Are you looking for an easy breakfast pastry? These Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents are super simple to make and will be the best crescent at any breakfast or brunch! My husband asks for these all of the time. #easybreakfastrecipes #breakfastpastries #orangerolls
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I discovered this recipe in a Gooseberry Patch cookbook long ago. When you’ve got a hungry team of men (who have gotten up early to do chores ) anxiously waiting for breakfast, every minute saved is important! Our family makes caring for our livestock a priority, so we make sure they eat and are comfortable before we eat our own breakfast. These Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents are especially delicious right from the oven, slathered in a warm orange glaze.
Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents Aren’t the Same Without the Orange!
I love a good breakfast crescent, but the orange flavor in these pastries gives it that little extra something special. You can get this flavor with orange extract or an essential oil (use only the kind that is food-grade), but I prefer to get my orange flavoring straight from the fruit! To do that, I use my favorite flavor-tool: the Microplane Zester! This handy little tool quickly shaves all that flavorful citrus zest off of your oranges, adding TONS of flavor without any calories or fat. I promise you, that orange zest makes these breakfast crescents pop!
So. What Ingredients Will You Need for Making These Easy Crescent Rolls?
You can use full-fat cream cheese or one-third-less-fat cream cheese in this recipe. I’ve tried fat-free cream cheese before and it was a train wreck – I’ll never do that again. Total waste of my time and ingredients!
Sweetness! End of discussion.
I love keeping almond extract in my cupboard. I always add almond extract to my white cake mixes, homemade ice cream, and especially on hand for these Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents.
This is a very important ingredient in this recipe. I wouldn’t know this if I hadn’t tried it once….and once was all it took, believe me! Orange zest is a powerful ingredient and it takes these little breakfast pastries over the moon.
Crescent Roll Dough
You will find these in a refrigerated section of your favorite grocer, near the canned biscuits, pizza dough, and cookie dough, typically. Yes, you can absolutely make these pastries with the less-fat version of crescent roll dough – it works fine, though sometimes the less-fat dough is a bit harder to work with.
Powdered Sugar, Orange Zest, Melted Butter, Almond Extract, Orange Juice
These ingredients are combined to make the glaze. Yes, powdered sugar is the same thing as confectioner’s sugar. And, you can use orange juice right from the carton in this glaze, but since you are needing the orange for the zest in this recipe, why not pull out your citrus juicer and juice the orange at the same time? Super easy.
Easy Recipe Tips for Making Easy Orange Breakfast Rolls
Can I make these into mini breakfast rolls (rolled like cinnamon rolls) instead of crescents?
Absolutely, and it works perfectly. Rolling up each individual crescent takes more time, and this makes them have beautiful presentation for a special brunch or breakfast. But because I’m often scrambling to get more done than is ever possible, I quickly discovered a shortcut that tastes just as good! Just unroll the entire roll of crescent dough, pressing the seams closed so that it becomes a solid sheet of dough. Then, spread the cream cheese filling on top, roll up cinnamon roll-style, and slice the roll into individual 24-36 mini rolls, depending on how big you want them to be. As soon as they come out of the oven, pour the orange glaze over the top so it can make its way into every nook and cranny of each roll.
What kind of a baking pan should I use for baking these crescents?
I use a rimmed baking sheet when making these pastries as breakfast crescents. If I’m making them as little mini rolls, I use a 9 x 13 glass baking dish, but you could certainly divide them between two smaller baking pans if you feel like sharing with a friend – they will love you for it.
Can I cut this recipe in half?
What should I do if I don’t have almond extract on hand for this recipe?
That’s an easy one! Use vanilla extract – it will work just fine. I do prefer the almond extract along with the orange, but vanilla is still delicious.
What should I serve with the Orange Breakfast Crescents?
Orange breakfast crescents would pair perfectly with these Maple Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs and my Mason Jar Breakfast Parfaits for a delightful brunch spread! We also enjoy them served with a big bowl of fresh fruit. We have even been known to eat these breakfast rolls as a dessert because our family loves them so much. I often make them as gifts for people who’ve had a new baby or need some funeral food – everyone just loves them!
Will these Orange Breakfast Crescents freeze well?
Yes!!! And I’m so glad they do. I often double this recipe and make two pans of orange rolls (rolled up like cinnamon rolls), then freeze one pan to bake fresh later on. You’ll want to make sure you bake them from frozen – don’t thaw them first or they turn into a big pile of mush! Bake them on the center rack, fully frozen, uncovered, at 325 degrees F. until they are puffed and golden brown, then drizzle with the orange glaze while they are still hot. Super delish. 🙂
Can I use the low-fat version of crescent rolls to make this recipe?
Yep. I’ve done it before and the low-fat crescent rolls work just fine for this recipe. Sometimes I feel like the dough is a bit harder to work with than the regular full-fat type, but a little bit of flour on the counter top before you lay them out helps a ton.
Can I use low-fat cream cheese in this recipe?
Yes. I use the one-third-less-fat cream cheese for nearly all recipes at my house and it works great in this recipe – you won’t notice much of a difference.
I forgot to set my cream cheese out to soften for this recipe. Is there anything I can do in a hurry to soften it quicker?
Yep. I unwrap my cream cheese and place it into a glass mixing bowl, then put the bowl into the microwave. Set your microwave to 30 seconds at 30% power. Do this in intervals, testing the cream cheese with your finger after each one, checking to see if it’s as softened as you want it. Full power in the microwave will make your cream cheese too hot and it will also have a tendency to explode in there, too – which is totally no fun to clean up.
Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents – Enjoy these warm, right from the oven for a special morning treat.
Printable Directions For Making Orange Breakfast Crescents
Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents
Are you looking for an easy breakfast pastry? These Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents are super simple to make and will be the best crescent at any breakfast or brunch! My husband asks for these all of the time!
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 1 tsp fresh orange zest
- 2 rolls 8-count each refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. fresh orange zest
- 2 Tbs. melted butter
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 3-4 tsp. orange juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into triangles.
In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, extract, and orange zest until smooth. Divide the prepared cream cheese mixture between the 16 triangles, leaving a 1/8” border.
Starting at the widest part of each triangle of dough, roll up each one. Place each crescent onto a greased baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between each one. Bake crescents, uncovered, for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
While rolls are baking, combine all glaze ingredients in a small bowl and mix until smooth, adding the orange juice a bit at a time, as needed.
Remove crescents from the oven and immediately drizzle with the prepared glaze. Serve warm.
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Please Note: This recipe was happily shared on The Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck and Southern Bite’s Meal Plan Monday!