Crescent rolls are a type of baked good made from dough rolled into a crescent shape. They resemble croissants and are often served with meals or as a snack. Traditionally baked in the oven, there are benefits to knowing your options for microwaving crescent rolls.
Technically, no. You cannot make crescent rolls from scratch in a traditional microwave. You can’t use a microwave for baking unless you have a convection microwave oven.
A convection microwave oven works well for baking
Most crescent roll recipes call for using a baking sheet in a standard oven - or in some cases you can use a toaster oven. Although they will take longer to make, oven-baked crescent rolls will have a more traditional taste and fluffier texture.
A microwave will still technically cook the crescent roll. However, the dough will not rise in the microwave. The result will be a more dense version of the bread than oven-baked crescent rolls. If you’re in a pinch or don’t have an oven, microwaving crescent rolls can be a viable option.
Although you cannot make crescent rolls from scratch in the microwave, some pre-made crescent rolls allow you to use the microwave. The premade dough is already cooked, so you are technically reheating the rolls.
The easiest way to make crescent rolls in the microwave is to use a pre-made dough, like a Pillsbury Crescent Roll package. Premade crescent dough choices are available at most grocery stores in the baking aisle.
Once you have your premade crescent roll dough, follow the package instructions for shaping the Pillsbury crescent rolls. Then, place the rolls on a microwave-safe plate and cook them on high for the allotted time based on how many rolls you want to heat up simultaneously.
If your crescent rolls do not have instructions, start by cooking them for 30-second increments until heated.
You can also make crescent rolls from scratch using a microwave if you have a convection microwave that can bake. The dough will take longer to prepare, but you will have more control over the ingredients.
Crescent Roll Dough
To make crescent rolls from scratch in the microwave, start by mixing flour, salt, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Then, add water and oil until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let it sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, shape the dough into crescent rolls and place them on a microwave-safe plate.
Begin by cooking the rolls on high for 30-45 seconds and then test whether they are done. If more time is needed, continue baking at shorter intervals until cooked.
Yes, you can reheat crescent rolls in the microwave. This method provides a fast and easy way to heat your rolls without using your oven. If you have leftover crescent rolls, place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat them for 20-30 seconds.
Fully baked crescent rolls can be reheated in a microwave oven
You can also reheat crescent rolls that were store-bought and then frozen. To reheat frozen crescent rolls, place them on a microwave-safe plate and cook them for 60-90 seconds. After this allotted time, your crescent rolls will be warm and ready to enjoy.
Sometimes, the premade dough will have air fryer instructions on the packaging.
Using an air fryer to cook your crescent rolls will give them a crispy texture on the outside while still keeping them doughy in the center.
If you are using frozen crescent rolls, cook them in the air fryer at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for three to four minutes.
You can put them in for longer if they are not cooked after this initial heating process.
If using a microwave to heat your rolls, you may be concerned about their final taste. One way to make your rolls taste better is to smother them in cream cheese afterward. You can also add some honey or jam to your crescent rolls as a sweet treat. To stick with a classic crescent roll flavor, cut your roll open and spread an even layer of butter on the still-warm roll.
If you are looking for a quick lunch for your family, the classic pigs-in-a-blanket is made easier with the use of a microwave. Prepare your hotdogs by wrapping them in the crescent dough and placing them in the microwave. Cook for 30-second increments until the hotdogs are heated and the crescent dough is cooked.
The answer is yes, you can, but again only if your cinnamon roll recipe is microwavable. Pillsbury cinnamon rolls can be prepared in just 30 seconds in a microwave.