Lydia's Air Fryer Crescent Rolls Recipe – Luftfritteuse Hörnchen

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by: Lydia Fulson  /  Writer, Artist, Traveler, Granddaughter & Ever-Learning German Cook

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These delicious air fryer crescent rolls, aka Luftfritteuse Hörnchen, are stuffed, rolled, and baked to perfection! These sweet treats are perfect for company or your 3 o'clock coffee break. These are so quick and ever so simple to make, exactly how we like it!

It can be tricky to find a simple snack for one person. Everything comes in bulk or makes way too big of servings nowadays. These rolls are the perfect snack to make if you're craving something sweet and flavorful. It's great for two people, or one! 

These crescent rolls were filled with yummy Nutella. They tasted just as amazing as they look. The perfect dessert for one or two, give it a go!

I made these crescents using that SOOO German, good ol' fashioned Nutella! Don't they look amazing? They tasted just as good as they look. Yummy chocolate hazelnut filling accompanied by the sweet crescent dough. Can you smell it already? 

There are so many ways to make this recipe, whether you want them plain to dip into a warm homemade bowl of soup or stuffed with your choice of filling as a sweet dessert ... 

It really is an easy one, and there is no right or wrong way to roll and stuff the crescents. Just keep on scrolling, and you'll see our methods and our tips we have for you along the way. So, let's get baking!

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Down below, you can see how Oma and I have made them, some filled with poppy seed and some with lovely blueberry pie filling. You can see the yummy blueberry goodness oozing out the sides of this one, and boy, was it packed with wunderbar flavor.

This was my first recipe done in the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven, and judging by the taste and all the smiling thumbs-ups I received during coffee time, I'd say I did alright! Of course, I couldn't do it without Oma's guidance and beautiful picture-taking.

These delicious crescent rolls made just like Lydia in the air fryer are stuffed, rolled, and baked to perfection!

There are so many options when filling your crescents, and for us, we used our favorites! The classic poppy seed filling is Oma's absolute favorite. The rest we made blueberry, which, you guessed it, is mine. I love any recipe that allows me to be creative, especially with fruity flavors, and that's why this Crescent Rolls recipe is so fantastic!

When choosing your filling, keep in mind that the more liquid-based ones will run out the sides just like my blueberry filling. Simply drain the liquid before filling your crescents, and you shouldn't have too big of a mess.

As I mentioned earlier, how you fill your rolls is completely up to you and your preference. If you're a fruity person like I am, perhaps ...

  • Peaches
  • Jams
  • Drained pie fillings, such as cherry, apple, blueberry, etc.

If you're looking to keep it more traditionally German, poppy seed or Nutella is the way to go! 

Here's a glimpse of how to make this yummy Crescent Rolls recipe. You'll love making this!

Oma says,

As you can see above, Lydia did four on a parchment paper-lined tray and four on the baking tray (bottom drip tray). She baked one tray at a time on the middle shelf. The ones on the baking tray didn't need to be turned over halfway through the baking time.

Since you need to leave space between them, you can only do four at a time. If you decide to do them all on the baking tray, you'll need to have the remaining four ready to be placed quickly on the hot tray once the first batch is ready.

What's so great about the Air Fryer Oven?

The air fryer is such a handy machine to add to your kitchen collection. If you're looking for convenience, quality, and speed, this is the handy-dandy tool for you!

What makes it so great, you ask??

Its small size makes storing so easy, and it's such a time saver!

Say it's a hot summer day, you have your windows open, you're listening to the birds sing, you're dreading turning on the big oven and heating the house even more ... then hubby walks in, asking when you'll be starting the chicken for dinner. Have no fear! Just turn on your trusty little air fryer! I've never had such quick, delicious, crispy skin on a chicken before than the one that Oma and I made in the air fryer, and crispy skin is my favorite!

Is it safe??

If there's one thing I noticed about using the air fryer, it's that it doesn't produce a whole lot of heat. There is some heat coming out of the back of the oven, but not a concerning amount at all. But remember, it's always a good idea to pull your air fryer oven away from the wall, just so your heat does have somewhere to go.

You can make almost anything in this oven, and you'll be amazed by how simple it is to use and how much time you'll save with it as well. So ...

Is it worth it??


Ready to bake these stuffed crescent rolls?

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Lydia's Air Fryer Crescent Rolls Recipe – Luftfritteuse Hörnchen

These delicious crescent rolls made just like Oma in the air fryer are stuffed, rolled, and baked to perfection! These sweet treats are perfect for company or your 3 o'clock coffee break. These are so quick and ever so simple to make, exactly how we like it! Best of all, it's a great recipe for two people, or one! 

I used the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven to make these delicious rolls. If you have something different, no problem. Simply adjust settings and cook time accordingly. 

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

9 minutes

Total Time

19 minutes


Makes 8 rolls


  • 1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 8 tbsp fillings (see Hints below)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • approx 3 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat air fryer to 350°F on bake.
  2. Prepare 2 air fryer trays by lining with parchment paper. 
  3. Open tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls, unroll and lay dough flat on flour-dusted cutting board. 
  4. Use plastic bench scraper or knife to cut into 8 separate triangles.
  5. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of your filling with a cookie scoop onto the large end of your triangle.
  6. Tuck corners in overtop of filling and roll until you have desired crescent shape.
  7. Lay four crescents on each tray, leaving space between them.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes on the middle shelf, flip rolls, remove parchment paper, and bake for 4 minutes or until nicely browned. Repeat with remaining tray.
  9. Place on cooling rack.
  10. Mix powdered sugar and just enough lemon juice in a small bowl to make icing.
  11. Brush icing over crescent rolls.
  12. Plate and serve! 


  • Flipping halfway through baking time allows even browning to each side of your rolls. If you use the baking tray instead (the bottom tray), you don't need to flip them over.
  • Don't over fill your rolls! If you pack too much filling into one roll, it will spill out the edges.
  • Use prepared fillings, such as canned poppy seed filling, pie fillings, jam, Nutella, etc.
  • I used 4 tbsp poppy seed filling and 4 tbsp blueberry pie filling for the ones pictured above.
  • Dust the tops of your crescent rolls with powdered sugar for a tasty and quick topping.

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These delicious crescent rolls made just like Lydia in the air fryer are stuffed, rolled, and baked to perfection!

Lydia's Air Fryer Crescent Rolls Recipe ~ Luftfritteuse Hörnchen


Lydia's Air Fryer Crescent Rolls Recipe ~ Luftfritteuse Hörnchen

Enjoy delicious air fryer crescent rolls, aka Luftfritteuse Hörnchen, made in the Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven! Stuffed and baked to perfection, these sweet treats are wunderbar!

Ingredients: Pillsbury crescent rolls, filling of choice, lemon juice, powdered sugar,

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