Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls


These sweet potato crescent rolls are a family favorite, given to me by a very special friend!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
36 rolls


  • 1 cup warm water

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • 1 (15 ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • ¼ cup salted butter, melted


  1. Place water in a large bowl. Add yeast and stir to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Mash sweet potatoes in a small bowl, then add to yeast mixture with sugar, shortening, egg, and salt; beat with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in 3 cups flour, then add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough forms.

  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Punch dough down and divide into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-inch circle, then cut each circle into 12 wedges. Brush wedges with melted butter and roll, starting from the wide ends, into crescent shapes. Place crescents, pointed-ends down, on greased baking sheets. Let rise until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 54mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.