Quick Easy Chocolate Croissants

My family loves these easy chocolate croissants! With store-bought puff pastry and your favorite chocolate, you’ll be making golden, flaky croissants in no time.

Easy Chocolate Croissants Video

Traditional croissant dough is fun but time-consuming. Everyone should try it at some point, but it certainly does not fit into our definition of an easy recipe. That’s why we adore these puff pastry croissants.

My family loves these easier chocolate croissants made with puff pastry. They take around 30 minutes to make.

Easy Chocolate Croissants made with Puff Pastry

Key Ingredients

  • Puff pastry: I use store-bought puff pastry sheets to make these croissants easy. Look in the freezer aisle for options. Pepperidge Farm is widely available, and higher-end stores may have Dufour (especially good) or locally-made options.
  • Chocolate: I use dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate for my croissant filling. Use what you love! For a different flavored croissant, try marzipan and sliced almonds for almond croissants, jam, or even ham and cheese for a savory version.
  • Egg wash: Whisk an egg with some water, then brush it over the rolled croissants, which helps to add a lovely golden and shiny look to the baked croissants.

How to Make Puff Pastry Chocolate Croissants

You’ll need a thawed puff pastry sheet to make my puff pastry croissants. I take my sheet out of the freezer, place it onto a plate, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.

You want to keep your puff pastry sheet cold. Otherwise, it won’t be easy to work with and might not puff in the oven as well as we’d like.

Adding chocolate to the dough for chocolate croissants

Roll your thawed puff pastry sheet into a rectangle and cut into triangles. Then, add some chocolate to each triangle and roll them up, tucking the ends as I show in our video.

Before baking them, lightly brush them with the egg wash. Then bake in a 350°F oven until golden and puffed. They take 20 to 25 minutes.

Brushing egg wash over unbaked chocolate croissants before baking them.

Storing Chocolate Croissants

Chocolate croissants are at their absolute best when freshly baked. The exterior is crisp, the layers are flaky, and the chocolate is warm and melty. If you can’t finish them the same day, store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

You can freeze your croissants in airtight freezer bags or containers for up to 3 months. To enjoy, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and then warm them in the oven to bring them back to life.

Chocolate Croissants

Quick Easy Chocolate Croissants

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For these easier chocolate croissants, we use a store-bought puff pastry sheet instead of making our croissant dough at home. Puff pastry needs to be thawed before being used in our recipe. I take my sheet out of the freezer, place it onto a plate, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. You can also thaw at room temperature for 40 to 50 minutes.

Makes 16 mini croissants

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

1 sheet store-bought puff pastry, thawed

2/3 cup (115g) semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water

Flour for work surface

Directions

    1Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

    2Whisk the egg and water in a small bowl, then set aside.

    3Lightly flour your work surface. Unfold the pastry sheet, then lightly dust the top with flour.

    4Use a rolling pin to roll the sheet into a 16-inch square. Cut the pastry square in half, then cut each half into four rectangles (making eight 8-inch by 4-inch rectangles). Cut each rectangle diagonally into two triangles (making 16 triangles).

    5Place 2 teaspoons of the chocolate chips down the center of each triangle.

    6Starting at the wider end, roll each triangle up.

    7Place each croissant seam-side down so that the tip of the triangle is tucked under the rolled croissant. Bend in the edges, creating a crescent shape.

    8Lightly brush the tops of croissants with egg wash.

    9Bake the croissants until they are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Different fillings: Jam, marzipan and almonds, cheese, cooked sausage, ham, or a combination of ingredients can be substituted for the chocolate.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Calories 102 / Protein 3 g / Carbohydrate 11 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 4 g / Total Fat 7 g / Saturated Fat 3 g / Cholesterol 12 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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56 comments… Leave a Review
  • Marisa August 26, 2023, 9:33 am

    I’d say it depends on how you want the croissants to turn out. But it definitely could have been a missprint. Maybe the realized their mistake and didn’t fix it. Or they didn’t know. I guess we’ll never know.

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  • Jennie tz kitchen August 24, 2023, 9:57 pm

    I made them with cressent rolls and thay were a big hit for my family

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  • Laura January 22, 2023, 10:20 am

    Thanks for this super easy recipe! I made half with chocolate chips and half with an almond butter paste. The girls ate them right up!

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  • rosalie wolicki September 5, 2022, 1:14 pm

    They are excellent

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  • Ahora Kashani May 9, 2021, 11:14 pm

    Thank you thank You for sharing

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  • Kitty October 31, 2020, 2:23 pm

    These were a hit!! I made chocolate, cream cheese/cinnamon, and plain. They were gone in an instant!! I used other persons suggestion to use a brand of pastry with real butter. Wow, what a difference this made (it was also much more expensive than Pepperidge Farms). The dough was much easier to work with and didn’t fall apart. I also let them rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes prior to baking. Superb recipe!!

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  • Claudia February 9, 2019, 11:35 am

    Would it be good with nutella?

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    • Joanne September 2, 2021, 6:51 pm

      Yes!

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  • Rita February 4, 2018, 3:59 pm

    Delicious! I made a double batch. 🙂

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  • grace June 2, 2017, 3:29 am

    i like the chocolate spread

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  • marija recepti kolaci April 27, 2016, 5:54 am

    wow.. I love this recipe. Recipes are very good, I like your site very professional, thank you.

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  • Denise October 4, 2015, 11:54 am

    “Assume each person will eat two”. Ha ha, good joke. I would assume each person would eat five or six and be grateful if ANY were left over….so I could eat them.

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  • anne canto August 21, 2015, 8:47 am

    That lookd delicous. Iv always wanted to make croisants but they take twondays to make and a lot of muscle. Lately Iv been buying this brand of puff pastry that uses real butter, which is helpful since thats the only pastry dough I dont make. Im thinking if its made with puff pastrybrather tgenba yeast dough the texture might be a cross betweenva croisant and andca rugalach which is good.

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