Ham and Cream Cheese Croissants

Make Ahead Croissant Dough

Homemade bread is a comfort food I enjoy baking. Special memories of my childhood include eating Sunday dinner at grandma’s house. We all loved her homemade rolls. My copy of grandma’s recipe written on a slip of paper for me is a treasured keepsake.  I’ve made dozens of roll recipes in my lifetime, but only a few remain as favorites. Our daughter asked me to bring homemade rolls this past Thanksgiving, and I considered making grandma’s rolls, but opted for these buttery croissants instead. After dinner, she told me the rolls were the best I’d ever made. This recipe requires you to make the dough at least 4 hours in advance so the butter has plenty of time to chill. It’s a convenient recipe to make ahead and saves time the day you choose to make the rolls. The recipe comes from Colorado Cache Cookbook, a hospitality gift from a college friend’s sister who lived with us in Colorado for 3 months while she was taking classes for a graduate degree. The pages are spattered with flour and smudged with butter, leaving clues that the recipe’s a favorite!

Easy Croissant Dough

Easy Croissant Dough-Chopped rosemary was added to the dough ingredients before the flour was incorporated.


In addition to dinner rolls, crescent roll dough offers many possibilities as a foundation for quick and easy desserts, main dish, or appetizers.  This dough has been a go to recipe for our household for several decades. When I make a recipe calling for crescent roll dough, I usually opt to make this dough over buying packaged dough.

Easy Croissant Dough was used in a yummy dessert recipe using pumpkin found here. Because I doubled the recipe when making Pumpkin Crescents for a tea, leftover dough was used for a snack for husband by spreading the dough with cream cheese and topping it with chopped ham before rolling up the dough. Thin slices of packaged ham works well also.

Ham and Cream Cheese Croissants

Spread dough with cream cheese and chopped ham for an easy to carry sandwich or satisfying snack.


Ham and Cream Cheese Croissants

Ham and Cream Cheese Croissants

I’ll be making this recipe for dinner rolls on Christmas because I can quickly roll them up to bake on Christmas morning to have them fresh for dinner after church. We like to add chopped rosemary to the dough which adds to the flavor and fragrance of the fresh rolls.

I pray you have a blessed Christmas celebrating Emmanuel!

2 Responses to Make Ahead Croissant Dough

  1. Janet Bamesberger December 19, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    You make so many people smile when you serve up your wonderful recipes! 😊

  2. Gretchen Carlson December 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    I plan to try this recipe for a prayer breakfast for state legislators in January! Joanne, I marvel at your many talents: cooking, gardening, quilting, photography, and best of all — being such a lovely friend.

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