Light, flaky, and oh so buttery, there is nothing more delicious than a croissant. If I could eat croissants for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between without consequences, I would seriously do so. Utterly divine served with jam at breakfast, with ham and cheese at lunch, or with Nutella and ice cream for dinner, croissants are the best pastry to have ever been invented (thanks, France!). While there is nothing quite as timeless as a classic croissant, there are a ton of other delicious ways to eat croissants. Whether you leave the crescent-shape intact and opt for the Oreo-stuffed croissant below, or you want to try sometime totally different like a chocolate croissant bread pudding or a raspberry croissant casserole, this list is sure to inspire you. Check out 15 ways to eat a croissant that will have you drooling.
15 Oreo-Stuffed Croissants
Move over Nutella-stuffed cookies, because Oreo-stuffed croissants are in town! Otherwise known as the Crookie (a mix between a croissant and a cookie), this mouthwatering concoction is what dreams are made of. Ge your French pastry chef hat on and make your own croissant pastry dough from scratch, or buy the pre-made crescents from Pillsbury. Even if you are lazy like me and opt for the pre-made crescents, these croissants will still be delicious AF. Once you have acquired your pastry dough, grab a package of Oreos and some marshmallow fluff for good measure (we're going all out here, folks). Preheat the oven, lay out your pastry dough in a crescent shape and place a full Oreo inside each piece of dough. You can crumble up the Oreo or leave it in its full state if your croissant is large enough. From there, add a spoonful of marshmallow fluff to each Oreo and close up the croissant.Make sure to pinch and seal the corner, otherwise the marshmallow fluff will escape during the baking process! Place on parchment paper and bake for 13 minutes. Get the full recipe here.
14 Chocolate, Date, and Caramel Croissants
Described as "flavor-bombs," these Chocolate, Date, and Caramel Croissants are made by taking sticky dates and stuffing them into a buttery croissant. They are then coated with dark chocolate and topped with caramel. Sounds pretty good, right? "Most definitely,is the correct answer, in case you weren't sure. And lucky for you, we are going to provide a complete guide on how to make these yummy croissants become a reality in your household. First, you'll need to gather the following ingredients: fresh dates, condensed milk, almond meal, dark chocolate, sea salt, and croissants. And for the caramel you will need sugar, butter, vanilla, and whipping cream. Start cooking your dates in the condensed milk so they soften. Once softened, set them aside, and start (very slowly) melting the dark chocolate in a pan on the stove. You don't want the chocolate to melt completely you just want it to soften. Once that is done, line your croissant with the chocolate and place the date mixture inside. Begin making your caramel in a pot (making caramel from scratch can be frustrating but totally worth it – don't give up!), and once thickened, pour the caramel on top of or inside the croissant. You can find the full recipe in all its glory here.
13 Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Croissant Sandwiches
This Pillsbury recipe will turn your favourite sandwich upside down. A fan of ham and cheese on bread? That is going to seem like the most boring meal in the world after taking a bite of this delectable bacon, egg, and cheese croissant. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, this recipe will leave you with a light and flaky, yet filling meal. Start by buying the pre-made Pillsbury crescents (it is a Pillsbury recipe after all). From there, you will need to obtain 8 slices of bacon, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of cheese, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon of black pepper. Begin by preparing your ingredients individually. Scramble the eggs, fry the bacon until crumbly, and grate the cheese. From there, unroll the Pillsbury crescents and lay them out on a baking sheet. Top with bacon, scrambled egg, and cheese and roll up loosely, pinching the ends to fasten. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle some ground pepper on top. Put 'em in the oven for 18-20 minutes and voila! Find the full recipe here.
12 Maple Bacon Cronuts
A maple bacon cronut? You know you're going to have a good day when you start it with one of these bad boys. The world fell in love with the cronut (a cross between a croissant and a donut) just a few short years ago. For a little while it was cronut mania. Now things have cooled off a bit but there's no denying that this donut-croissant hybrid would taste unbelievable covered in real maple syrup and bacon bits. To make these a reality, you'll need about a day and half to prepare everything. To make the dough, the recipe calls for yeast, water, whole milk, flour, unsalted butter, sugar, and salt. The filling (yes there is a sweet vanilla custard filling) calls for egg yolks, milk, vanilla, sugar, salt, and corn starch. And finally we've come to the toppings. For the scrumptious toppings that accompany this donut, you will need to buy bacon, sugar, egg whites, black pepper, cayenne, powdered sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. You will be topping this cronut with a maple-vanilla glaze in addition to crumbly and smoky bacon bits. For the full mouthwatering recipe, click here.
11 Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict on a Croissant
Eggs Benedict has been a favourite amongst breakfast and brunch goers for years. Piled high with poached eggs and creamy hollandaise sauce, it truly is a breakfast specialty. Traditionally made with a base of English muffin, this recipe seeks to shake things up by swapping the English muffin for a croissant. And while I am a fan of English muffins, there's just no denying that eggs benedict on a croissant is simply better. Flakier and more buttery, this will is the eggs benedict of your dream. To make this gourmet eggs benedict it's really quite simple. To Food With Love has provided a fool-proof hollandaise recipe alongside a list of ingredients. To start, make sure you have eggs, vinegar, smoked salmon, and croissants. For the hollandaise sauce, you will need egg yolks, water, salted butter, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. You'll prepare the hollandaise sauce first, then you'll poach the eggs, and finally you'll assemble this magical breakfast creation. For the full recipe click here.
10 Raspberry Frangipane Stuffed Croissants
Frangipane, otherwise known as almond paste, is a scrumptious addition to any croissant. Almond is a widely used ingredient in French and Italian pastries, and believe me, it's something we really need more of in North America. This delicious croissant is made not only with frangipane (and shaved almonds) but also fresh raspberries. To start, you will concoct a light syrup to drizzle inside and on top of the croissant. This drizzle will help hold everything together and is made with water, caster sugar, and vanilla extract. Once you've put the syrup on the croissant, your next step is to make the frangipane. Combine ground almonds, butter, caster sugar, salt, egg, and almond extract. Once you've created a paste, you'll place this in the centre of your croissant. You can also add some additional frangipane on top. Finally, you need to make the raspberry filling. Take raspberry jelly, cornstarch, and fresh raspberries. Wash the whole raspberries and coat in a mixture of the jelly and cornstarch. Place inside the croissant on top of the frangipane. Dust some icing sugar on top and coat with shaved almonds and you've got yourself a pretty special breakfast treat. To get the full recipe, click here.
9 Croissant Egg & Cheese Strata
Casserole for breakfast? Hell yes. This Croissant Egg & Cheese Strata is going to rock your world. Full of buttery croissants, soft eggs, and loaded with tasty cheese, this strata will satisfy all your breakfast cravings. The entire recipe only calls for twelve ingredients (assuming you aren't making your croissants from scratch). They are croissants, eggs, cheddar cheese, butter, milk, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and bacon. You will begin by whisking together the eggs, salt, pepper, melted butter, cumin, milk, and garlic powder. Once mixed, you'll add in the bacon and then the croissants (torn up into pieces). You will pour this scrumptious mixture into a casserole dish and let it bake in the oven for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, out of your oven will emerge an unbelievably tasty breakfast creation fit for a family! For the full recipe, click here.
8 Raspberry Croissant Breakfast Casserole
This raspberry croissant breakfast casserole is the definition of decadent. Crispy on the outside but filled with tart raspberries and sweet spices on the inside, this casserole is utter perfection. To begin the cooking process, you will first need to find or make the croissants. Once you have the croissants, you will need raspberries, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, milk, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Start by preheating the oven and placing the croissants at the bottom of a casserole dish. Sprinkle the raspberries on top of the croissants, and then in a large bowl mix together your eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Once blended, stir in the wet ingredients: milk, orange juice, and vanilla. Pour this entire liquid mixture over top of the croissants and raspberries. Allow the croissants about 15 minutes to absorb some of the mixture before placing in the oven. Finally, bake until golden brown for 35-45 minutes and serve warm. For the full recipe click here.
7 Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
If you're a fan of traditional red pudding then this chocolate croissant version is seriously going to rock your world. Filled with tons of sweet chocolate and flaky croissants, this bread pudding is delicious whether you serve it on its own, or alongside the bourbon ice cream sauce that the recipe calls for. To make the chocolate croissant bread pudding, you will need to find butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, eggs, cream, croissants, raisins, and bittersweet chocolate. Begin by mixing together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, and cream. Once mixed together, butter the baking dish and break the croissants into small pieces. Layer the croissants in the pan and sprinkle raisins and chocolate on top. Next, pour the liquid mixture over the croissants and let them soak it up for 8-10 minutes. Cover the dish with foil and let it bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Serve alongside vanilla ice cream or make your very own bourbon ice cream sauce (a mix of bourbon and vanilla ice cream). Get the full recipe here.
6 Apple, Pancetta, and Sharp Cheddar Croissant
The perfect mix of sweet, savoury, and salty, this apple, pancetta, and cheddar cheese croissant sandwich is the king of all sandwiches. Every bite will be better than the last, and it's sure to be loved by you and your entire family. While this might look simple, and you could make a simple version if you choose, the recipe given is majorly gourmet. You start by making the cranberry sauce that goes on the inside of the croissant. To make the cranberry spread, blend the mayonnaise, mustard, honey, and dried cranberries. Next, grill the pancetta in a pan. After the pancetta has been grilled, melt a bit of butter in a pan, cut the croissant in half, and place one half of the croissant in the pan. Top with cheese, apple slices, and pancetta. Take your other croissant half and spread the cranberry sauce on it. Then stick that croissant on top of the cheese, apples, and pancetta to form your sandwich. Grill until the cheese has melted and devour! Find the full recipe here.
5 Cruffins with Vanilla Custard
Welcome to the wonderful world of cruffins! Part croissant, part muffin, these scrumptious breakfast treats are here to rock your world. Light, flaky, and easily transportable, cruffins are sure to be the next cronut. Similar to the cronut, the part of the name that refers to a muffin is really more of a nod to the shape of the actual breakfast food. The recipe is made entirely out of croissants. If you buy or make your croissants in advance, this recipe is actually ridiculously simple. All you need for the base are your croissants and some powdered sugar. Several hours before baking, take your croissant dough and roll them in powdered sugar. Then get your muffin tin and begin to put the croissant dough in the muffin tin. Make sure to twist the dough to create a bulbous, muffin-like shape. Leave in the muffin tin for 8-12 hours so the dough can rise. Once risen, sprinkle with some sugar and put in the oven. For the optional vanilla custard, mix together sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks, vanilla, and milk. When your custard has thickened and your cruffins have been removed from the oven you can carefully cut out a little hole in the centre of each muffin and place the custard inside. Get the full recipe here.
4 Matcha Croissants
Jump on the matcha bandwagon and try out these matcha croissants. Fun in flavour and colour, these croissants will never have you reaching for a plain croissant every again. These croissants are just as flaky, buttery, and crispy as your typical croissant but they are infused with the wonderful taste of matcha. You'll need to make these croissants entirely from scratch so it may be a bit more of a challenge, but it will be worth it. To get started, you will need to find yeast, sugar, salt, milk powder, matcha powder, bread flour, cake flour, egg, milk, water, and unsalted butter. The ingredients are fairly similar to a traditional croissant other than the addition of the matcha powder. My Bare Cupboard also provides a second way to use this matcha croissant dough: making a matcha Danish loaf. Find the full recipe for both here.
3 Croissant, Caramelised Onion, Sausage, and Pecan Stuffing
Looking to spice up your Thanksgiving stuffing? Look no further! This magical recipe filled with caramelised onion, pecans, sausage, and none other than croissants, is going to seriously up your Thanksgiving game. Seriously, you will never again use plain old bread for your stuffing again. To make this mind blowing culinary explosion become reality, you will first need to gather the following: croissants, pork sausage, butter, onions, celery, garlic, sage, thyme, rosemary, pecans, white wine, chicken stock, egg, and salt and pepper. Your first step is to toast the croissants in the oven followed by cooking the sausages. Once the sausages are cooked, you will need to caramelize the onions. Finally, you will assemble everything together by transferring the onions, sausage, and croissant to one bowl and adding egg, pecans, salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes and voila, the perfect Thanksgiving feast. For the complete recipe click here.
2 Cherry Berry Croissant Galette
As if a galette, a flat French pastry, was not already delicious enough. This recipe switches out the traditional pie crust pastry for croissant dough. Imagine a bowl made out of croissant filled with cream cheese, fruit, and jam. Sounds pretty good, no? Well that is exactly what you're in for if you make the cherry berry croissant galette above. To begin the baking process, grab your croissant dough, cream cheese, powdered sugar, lime zest, vanilla, berries, jam, and egg. Start by taking two croissants and rolling them out into a ball (you want the dough to be circular). From there, mix your cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and lime zest. Once mixed, spread the cream cheese mixture in the middle of the dough and top with jam and berries. Fold the sides of the dough towards the centre, brush with a light egg wash, and let bake for 10-15 minutes. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. For the full recipe, click here.
1 Fried Nutella Banana Croissant Sandwiches
Nutella and croissants are pretty much the greatest food combination known to mankind. That is why I was super stoked to come across this recipe for a Nutella Banana Croissant Sandwich. To start you're going to want to cut your croissant in half and slather Nutella on either side. Top the Nutella with slices of fresh banana and then start heating up a skillet with butter on the stove. Once the butter has melted, gently place the assembled croissant sandwiches into the pan, letting cook until the croissant is crispy and the Nutella has melted. Preparation time is 5 minutes, cooking time is 5 minutes, but I'm guessing eating this masterpiece will take all of 10 seconds. Ooey, gooey and seriously yummy, this fried Nutella banana croissant sandwich is sure to replace your grilled cheese habit - at least for a little while. For the complete recipe click here.