Icebox Butterhorns

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Icebox Butterhorns

These Icebox Butterhorns are a delightful treat, perfect for breakfast or as a sweet addition to your tea time. The recipe allows for overnight refrigeration, making the dough easy to handle and resulting in soft, fluffy crescents.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Rolls
Calories 200 kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • – Baking Sheets
  • Non-stick spray
  • Rolling pin (optional)
  • Pastry brush (for butter)


  • 375 grams 6 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 7 grams package 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 100 grams 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 grams 1 teaspoon salt
  • 480 ml 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons warm milk
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 180 ml 3/4 cup melted butter, plus more for brushing


  • Dough Preparation:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 375 grams of flour, 1 package of instant yeast, 100 grams of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Add 480 ml of warm milk and the beaten egg to the dry ingredients. Beat by hand until smooth.
  • Stir in 180 ml of melted butter, followed by an additional 375 grams of flour. The dough will be sticky. Do not knead.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  • Shaping the Butterhorns:
  • Approximately 2 hours before serving, remove the dough from the refrigerator.
  • Punch the dough down and divide it in half.
  • Roll or pat each portion into a 30 cm (12 inch) circle.
  • Make 6 cuts across each circle to create 12 equal-sized triangles.
  • Roll each triangle from the wide edge to shape into crescents, placing the point on the bottom.
  • Arrange the crescents on baking sheets lightly sprayed with non-stick spray, leaving enough room for them to expand.
  • Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size.
  • Baking:
  • Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).
  • Bake the butterhorns for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush with melted butter while hot.


Enjoy these heavenly Icebox Butterhorns, perfect for a cozy morning or an afternoon snack. The overnight resting period makes the dough delightfully easy to work with, resulting in irresistibly soft and buttery crescents.
• Ensure the milk is warm, not hot, to activate the yeast without killing it.
• You can add a touch of vanilla extract or cinnamon to the dough for extra flavor.
• These butterhorns are best served warm, but they can also be enjoyed at room temperature.
Keyword Icebox Butterhorns Yeast Rolls Sweet Rolls Breakfast Pastry Make-Ahead Dough Baked Goods

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