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. #easybreakfastrecipes #breakfastpastries #orangerolls

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Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents – Enjoy these warm, right from the oven for a special morning treat.

Howdy –

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 animals 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. 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. I promise you, that orange zest makes these breakfast crescents pop!

Let’s Talk Ingredients and Tools.

Cream cheese.  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!

Granulated sugar.  Sweetness! End of discussion.

Almond extract.  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.

Orange zest.  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.

The baking pan.  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. 🙂

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!

Easy Recipe Tips for Making Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents….or For Making Orange Breakfast Rolls

  • Can I make these into mini breakfast 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.
  • Can I cut this recipe in half?  You sure can and you will only need 1 roll of crescent roll dough to do so.  Also, a half a recipe bakes perfectly in an 8″ x 8″ baking pan or even a 9″ pie plate.
  • If I don’t have almond extract on hand, can I substitute vanilla extract instead?  Yes, and with no problem.  They will still be delicious!

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!Easy 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!


Printable Directions For Orange Breakfast Crescents – Just Print and Go

Easy Orange Breakfast Crescents
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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!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast crescent, easy breakfast pastry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes



  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into triangles. 

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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.  

  5. Remove crescents from the oven and immediately drizzle with the prepared glaze. Serve warm.

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Chef Alli

Please Note: This recipe was happily shared on The Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck and Southern Bite’s Meal Plan Monday!



Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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I love your recipes. They remind me of my mother’s baking when I was a child.

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