Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls

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Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls are a fun game day recipe! An easy and fast snack or appetizer with a cream cheese and pepper mixture inside a buttery croissant dough. Great for football and the Super Bowl or a party.
Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls in white fabric in a dish

I am a fan of jalapeno poppers, so naturally I try to use the same flavors in new ways.  These Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls do just that and are a perfect appetizer or snack, especially for game day.

Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls stacked in a basket

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Jalapeno popper recipes are pretty much required for game day around here. And while the classics are amazing, I love creating new recipes with the same flavors.

And this recipe has become one of the most popular on the site, so you all must be loving it as well!

These Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls are incredibly easy and fast to make. They are also a great option to take over to a party or sport event, like the Super Bowl, because they hold over well.  

Buttery, cheesy, flaky, spicy goodness.  Sign me up.

Pile of Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls on a board

Ingredients Needed

To make these rolls, you will need:

  • Crescent Rolls
  • Cream Cheese
  • Jalapenos
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (or pepperjack)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt

Several people have also loved adding cooked, chopped bacon to the mix!


To make these, you will need the following equipment items:

  • Baking Sheet
  • Silicone Baking Mats
  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon

Heat Level

Easily control the heat level by adding more jalapenos for a spicy snack. But each pepper’s heat level is different, so the heat of the rolls will vary.

I have learned that any jalapenos I grow in a pot on my patio are crazy hot!

The heat of the peppers are balanced by the dairy and also a little sweetness from the crescent dough.

A hand holding half of a crescent roll showing cheese and peppers

Instruction Overview

Mix up all of the filling ingredients together.

Roll out and separate the crescent dough pieces. Spread about a tablespoon of the cheese mixture across the dough, almost to the edges.

Roll up the dough like normal and place on a baking sheet. Top with a little more cheese if desired!

Bake as per package directions until golden brown.

Be prepared to make a lot of these, more than you think is necessary, because they just DISAPPEAR.  And really quickly.  

They are so addicting and full of so many amazing flavors, they are always a hit. Crescent roll recipes are just so easy and so popular!

Process shot of Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls being filled and rolled

Kim’s Tips

Anytime I bake something, I use my silicone baking mats.  

They are a fantastic way to get a non-stick surface, they go in the dishwasher, and you won’t go through as much tin foil or parchment paper, making them eco-friendly!  

Follow this link to grab some silicone baking mats of your own if you do not have them already.

When I was a kid, I loved rolling up crescent rolls for dinner.  These Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls are a great way to get your own kids in the kitchen!  They can roll the dough, mix the filling, and even spread it out.

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that it spreads super easily! If it is cold, heat in the microwave for short periods of time, stirring each time, until it softens up.

Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls on a counter and some in a dish

Cheese Flavor

I always have the temptation to completely load up the crescent rolls with a ton of cheese. 

But by doing this, a lot of it oozes out which is a sad, sad thing.

If you love that toasted cheese flavor, cure your cheese fix by sprinkling some extra cheese on top of the rolls before baking!

Modifications and Substitutions

Adding bacon is a popular addition that many people have loved! Cook it, crumble or chop it, and add it to the cream cheese mixture before spreading.

This heat level is on the mild side. Make it as spicy as you want by using more peppers and/or hotter peppers like a serrano.

Monterey Jack cheese is great because it melts well and does not have an overpowering flavor. Other cheeses can be used such as Pepperjack (for a little more of the pepper kick) or even Mozzarella.

Pile of rolls in a dish


Are these rolls spicy?

The recipe is set for a mild heat level. Adjust it as you wish! See the modifications section for more details on this.

Are red or green jalapeños hotter?

Typically red peppers are spicier as they were typically left on the plant longer, giving more time for the capsaicin (the element that gives the spicy heat) to develop.
But honestly, it is roulette with hot peppers. I have had some jalapenos that were SO hot!

Should I remove seeds from jalapeño?

I recommend removing the seeds and white ribs inside from the peppers to reduce some of the heat. They can be left in if you want it spicier.

Are jalapeños good for you?

Yes! They are full of nutrients and capsaicin, which is what makes them spicy, is incredibly good for you. It is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls on a board

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Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls in white fabric in a dish

Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls Recipe

Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls are a fun game day recipe! An easy and fast snack or appetizer with a cream cheese and pepper mixture inside a buttery croissant dough. Great for football and the Super Bowl or a party.
5 from 26 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Bread, Football, Game Day, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 rolls
Calories: 161kcal



  • In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, jalapeno, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and salt.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1 large jalapeno, 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat oven to the temperature listed on your dough packaging.
  • Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat (see note) or parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  • Unroll the crescent rolls, separate each piece, and lay out one piece on a plate. Take approximately 1 Tablespoon of the cheese mixture and spread it on the triangle.
    2 cans crescent rolls
  • Roll the dough from the large end to the pointed end as normal.
  • Place the rolls on the baking sheet, leaving a few inches between each one. If desired, sprinkle each roll with some additional cheese.
  • Bake according to package directions until a light golden brown. Best served warm.


This amount of cream cheese mixture tends to be perfect for two packages of crescent rolls.  The amount of cheese on each roll will vary slightly with the exact shape and size of each piece.
Grab some silicone baking sheet pads if you do not have some already, they are a fantastic way to keep baking sheets clean, keep food from sticking, and are eco friendly!
Use as many peppers as you would like to get your desired heat level!  Each pepper’s heat will vary, but one pepper is good for mild heat in most cases.  Use 2, 3, or 4 for more heat!


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

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By on January 20th, 2017

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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21 thoughts on “Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls”

  1. How fun and tasty! These will be terrific bites for the Super Bowl!! I love that it’s not just a bit of pepper also, your added ingredients will make this savory deliciousness!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! These were delicious !! Major hit with my teens and partner. I added two more jalapeños for an extra kick. So good!


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