Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

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December 22, 2022
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If you’re a fan of savory recipes, then these Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls are insanely good. Refrigerated crescent rolls are filled with a delicious mixture of sausage and cream cheese, making for a satisfying and flavorful breakfast. They’re quick and easy to make and are sure to be a hit with the whole family. Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast on-the-go or a tasty snack to share with friends, these sausage cream cheese crescent rolls are sure to satisfy. So let’s get started!

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Why I Love Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Last week our family celebrated our first family reunion. We’ve been to plenty of family reunions before but they were with lots of our extended family. This was our first with just our immediate kids and grandkids.

In planning the menu for this event, I really had to think hard about what food would be acceptable for the adults all the way down to what our sweet little one-year-old grandson will eat. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to cook for picky little eaters!

Breakfast was a no-brainer with these sausage cream cheese crescent rolls. They were quick and easy to make and fed the whole bunch in no time. I made a double recipe and served them with scrambled eggs and fresh fruit. It was a perfect match.

No matter if you are cooking for just your family or a whole crew, they are going to LOVE these sausage cream cheese crescents. Besides, you can never go wrong with any recipe that has cream cheese, right?!!

What Are Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Sausage cream cheese crescent rolls are a type of savory pastry made with refrigerated crescent dough, cooked pork breakfast sausage, and cream cheese. The sausage and cream cheese are mixed together and then rolled into the crescent roll dough, either into a braid or log, or individual rolls and pinwheels. They are then baked until golden brown and flaky. These rolls are often a breakfast recipe but can also be served as an appetizer or as a main dish.

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls Ingredients

Can you believe this easy breakfast recipe only need three simple ingredients? You have to love recipes like this!

  • Ground breakfast sausage
  • Cream cheese
  • Refrigerated crescent rolls
Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

How to Make Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Simple is the name of the game with this breakfast recipe! Three ingredients and a bit of assembly is all it takes.

Time needed: 45 minutes

How to Make Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

    A hot oven is essential for the crescent rolls to puff up and bake as they should

  2. Cook the sausage

    Be sure to cook the sausage thoroughly, until there is no pink remaining. Drain away any moisture or fat that is in the pan after it finished cooking.

  3. Soften the cream cheese

    You can either leave the cream cheese on the counter to soften to room temperature or use the microwave.

  4. Make the filling

    Combine the cooked and drained sausage with the room temperature cream cheese. 

  5. Assemble the rolls

    You can either make this into a log shape and cut it into pieces after it bakes, or assemble them into individual rolls or pinwheels.

  6. Bake the sausage cream cheese crescent rolls

    It will take about 25 minutes to bake as a log, or about 15 minutes as individual rolls or pinwheels. You want a golden brown color on the top and bottom of the rolls.

  7. Serve

    These rolls are best served hot, straight from the oven.

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents FAQs

Can I make these as individual crescents or in pinwheels?

Yes, this recipe works very well as individual serving rolls. Use one triangle of the refrigerated crescent roll dough and spread them with the filling. Either roll them up into pinwheels or fold and seal the triangle around the filling. You will bake the rolls at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown. 

Can I use an air fryer to cook these crescents?

Yes, if you make this recipe into individual rolls or pinwheels, you can easily make these in an air fryer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you will only be able to make a few of them at a time but it is a convenient option. When you put them in the basket of the air fryer, you need to leave enough space between each roll for them to puff up and for the hot air to easily circulate between the crescent rolls. Air fry them at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown. 

How to make sausage cream cheese crescent rolls healthier

There are a few simple swaps you can make that will result in healthier rolls that are lower in fat and calories. First, use turkey sausage instead of pork. Second, substitute Neufchatel cheese for the cream cheese. And lastly, grab the reduced-fat crescent rolls out of the refrigerator section of your grocery store.

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls
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Recipe Variations

Being a home cook provides endless opportunities to experiment with recipes, personalizing them to your tastes and creativity. Any of the following variations would be great spin-offs of these sausage cream cheese crescent rolls.

  • Add sweetness by using maple breakfast sausage instead of the plain version. Or, you can add a drizzle of maple syrup to the cream cheese mixture. 
  • Include some spice with a squeeze of your favorite hot sauce into the cream cheese or a few shakes of red pepper flakes. You could also use spicy Italian sausage in place of the regular breakfast sausage.
  • Increase the protein by adding some cooked bacon pieces or diced ham in with the sausage. Or, you could completely swap out the sausage all together and use one of the other proteins instead. 
  • Make it cheesy with some shredded Colby jack cheese, blue cheese, or Swiss cheese folded into the cream cheese and sausage mixture. It will add a bit more depth of flavor to the filling. 
  • Add some veggies into the cream cheese mixture for some additional flavor. Diced green onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and olives would all be delicious additions. 
  • Make it lighter and use turkey sausage, light cream cheese, and reduced-fat refrigerated crescent rolls.

What to Serve With Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents

Since these delicious breakfast rolls are creamy, buttery, and savory, you want to find side dishes that create a nice balance. Think of items that are light and fresh to pair with this recipe. Here are a few suggestions:

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Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

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Delicious breakfast recipe made from refrigerated crescent rolls! So easy and yummy.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 12 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound of regular Jimmy Dean Sausage
  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 8oz block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Brown and drain sausage.
  3. Microwave cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds to soften or soften to room temperature.
  4. Mix cream cheese with sausage.
  5. Open your crescent rolls but do not pull the triangles apart. You are going to make two long rolls with this recipe.
  6. Spray your baking sheet with a cooking spray.
  7. Place 4 triangles of crescent roll dough lengthwise onto your baking sheet.
  8. Press any holes that you see together to seal the dough.
  9. Fill with half of the cream cheese and sausage mixture.
  10. Top with the remaining crescent roll dough and press all holes together along with all the sides to seal the entire loaf.
  11. Do the above again with the remaining dough and mixture to make two loaves
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 roll
  • Calories: 424
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 833 mg
  • Fat: 34 g
  • Saturated Fat: 13 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Cholesterol: 74 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

6 comments

Diane Urchek
9 years ago

I love this site. I would like to see more.

Carole
9 years ago

🙂

Gabriella Naine
3 years ago

These look delicious! How would you adapt the recipe to make it a freezer meal? Would you freeze them after they’ve been cooked and cooled? Or would you freeze them before they’re baked?

Carole
3 years ago

Hello Gabriella! You could do either, just depends on what you are wanting. If you freeze them after they are baked, you can just pop them into the microwave before eating and they are super quick. If you have the time to preheat the oven and wait for them to bake, yes, you can freeze them after they are assembled. You will need to add more time to the oven time since it will be baked from frozen.

Susan Preuss
2 years ago

I have been making this every year for family & friends! Awesome recipe!

Carole
2 years ago

Love hearing that Susan!

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