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Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast

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Making french toast one piece at a time is so last year. Baked French Toast is where it’s at. Especially when you use Croissants for the bread…and add chocolate chips!

Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast - use croissants instead of bread. And chocolate!

Tomorrow is a special day: it’s my 13th wedding anniversary. I really can’t believe it’s been that long. I was such a baby!

{If you haven’t read it, you can read our love story here. You can also see how we celebrated our 10th anniversary here.}


Back in 2001, I’d never colored my hair. I’d never waxed my eyebrows. I’d never been so happy in my life!

{You’re wondering what this has to do with Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast, don’t you? Hang on, I’ll get there eventually.}

Back when we got married, I’d never been to Europe. That all changed in 2003 for our second anniversary. The stars aligned and Mel had to be in London the week before for work. Since his trip was paid for, we could afford to fly me out and spend 10 days exploring London and Paris.

Paris was my favorite. I would go there again in a heartbeat. I’d live there if given the chance.


I think about that trip often, but over the last few weeks I’ve been reading Amanda’s posts about visiting Paris. She made me remember our time on the Rue Cler. Our hotel was close by and we had breakfast on the Rue Cler every day.

We’d eat chocolate croissants. Mel would get hot chocolate. I’d get an espresso. It was heaven.

Remembering all that made me want to make chocolate croissants for our anniversary. But then I remembered that croissants are on my bucket list for a reason – they’re hard. Time consuming. And there was no way I was going to get the perfect recipe done in time.

So I made the next best thing: french toast using store-bought croissants and chocolate chips.

It’s like a little bit of Paris…brought home to us.

Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast

This recipe is so easy to make. You start with some store bought croissants. You can buy them in your grocery store bakery section.

All you have to do is layer them in your pan. Really squish them in – I fit 6 in my 8×8 pan. Then you whisk up an egg mixture that has sugar and milk and vanilla bean past (or extract in it). Pour it over the croissants and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Chocolate chips make every breakfast better.

Let it soak for an hour, bake, and you have french toast…croissant style.

This was my favorite way to enjoy a chocolate croissant without having to labor over the real thing. You don’t even need syrup – those chocolate chips pack a big punch.

Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast

So, until we can get back to Paris, chocolate croissant french toast will have to do.

Or until I get up the nerve to make real croissants, that is. Does anyone really want to see that happen, BTW? Let me know.

Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast

Happy anniversary, sweetie. Thank you for the best 13 years of my life. And thanks for putting up with the sugar overload.

He really is a keeper. :)

Baked Croissant French Toast

Yield: 6 servings

Using croissants for french toast is so much better than bread. And it's baked so there's no standing over a hot stove flipping anything. has chocolate!


  • 4-6 croissants (depending on size)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Spray an 8x8” pan with cooking spray. Place your croissants in the pan in a single layer, squeezing them into fit so the entire pan is full. I used 6 croissants because mine were small/medium sized.
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla bean past in a large measuring cup or bowl. Pour over the croissants.
  3. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Press gently to submerge all the croissants.
  4. Place a plate on top of your pan to help keep the croissants submerged and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove pan from refrigerator, remove the plate, and cover with foil. Bake for 40-45 minutes until set. Turn off the oven and turn on the broiler. Remove pan from the oven, remove foil, and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar evenly over the top. Broil for just a minute or two, until the croissants brown on the top.
  6. Serve warm. The chocolate makes these super rich - syrup optional!

Adapted from Food Network Magazine.

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56 Responses to “Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:07 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary!!! 13 years, that’s awesome and so happy for you two!

    I love when you weave in your life story from back in the day with Mel. Wow, your Paris trip sounds like the trip of a lifetime and I hope you get to go back, asap, because I can tell how much you loved it!

    This is the best sounding French toast ever! Pinned. And thanks for linking up my Hawaiian Bread and Maple Banana Baked French Toast!


  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:24 am (#)

    Wow! 13 years! Congrats! I just hit 1.5 years, and I cant imagine all the crazy stuff that will happen after 13! So great :)
    I am drooling and DYING over this. I tried my first “cronut” over the weekend and now I want croissant all the things! Pinned!


  3. Mir posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:08 am (#)

    Gorgeous wedding pic! Congrats on your anniversary!
    Love these croissants. And what a lovely tribute to your honeymoon!


  4. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:52 am (#)

    Happy anniversary! These look spectacular! I want to just reach into the screen and steal them!


  5. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:56 am (#)

    Happy, happy 13th anniversary Dorothy! What a cute picture of you two and a sweet note to your husband! Also totally loving this french toast – chocolate for the win! PLUS croissants are so much better than plain bread :) Pinned!


  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on July 21, 2014 at 5:06 am (#)

    Happy early wedding anniversary, Dorothy! I hope you have a special day planned! I am a total croissant fanatic, so I’m absolutely loving this french toast! I just want to dive right in, it looks so delicious! Pinned!


  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on July 21, 2014 at 5:38 am (#)

    This french toast is amazing first of all. And secondly, I so want to go to Paris. I went to Provence in the South of France but I NEED to go to Paris soon. I feel like I would just belong there like a local. That’s my dream anyway.


  8. Amanda posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:29 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary! You’re making me miss Paris :) Gotta try this croissant to take me back there in my mind at least :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Thanks Amanda!! Your posts were totally making me long for Paris. :)


  9. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:35 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary! That’s amazing. So is this croissant French toast. I was just in Paris in April (and I got married there in October!) and I miss the croissants and baguettes every day. There is just nothing like Paris. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:37 am

      There really is nothing like it! :) Thanks Michelle!


  10. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:35 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary! That’s amazing. So is this croissant French toast. I was just in Paris in April (and I got married there in October!) and I miss the croissants and baguettes every day. There is just nothing like Paris. :)


  11. Christine at Cook the Story posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:40 am (#)

    That looks so delicious!


  12. Annie @ Annie's Noms posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:07 am (#)

    Love this idea of using croissants in french toast, delicious! Also got a little gooey over your love story!!


  13. Joshua Hampton posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary. You two look lovely in your wedding picture. And this chocolate croissant French toast is just divine. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  14. The old San Diego folks posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm (#)

    Happy #13…he is a keeper and you are keeping him well kept…Love from us.


  15. Anne posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm (#)

    Joyeux anniversaire!!!
    Oh this looks too delicious!!! Love french toast… Made with croissants? I’m sold!!
    You should have looked at my blog… Just posted a step by step thing for croissants… And they only take half a day!!! :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I totally will! They’re on my bucket list- I really want to make them some day!


  16. Karen @ The Food Charlatan posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm (#)

    Hooray Dorothy, happy 13th! Would you really go live in France? I’ve never been there, but I have lived for a few months at a time in foreign countries and pretty much decided that I looooove America, haha. I mean they were fun for a little while but I was ready to go home. I’ve never been to Europe though (besides London on a short hs choir trip, but that doesn’t really count). I lived in the Dominican Republic and Peru 2 separate summers. Now that I think of it, neither of those places have crepe stands on every corner, so maybe I really do just need to try France :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I totally would! In a perfect world we’d have a flat we could go to for a month at a time. :)


  17. Kyla @ Two Cups Cacao posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness! It looks incredible! I love chocolate croissants as well… those were (and are!) my favorites forever. I am going to have to give this recipe a go. Unfortunately I don’t have any croissants on hand, or chocolate chips, so I’ll have to wait. But they are going on the shopping list!!! :) I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the delicious recipe!


    • Kyla @ Two Cups Cacao replied on August 10th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      I made these this morning. I didn’t get a chance to try them, but the family loved them. Everyone was going back for seconds! It was ridiculously easy to make, and it made the whole house smell delicious. I used a bar of chocolate chopped into chunks instead of chocolate chips, and I also skipped the broiling step, as they seemed very well cooked after 40 minutes. Thanks for the recipe!


      • Dorothy Kern replied on August 11th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

        I’m so glad everyone liked them!!! Thanks Kyla!

  18. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm (#)

    What a sweet wedding picture! This croissant french toast looks great! I must make this soon! I also must say that I love the font on your post titles too!


  19. Robin posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm (#)

    Congratulations! This looks incredible. I can’t wait to try it.


  20. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm (#)

    Dorothy, your wedding photo is so precious!! You both look so happy — and you still do! I’m really excited for the two of you to get away to Napa to celebrate. It might not be Paris, but I know you’ll make it back someday soon! (And if you ever move there, I’m semi-permanently visiting you. ;) ) And this croissant french toast… With chocolate… It looks heavenly!! May I have Mel’s piece??


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:35 am

      I wish you could have! It was so rich and heavenly!


  21. Jules posted on July 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary! Croissants are on my bucket list as well. I’d love to see you do some! I’m going on my first trip to Paris for new years this year, and I’m so looking forward to all the pastries! I think I’d better prepare myself and make this ;-)


  22. Mom posted on July 21, 2014 at 7:44 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary. Hope you have a great time in Napa. Don’t worry, I’ll spoil Jordan rotten for you while you’re gone! :)


  23. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen posted on July 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary! I think baked chocolate croissant french toast is the perfect way to celebrate such a special occasion!


  24. Tieghan posted on July 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm (#)

    Happy almost 13th wedding anniversary!! This french toast is the perfect way to celebrate. I mean, I would love it! :)


  25. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:37 pm (#)

    {sigh} I love Paris too…and croissants! This baked french toast looks beyond amazing! Almost like it’s too sinful for breakfast…almost!

    Congrats on your 13th anniversary! Your wedding portrait is beautiful! LOVE your dress! I hope you have something fabulous planned :-)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Lindsay! It was amazing!


  26. Michele @ Alwayzbakin posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:31 am (#)

    You look so pretty in your wedding pic. ;-) This recipe? I’m sold! Sounds to-die-for!


  27. tash @ the velvet moon baker posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:47 am (#)

    Oh my! Dorothy this looks absolutely divine!


  28. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted on July 22, 2014 at 6:57 am (#)

    What great memories! Congrats!


  29. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on July 22, 2014 at 8:27 am (#)

    Happy Anniversaryyyyy!!! I love your wedding dress so much! You looked so beautiful!!

    and I LOVE chocolate croissants so this french toast?? BRILLIANT! Heaven. Pinning!


  30. Kristyn posted on July 22, 2014 at 8:40 am (#)

    One word – WOW! Looks so good!


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  32. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:17 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary!! Talk about a great way to celebrate! This french toast looks incredible!


  33. amanda @ fake ginger posted on July 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm (#)

    Aww, happy anniversary! I totally want French toast now.


  34. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar posted on July 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm (#)

    Happy 13th anniversary Dorothy, how exciting! These look delicious and perfect for a weekend breakfast! Love how simple these are to put together. They look so yummy! Pinned. :)


  35. Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm (#)

    Wow! The combination of two beautiful things – a croissant and french toast, add chocolate and it looks like a dream! Love your gorgeous photography!


  36. Rachel @the dessert chronicles posted on July 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm (#)

    Wow, this looks insane!! I have never had croissant french toast and now I must try it!


  37. Joy @ Baking-Joy posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:47 am (#)

    Amazing dessert Dorothy! I love croissants and using them in French toast looks delicious :-) Happy anniversary, hope you had a wonderful day yesterday :-)


  38. Mary Frances posted on July 23, 2014 at 7:32 am (#)

    A beautiful bride then, a beautiful wife and mom now! What fun memories! I vote you get another trip for more inspiration because I’m all over chocolate croissants … in a French toast … for breakfast. I think I just died. Pass me the whole pan!


  39. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm (#)

    I’m so jealous of your Parisian adventures and I am DYING to go — especially if baked croissant French toast is involved :)


  40. Emily @ Life on Food posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:46 am (#)

    I studied abroad in Paris and would go back in a second. This is one decadent breakfast. Love it!


  41. Cate @ Chez CateyLou posted on July 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm (#)

    I love this post!!! Food memories are the best, and I love how you recreated a little bit of Paris in your kitchen. I hope you had a great anniversary!


  42. Jennifer posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm (#)

    Your pictures are amazing! and this godly French toast – out-of-this-world- !!! Oh my goddddd :)


  43. Jennifer posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm (#)

    oh my god I also forgot to ask you , are you French?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 30th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Nope – not a lick. But I so love France!


  44. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on August 7, 2014 at 11:48 pm (#)

    You should definitely move to Paris. It would be magical.


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