Savory, buttery and unbelievably delicious, these Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins are the perfect complement to any meal.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

A Savory Dinner Cruffin

I knew if I was going to earn my crown as the Cruffin Queen of the Internet, I just had to create a savory cruffin recipe. It’s all about balance! So here they are, my Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins. They’re unbelievably delicious and the perfect complement to any meal. You definitely need these in your life!

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

Watch me Make Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins

Join me in the kitchen to make a batch of these savory, scrumptious dinner cruffins!

What is a Cruffin?

What’s a cruffin? A cruffin is a cross between a croissant (or crescent roll) and a muffin. Not to be mistaken for a puffin, a puff pastry muffin combo (also an adorable sea bird), or a biffin, a muffin made with biscuit dough. Though, both of those sound delicious!

Usually, cruffins are a sweet breakfast treat. But in this case, they are savory dinner rolls that go great with any meal. Serve them with a casual weeknight meal, Sunday dinner, or add them to the bread basket at Thanksgiving. They’re sure to be a hit!

What’s the difference between crescent roll and puff pastry? Great question! They’re both laminated doughs, but crescent roll dough contains yeast that makes them bake up puffy and light. Which is the texture we’re going for!

Why are you using store-bought dough? We actually made cruffins years ago with homemade dough (to replicate the famous ones at Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC), but that was way too much work for every day baking. So, I created a quick recipe using canned crescent roll dough and here we are! My cruffin recipes include:

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

What is in Garlic Herb Parmesan Cruffins?

The ingredients in these savory cruffins are so simple and scrumptious.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins

  • First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Add the softened butter to a small mixing bowl. Stir in the minced garlic, chopped fresh parsley and salt. Reserve 1/4 cup for brushing on top of the cruffins.
  • With a rolling pin, roll out each sheet of the crescent roll dough so you have 3 larger rectangles that are slightly larger than what you started with and the perforated lines are blended back together.
  • Spread a thin layer of the butter mixture onto each crescent roll sheet. Sprinkle each sheet with about 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese.
  • Starting on the long end of the rectangle, roll up the dough into a log. Cut the dough in half, giving you two shorter logs. Then cut each of those logs in half, lengthwise. Repeat with the other two sheets. When you’re finished, you should have 12 pieces.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

  • Take each piece and wrap it around your finger to form the shape of a muffin, with the layered side facing out. Check out this video for a step-by-step! Place each rolled piece in the greased muffin pan.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

  • Melt reserved butter mixture and brush on top of cruffins and then sprinkle with the remaining grated parmesan.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until the cruffins are golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

How to Serve and Store Cruffins

Serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftover cruffins in an airtight container on the counter for three days. You can reheat the cruffins, loosely covered in foil, in a 350°F oven for about 5 minutes or until heated through. You can also warm them individually in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

Can I make cruffins ahead and freeze them? Yes! If you’re prepping for Thanksgiving or a big meal, you can make these cruffins in advance and freeze them.

To freeze cruffins, first let them cool completely. I recommend wrapping them individually in plastic wrap then putting in a freezer-safe container or in individual freezer-safe baggies. To defrost, let them set at room temperature, uncovered, so they don’t absorb too much of the moisture. They should maintain great quality if frozen for 2-3 months.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

More Rolls, Breads and Biscuits to Serve with Dinner

  • 5-Ingredient Homemade French Bread – Perfectly crusty on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, this 5-Ingredient Homemade French Bread is just waiting for a smear of butter. And with only five ingredients, it’s surprisingly simple to make and so delicious to eat!
  • Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits –  Bring flaky, buttery, comforting goodness to any meal with these buttermilk biscuits. Made from simple ingredients, they’re wholesome, delicious and sure to be a crowd favorite!
  • Dinner Rolls – Warm buttery Dinner Rolls with a crisp outside and soft inside that go great with just about any meal!
  • 5-Ingredient Flaky Cheddar Biscuits – Ready in  just 15 minutes. The flakiest, butteriest, cheddar biscuits you’ll ever eat!

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

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Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins by The BakerMama

Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cruffins 1x

Description

Savory, buttery and unbelievably delicious, these Garlic Parmesan Herb Cruffins are the perfect complement to any meal.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Add the softened butter to a small mixing bowl. Stir in the minced garlic, chopped fresh parsley and salt. Reserve 1/4 cup for brushing on top of the cruffins.
  4. With a rolling pin, roll out each sheet of the crescent roll dough so you have 3 larger rectangles that are slightly larger than what you started with and the perforated lines are blended back together.
  5. Spread a thin layer of the butter mixture onto each crescent roll sheet.
  6. Sprinkle each sheet with about 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese.
  7. Starting on the long end of the rectangle, roll up the dough into a log.
  8. Cut the dough in half, giving you two shorter logs.
  9. Then cut each of those logs in half, lengthwise.
  10. Repeat with the other two sheets. When you’re finished, you should have 12 pieces.
  11. Take each piece and wrap it around your finger to form the shape of a muffin, with the layered side facing out.
  12. Place each rolled piece in the greased muffin pan.
  13. Melt reserved butter mixture and brush on top of cruffins. and then sprinkle with the remaining grated parmesan.
  14. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until the cruffins are golden brown on top.
  15. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  16. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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    1. Hi, Linda! Yes! prepare them completely through the point of placing them in the muffin pan and then cover the muffin pan tightly with plastic wrap. Place the muffin pan in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to bake, let them set, covered, at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking as directed in the recipe. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

    1. Hi, Kerie! I would recommend baking first before freezing. Let cool completely and then place in a sealed freezer-safe bag or container in the freezer (they can stay there for up to 2 months). When ready to enjoy, let defrost at room temperature and then reheat in the microwave for about 15 seconds or better yet in a 250°F oven until warmed through and crisped a bit again on top.

  1. I made these for a Friendsgiving dinner, and they were an absolute hit! Definitely will make them again!