Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

These quick and easy Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls are made with just 3 ingredients! They’re a savory snack or appetizer that’s guaranteed to get gobbled up by any crowd.

A close-up shot of sausage cream cheese crescent rolls piled into a large baking dish

An Easy Appetizer Everyone Loves

Get acquainted with these drool-worthy bites of sausage cream cheese goodness – you will want to whip them up over and over again! I’ve made them for lunch dates, tailgates, book club gatherings and more. They’ve been a smash-hit every single time.

Whenever I need a savory treat that’s capable of feeding a crowd, I know I can count on these sausage crescent rolls. They may be the easiest appetizer ever created! I dare you to find someone who doesn’t like them – I’m convinced it’s not possible. They have a serious knack for hitting the spot.

What You’ll Need

Let’s talk about the trifecta of ingredients you’ll need to make these addicting cream cheese crescent rolls.

  • Cream Cheese: I recommend bringing your cream cheese to room temperature.
  • Sausage: Use your favorite kind. Not one encased and in link form, since you’ll want to be able to crumble it.
  • Crescent Rolls: We like the classic Pillsbury ones.
Savory sausage pinwheels inside of a large serving dish on top of a marble surface

How to Make Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Follow the instructions below to transform your ingredients into the ultimate appetizer.

  1. Heat Oven: Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook Sausage: Crumble up the sausage and cook it thoroughly in a pan. Drain the fat from the pan and allow the sausage to cool.
  3. Combine with Cream Cheese: Add the cream cheese and the sausage to a large bowl and mix well to combine.
  4. Prepare Crescent Dough: Open the package of crescents and roll out the dough into a rectangle on a flat surface without separating the crescents. Press together and seal the perforated lines in the rolls.
  5. Add Sausage Mixture: Spoon the sausage and cream cheese mixture onto the dough, spreading it out evenly across the surface of the dough.
  6. Roll & Chill: Roll the dough up lengthwise. Wrap it in parchment paper and refrigerate it for at least 20 minutes, or throw it into the freezer if you’re in a hurry. You could also make it the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight.
  7. Cut & Bake: Cut the chilled dough log into 1/4-inch slices and place them onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake the crescent rolls for about 13-15 minutes, or until the tops become golden.
  8. Enjoy! Serve warm.
A large ceramic tub filled with sausage cream cheese crescent rolls

Tips for Success

I know this recipe is incredibly easy, but it never hurts to have some extra advice. Here’s mine:

  • Drain the Sausage Well: Be sure to drain all of the fat from the pan before you set your sausage aside to cool. You don’t want to add any excess moisture to the crescent rolls.
  • Prepare the Dough Over the Parchment Paper: It’s super helpful to lay out the dough over the sheet of parchment paper you will use to wrap up the log. If you place it directly onto the flat surface, it could end up sticking and ripping when you try to roll it up.
  • Don’t Forget to Chill the Dough Log: If you don’t chill the dough log, it won’t be firm enough to cut into slices. Refrigerate it for at least 20 minutes or pop it into the freezer for at least 8-10.

Variation Ideas

Feeling adventurous? Try one of these tasty crescent roll variations!

  • Use Another Kind of Meat: I personally love how these taste with sausage, but you can make them with any meat you’re craving. Try using chicken or pork!
  • Use a Different Cheese: Any soft, spreadable cheese can be used in place of the cream cheese.
  • Add Veggies: As long as you dice them into small chunks, any veggies can be added to these crescent rolls. Tomatoes, broccoli, onions, jalapeños—there are tons of possibilities!
Sausage pinwheels garnished with freshly chopped herbs on top of a kitchen counter

Storage and Reheating

Once they’ve cooled, leftover crescent rolls should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy them within 2-3 days for optimal freshness. You can warm them up in the microwave or reheat them in a 350°F oven until they’re warmed through.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes, you can! Place the cooled crescent rolls into a freezer-safe container and store them for up to 2 months. Thaw them out in the fridge before reheating them.

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A close-up shot of sausage cream cheese crescent rolls piled into a large baking dish
Recipe

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 25
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These quick and easy Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls are made with just 3 ingredients! They’re a savory snack or appetizer that’s guaranteed to get gobbled up by any crowd.


Ingredients

  • 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1 package of crescent rolls

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Crumble sausage and cook thoroughly in a pan. Drain fat from pan and allow sausage to cool.
  3. Combine cream cheese and sausage in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Open package of crescents and roll out into a rectangle on a flat surface without separating the crescents. Press together and seal the perforated lines in the rolls.
  5. Spoon sausage and cream cheese mixture onto the dough, spreading all over.
  6. Roll the dough lengthwise. Wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, or throw it in the freezer if you’re in a hurry. You could also make it the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. The main thing is to get the roll firm enough to slice easily.
  7. Cut slices to about 1/4 inch and place on cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for about 13-15 minutes or until they are golden on top.

Notes

  • Makes 20-25 crescent rolls.
  • To Store & Reheat: Store cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 2 days. Reheat in the microwave or a 350°F oven until warmed through.
  • To Freeze: Place cooled crescent rolls into a freezer-safe container and store for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Pinwheel
  • Calories: 178
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 232.8 mg
  • Fat: 14.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.7 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.4 mg

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  1. Catrina

    I was just wondering if it would be okay if I used bacon instead of sausage? hosting a small dinner and was just wondering because we have a lot of bacon lovers and i’m not to big on sausage.

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