Recipe Review

I Tried Travis Kelce’s Favorite “Magic Crescent Rolls,” and I Guarantee They Won’t Last 5 Minutes at Your Super Bowl Party

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Travis Kelce's Magic Marshmallow Rolls on a cooling rack with inset photo of Travis Kelce
Credit: Rolls: Kiersten Hickman; Inset: David Eulitt/Getty Images

There are a lot of reasons to want to be a part of the Kelce family right now. Great seats at the Super Bowl. Two hilarious sons that have a podcast. And, oh, you know, the fact that Taylor Swift is now a part of the gang. Yet, while these reasons may seem like enough (hello, you just said Taylor Swift), these don’t even come close to the number one reason why you’d want to be adopted into America’s newest football royalty, which is Mama Kelce’s baking.

According to Jason Kelce, Donna Kelce — adorably referred to by her sons as “Mama Kelce” — is a master in the kitchen. In an interview on The Mythical Kitchen, Jason Kelce explained that “every Thanksgiving, there was always a different meat medley and sides. The one constant that my mom always has to make us are the Mama Kelce dinner rolls.”

Luckily for us, we had the opportunity to try these magic marshmallow rolls that Jason and Travis can’t help devour any time they see them. So the question is … are they really magic? Let’s find out.

Get the recipe: Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs

Credit: Kiersten Hickman

How to Make Mama Kelce’s Magic Marshmallow Rolls

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Melt 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of butter or margarine in a small bowl.

In another small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Unroll two cans of refrigerated Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls (8-count) and break each crescent apart.

Dip a large marshmallow in the butter, then the sugar mixture until fully coated. Place the marshmallow on the pointy short end of a crescent, then roll it up. Seal the dough together at the bottom to make sure there are no holes in your roll. Dip the sealed end of your roll in butter, then place it in a standard-sized muffin pan.

Repeat this step for the other crescents; should make 16 rolls in total.

Bake the rolls for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let them sit in the tin for 1-2 minutes to cool before transferring the rolls to a cooling rack.

While the rolls are cooling, whisk together 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 2 to 3 teaspoons of milk. (Or just enough milk to make a thick icing, you don’t want it to be too thin.) Drizzle the icing on top of the rolls.

If desired, chop up 1/4 cup of nuts, like pecans or walnuts. Sprinkle them on top of the rolls with the icing, then serve.

My Honest Review

I get it now. Sure, Swift may be in a relationship with a good looking football player who moons over her every time he looks in her direction. But after trying these rolls, I know the true reason why she’s coupling up with the Kelce family: these rolls.

“Magic” doesn’t seem like a strong enough word for these rolls. Ethereal. Heavenly. Worthy of all my love and devotion. With each bite these rolls melt into a swirl of sugary, buttery goodness. I scarfed it down so fast, I immediately grabbed another without a second thought.

Now, according to Jason Kelce, these rolls are served as a side with dinner. While I don’t hate the game of having a sweet side for a big meal like Thanksgiving (hello, candied yams), I actually think these rolls might be a bit much to enjoy with a meal. Why? Well, I wouldn’t want to eat anything else, clearly. But also, I think these rolls are just so good on their own, and are the kind of thing to enjoy over a morning cup of coffee. Which, to be completely honest with you, is exactly what I did the following morning after baking these. A little pop in the microwave, and I was brought right back to heaven.

Credit: Kiersten Hickman

3 Tips for Making Mama Kelce’s Magic Marshmallow Rolls

  1. Use muffin liners: Even with my best effort to try and seal these rolls up tight, some of them did open up while baking, which caused some of that buttery marshmallow to overflow onto the pan. To avoid the mess, I used silicone muffin liners to make it easier for popping these rolls out and keeping my muffin pan relatively clean while baking.
  2. Brush with butter after baking: If the idea of having sugary iced dinner rolls isn’t your cup of tea, you could also simply brush the tops with the rest of that melted butter. Still super delicious, but with a little less sweetness to pair with your savory meal.
  3. Try different toppings: I topped my rolls with crushed pecans and loved it, but I couldn’t help but imagine what other types of toppings would work on these rolls. Maybe some sparkling sugar? Chocolate shavings? Crumbled bacon? All correct choices, if you ask me.