Gluten Free Apple Crescent Rolls Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Crescent Rolls Recipe

It’s the time of year when all the apple recipes come out, and this gluten free apple crescent roll recipe is a perfect addition to your autumn recipe box! They’re super simple to make, and can be bite-sized finger foods for parties or larger rolls served with an impressive dollop of your favorite ice cream.

gluten free apple crescent rolls served - gfJules

Shorter triangles of dough will only wrap around apple slices once or twice (like the one on the front of the tray); longer triangles of dough (as pictured on the back of the tray) wrap around more times. Choose the proportion of dough-to-apple you prefer when cutting your dough triangles.


This dough makes a yummy, sweet, crunchy gluten free crescent roll substitute for all kinds of desserts, including this one! Get creative and shape it in other pretty ways, with or without the apples.

I can see mini-pies made in muffin cups with pumpkin, or enveloping a wheel of brie, topped with cranberry preserves. There are so many yummy possibilities!

When you use my gfJules™ Gluten Free All Purpose Flour to make this dough, it’s easy to work with, not brittle or crumbly, so you can wrap the dough around any number of sweet treats!

*Note: If you’re looking for a more savory or puffed crescent roll recipe more akin to those refrigerated Crescent Rolls we all remember, try my puffy yeasted Crescent Rolls recipe which I love for things like Pigs in a Blanket and dinner rolls.


Gluten Free Apple Crescent Rolls Recipe

gluten free apple crescent rolls served - gfJules
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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes + 2 hours chilling time
  • Cook Time: 12-14 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20, depending on size


Crescent Roll Pastry:


  • 3 Tbs. melted butter or non-dairy alternative, softened (I used Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 apples, sliced into thick wedges with the skin on (I used organic Gala)
  • Milk or olive oil for brushing on tops to help them brown (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Demerara sugar for tops after baking (optional)


Beat together butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk gfJules™ flour and salt, then stir into the cream cheese mixture until a smooth dough is formed.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Chilling the dough will help it be less sticky and easier to work with.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare two baking sheets by lining with parchment paper and setting aside.

Dust a clean counter or pastry mat well with more gfJules™ flour or cornstarch. Divide the dough in half and re-wrap one half, returning to the refrigerator.

gluten free apple crescent rolls making - gfJulesRoll out the other half to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut strips as wide as your apple slices. Cut each strip into elongated triangles, at least 8-9 inches long (the longer the triangle of dough, the more times it will wrap around the apple, so decide if you want more pastry or more apple in each baked crescent).

Brush each triangle with melted butter, then lightly sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans, if using (see photo for amount to sprinkle). Lay one apple slice at the wide end of each triangle and begin rolling the dough up around the apple like a log. If there is extra dough on the ends extending beyond the apple slice, curl it around to form a crescent shape. Transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet, brush with milk and sprinkle with Demerara sugar, if desired. Repeat with remaining dough and apples, gathering up any scraps of dough and re-rolling, if necessary.

gluten free apple crescent making 2 - gfJules

Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Remove to cool on wire racks. Serve on their own or with ice cream or yogurt.

Makes 16-20 crescent rolls, depending on size.

Gluten Free Apple Crescent Rolls by gfJules

These little gluten free apple crescent rolls are super simple to make as bite-sized finger foods or larger rolls served with a dollop of ice cream.

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25 thoughts on “Gluten Free Apple Crescent Rolls Recipe

    • Hi Raquel, I haven’t tried that. Cream cheese is a very different consistency and moisture level. I think before I tried that sub, I’d use a vegan butter, but if you want to give it a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out! 🙂

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  2. I can’t wait to try this! I made the apple bites for my in-laws when they were visiting; but sadly, I couldn’t have any since I used regular, store-bought crescent rolls. Now I can have some too! YAY! Thanks, Jules!

  3. I’m going to try the pastry part of this recipe in another application. I want to cut strips of rolled-out dough and use them to wrap hotdogs, baking them and turning them into something looking like mummies, using something black for eyes peaking out. I saw a photo of this once, from a Pillsbury crescent roll recipe.

  4. Hi, just bought your flour, haven’t tried it yet – but can you tell me, is there any difference or benefit in using salt free butter in recipes – other than it being less salty?

    • Hi Ruthie – thanks for writing and I’m happy to help! Salt free butter just allows you — the baker — to decide how much salt you want in your recipe. No other difference in performance. Hope that helps!
      Enjoy the flour and happy baking!

    • Hi Janet, there are 100grams of my gfJules flour in the sample and it comes with a recipe to use that exact amount to try.
      Hope that helps!