Cheesy Crescent Roll Leaves for your Thanksgiving bread basket

Once again, my edible craft has been inspired by beautiful autumn leaves and a bit of family tradition.
For many years my mom made Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for our family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Some years we actually got to eat them whole, while other times their blackened bottoms were cut off and we just ate the top, and a few times the poor rolls were forgotten, left to burn in the oven, and couldn’t be saved. As a kid we ate bread with most meals and to me bread was an integral part of Thanksgiving dinner. I was a picky child who ate one or two slices of turkey alongside some mashed potatoes and bread. I wanted my bread!

After enough years of being served black bottom dinner rolls, I took charge. Of course, I didn’t have much to do with the dozen other dishes being prepared, so I could make sure we had golden brown rolls for our meal.

Fast forward, to my life now, where I’ve experienced the stress of stuffing an oven full of dishes that need to be cooked at different temperatures for varying amounts of time then trying to get everything onto the table hot, I can totally relate to my mom’s dinner roll dilemma.

My solution – bake the crescent rolls ahead of time and either serve them cold or heat them up just for a few minutes. Once all the food has been removed from the oven, turn off the heat, set the tray of rolls in the oven. Be sure to set the timer for 4-5 minutes. That is enough time to get the other food on the table before grabbing the rolls and adding them to your bread basket.

Of course, you know me, I can’t serve just plain old dinner rolls, I have the unstoppable urge to make things look festive, so I cut the store bought dough using leaf shaped cookie cutters and topped them with cheese and some colorful additions. It took me less than ten minutes to create these pretty fall leaves and they will dress up my bread basket nicely this Thanksgiving.

Cheesy Leaf Shaped Crescent Rolls

               (makes 8-10 depending on the size of the cookie cutters you use)
1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets*
flour, to dust cutting board
1 tablespoon butter, melted
4 ounces finely shredded cheddar cheese
optional, Spanish Paprika and parsley

*I used Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets, but if you can’t find them, just use the regular crescent rolls, pinch the seams together really well, and proceed with the recipe. You can also use puff pastry or your own homemade dough. 

Special Supplies Needed:
cutting board
leaf shaped cookie cutters
baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Unroll Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet onto a cutting board that has been lightly dusted with flour. Cut using leaf shaped cookie cutters. 
Set your crescent roll leaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set your scraps of crescent roll dough on another baking sheet, if desired. 
Brush butter over each leaf shaped crescent roll. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over each leaf.

Optional – If you want, sprinkle on some paprika and/or parsley to add some color to your leaves.

Bake for 7-8 minutes until the rolls are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Bake your tray of scraps for 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Snack on them while you are working.

Once out of the oven, you can serve immediately, or allow them to cool, store them in an airtight container and re-heat just before serving. Place in a warm oven and heat for 3-5 minutes, just until warm.

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  1. says

    I found you during a search for information on modeling chocolate… and WOW am I happy I did that today! What a wonderful source you are for inspiring me in so many areas. I can't wait to make these leaves for Thanksgiving. You are incredibly generous and patient in sharing your knowledge. Thank you so much. I just signed up on your email list and am really forward to seeing "Beth" in my inbox.

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      Thanks Claudia, I'm glad you found the modeling chocolate information helpful and that you also found other projects of interest here. When I click on your name link your You Tube page doesn't pop up. I don't know why Blogger requires an account of sorts in order to leave a comment, but don't worry no one will find your page through the link as it comes up with an error page.

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    Just sent a comment – I didn't mean to have my YT channel visible with my name in comment section, but thought it was required for you – if possible, I'd prefer it not appear. Thanks again. You are terrific!

  3. says

    I will be making the Cheesy Crescent roll leaves this Thanksgiving. I just wrote down all the ingredients I need to buy to make it. Thanks for sharing such a cute recipe.

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