3-Ingredient Mini Nutella Croissants

December 11, 2022

There are very few pastries that are more luxurious and delicious than the chocolate croissant. Think: flaky layers of buttery pastry cocooning a beautiful, smooth, chocolatey paste. What could be better than that? These 3-Ingredient Mini Nutella Croissants are a simple and easy way to get a delicious croissant at home, without spending hours tending to complicated pastry dough. I’ve teamed up with my friend Sneji at The Modern Nonna for this recipe that is truly perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time of day!

A bunch of the mini Nutella croissants, laid out on a countertop

Friends, who doesn’t love a delicious, sweet, and flaky croissant? When it comes to pastries, the croissant takes the cake for being one of the most delicious and luxurious options out there. Traditionally, croissants are made with a flaky, buttery dough that takes hours to make, by carefully folding cold butter in between layers and layers of dough. And while it is certainly possible to make traditional croissants from scratch, it’s not only a labor of love, bit VERY hard to perfect. Which is why I am so excited to share this recipe!

Now, is it a traditional croissant recipe? No, it’s definitely not. But does it TASTE like a croissant, with all of the buttery, flaky, sweetness that is to love? Absolutely yes. All of the flavors of the croissant are there, mixed with the nostalgic taste of creamy Nutella.

As I mentioned, my friend Sneji at The Modern Nona and I created this recipe together, and it has been such a fun collaboration. If you love simple, easy, and comforting recipes like this one, then you have to check her out!

A close-up image of a pile of the mini Nutella croissants, with one of them broken open in half

3-Ingredients to Bring These Nutella Croissants to Life

The rumors are true: you really do only need three ingredients in order to bring these Nutella croissants to life! These are perfect to whip up as part of a simple Sunday brunch, or as a quick and easy dessert for all of your holiday parties!

  • Puff Pastry: The key to making these croissants is by using puff pastry. Because puff pastry has so many layers to it, it perfectly mimics the flaky layers of traditionally-made croissants!
  • Nutella: My take on the chocolate croissant is by filling these croissants with delicious, creamy Nutella. If you want to keep this recipe dairy-free, you can absolutely substitute with a dairy-free chocolate-hazelnut spread!
  • Egg: A simple egg wash will ensure that these croissants turn a nice, golden brown in the oven!
  • Powdered Sugar: This is optional, but I love dusting the finished croissants with a little bit of powdered sugar!
All of the ingredients needed to make these mini Nutella croissants, laid out on a countertop

But Nicole, What if I Don’t Want to Use Nutella?

While Nutella is absolutely delicious, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the healthiest treat out there. Traditional Nutella is made with skim milk and lots of real sugar, and while it is a treat that is well worth it in my opinion, if you are dairy-free, vegan, or otherwise looking for a healthier treat, then Nutella may not be for you. And that is okay!

You can simply replace the Nutella with another chocolate-hazelnut spread, like this one, which is a dairy-free and low sugar alternative!

A bunch of the mini Nutella croissants, laid out in a pile on a countertop

How to Make These Easy & Delicious Chocolate Croissants

Making these croissants couldn’t be any easier! Simply start by preheating your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Next, gently unwrap your puff pastry and place it onto a lightly floured countertop or surface. Using a pastry cutter or pizza cutter, cut your puff pastry into triangles. Follow the directions in the video if you are unsure how to cut them!

Then, add 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella (or chocolate-hazelnut spread) to each triangle and gently roll it up. Place your rolled croissants onto your baking sheet, then brush the tops of them with your egg wash. Finally, bake them for 20 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.

Once they’re done, remove them from the oven, dust them with powdered sugar, and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to one week.

If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a review and rating below! And, since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations so that I can repost them! xx

** Photography by Bea Moreno
A bunch of the mini Nutella croissants, laid out on a countertop

3-Ingredient Mini Nutella Croissants

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Nicole Modic
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There are very few pastries that are more luxurious and delicious than the chocolate croissant. Think: flaky layers of buttery pastry cocooning a beautiful, smooth, chocolatey paste. What could be better than that? These 3-Ingredient Mini Nutella Croissants are a simple and easy way to get a delicious croissant at home, without spending hours tending to complicated pastry dough. I've teamed up with my friend Sneji at The Modern Nonna for this recipe that is truly perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time of day!

Ingredients

  • 1 Sheet Puff Pastry thawed and cut into triangles
  • 1/2 Cup Nutella or substitute a chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar optional; for dusting the finished croissants with

Instructions

  • Start by preheating your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Next, gently unwrap your puff pastry and place it onto a lightly floured countertop or surface.
  • Using a pastry cutter or pizza cutter, cut your puff pastry into triangles. Follow the directions in the video if you are unsure how to cut them!
  • Then, add 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella (or chocolate-hazelnut spread) to each triangle and gently roll it up.
  • Place your rolled croissants onto your baking sheet, then brush the tops of them with your egg wash.
  • Finally, bake them for 20 minutes, or until they're golden brown.
  • Once they're done, remove them from the oven, dust them with powdered sugar, and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to one week.

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe and beautiful photos! I am a big fan of croissants and Nutella, so this recipe is definitely calling my name. I love that it only requires 3 ingredients and is easy to make at home. I can’t wait to try it out and see how it compares to the traditional version. I also appreciate the alternative suggestion for a dairy-free and low sugar chocolate-hazelnut spread. I will definitely be keeping this recipe on hand for future brunches and parties. Thanks again!