls are very popular and people usually make them for Christmas and Easter. I was always looking forward to winter vacation to go visit my grandparents and stuff my face with homemade pastries. Also, I used to wake up to the amazing aroma of freshly baked homemade sweet crescent rolls that were stuffed with gem or cherries. The sweet scent made the house smell amazing and well worth the wake up call on a cold winter morning.

Its not a secret that I love dessert for breakfast. I am a total believer that starting your day with something sweet brings you luck. Just look at this pastry basket, isn’t it the perfect coffee companion?

These mini rolls are super addictive. Firstly, the flaky dough is just slightly sweet mostly from the sugar topping. Usually, I choose to fill mine with cherries, since I am forever obsessed and totally in love with them. Also, I used canned sour cherries, but you can totally use fresh once. However, I prefer canned since they are pitted, and in my opinion juicier, since they retain some of the juice after draining.

In addition, the rolls can be stuffed with chopped chocolate, gems, slices of apple, or other mixes.

I am always in a great mood when I have these on hand. They are the perfect pick me up dessert. Because the softness, flakiness and the sweetness combined with the sour cherries create the perfect blend of flavors.
Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls

Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls are the perfect coffee companion, a delectable pastry filled with juicy cherries that is flaky, sweet and aromatic.
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Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 40 servings
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (not boiling)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling)
  • 1 egg (beaten and or melted butter, for brushing)
  • 2 cups canned sour cherries (pitted and drained)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (for topping)


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, yeast and sugar. Mix until combined. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes until its foamy. Once the yeast has proofed and is foamy, add the warm milk, butter, salt and flour. Using a dough hook, knead the dough on medium-high speed for about five minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. It will seem sticky at first, but keep mixing and it will become smooth.
  • Knead the dough into a smooth ball. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rise at room temperature for 30-60 minutes.
  • Remove dough from the bowl and divide in many small round balls. Take one ball at a time and roll out on a lightly floured surface into a circle that’s about 1/4th inch thick. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife cut the circle/dough in half lengthwise, and then cut the dough into triangles. Place the desired filling 1/4 inches from the triangle edge, fold the edged and using both hands, roll the crescent up. Place on a baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart, cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough balls.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Before baking, brush each roll with the beaten egg wash and sprinkle sugar on top of it. Bake rolls for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Alina Vicu

Superbe imagini, iar cornurile sunt o delicatesa!


Merci mult Alina :)


Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

These crescent rolls look delicious! They are so pretty too!


They taste incredible, and so easy to make!


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Hi K, thanks for visiting and I am glad that you like my blog. I just checked your recipes and they look delicious, keep up the good job and good luck to you! :)


Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

These rolls look delicious! Plus it's fun to learn about different types of traditions there are in other places! Thanks for sharing!


Hi Shelby, I am always looking forward to learn about different traditions and try new food :) thanks for visiting!



cornurile astea imi fac cu ochiul. Tre sa le in erc si eu numaidecat.


Eu nu ma puteam opri de la mancat :) sunt delicioase!


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