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Easy Apple Croissants

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With just a handful of ingredients you can have apple croissants for breakfast. That’s a #hugewin in my book!

Easy Apple Croissants made with puff pastry and apple cider!

As much as I hate our Sacramento weather, I absolutely love how close we are to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Foothills. In less than a 2 hour drive in any direction we can hit any number of fun places. My favorite place to go in the fall is Apple Hill. It’s an area with collection of apple growers that open up their farms for apple picking, doughnuts, and fudge every weekend.

Last weekend, even though there was a ton of smoke from the King Fire (seriously, arsonists suck) we headed up the hill because I wanted a doughnut. And it was my birthday, so I could demand we drive an hour and risk smelling like a bonfire so that I could have the best doughnut in the entire world.

While we were there, we went apple picking. Which resulted in 13 pounds of apples I needed to bake with.

I mean…I guess we could just eat them. But why???

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First recipe up: these Easy Apple Croissants. These are super simple and fast and they taste like apple hill…only no smoke.

For the longest time I told myself “Dorothy. You need to make croissants from scratch. It’s what any other baker with any degree of self-worth would do.”

Then I told myself to shut it and got out the frozen puff pastry.

Easy Apple Croissants

The result was that I had croissants in my belly in under an hour. #priceless

Okay, so these are way too easy. First, you start with an apple. Obviously.

I peeled, cored, and dice my apple small. Then I cooked it with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. <–THAT is what any baker with any degree of self-worth would do.

Then you cut your puff pastry sheet into 6 rectangles and roll up some croissants. Mine are less pointy than rectangle-y because I was too lazy to make triangles.

This laziness is, in part, why you love me.

Easy Apple Croissants with apple cider glaze - fast and easy and delicious!

The secret ingredient in these croissants (and in the glaze) is apple cider. I always get some when we head up the hill, but you can buy yours at pretty much any store right now (or use apple juice). It adds more flavor than using water.

The glaze is simple, with butter, powdered sugar, and cider. Drink it with a spoon Drizzle it on and then attack the croissants.

Easy Apple Croissants

Why can’t apple season be all year?

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Servings: 6 croissants

Easy Apple Croissants

Total Time:
45 mins
Make croissants in minutes using frozen puff pastry sheets! Fill them with apples cooked with apple cider and top with an apple cider glaze for a delicious fall breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter — divided
  • 1 cup diced apple that’s been peeled and cored — about 1 medium
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider — or juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 sheet puff pastry — thawed according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon butter in a medium skillet. Heat over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Add the apple, granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons apple cider, and cinnamon. Stir to coat the apples. Cook until it bubbles, then cook for another 3 minutes. Stir cornstarch and water in a small glass or bowl. Pour into the apple mixture and cook until the mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Unwrap thawed puff pastry sheet. Cut into 6 equal rectangles. Evenly divide the apples among the puff pastry rectangles and roll each up. Pinch the ends a little and pinch to seal. Place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the croissants are golden brown. Let cool before glazing.
  5. Make the glaze: melt remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a small bowl. Whisk in powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon apple cider. Drizzle over croissants. Let set for a few minutes. These taste best the day they are made.

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63 comments

  1. Why work hard over dough when you can have delicious croissants so fast? Love this way of baking with apples after a picking session. We’re going to our orchard soon, and I’d love to try this!

  2. Today I made apple scones and you made croissants. Great minds, I tell you! I am loving the idea of apple cider in the glaze. Why didn’t I think of that! Love that one. Pinned! 🙂

  3. I wish apple season could last all year too! These sound so good right now.

  4. Apples are my favorite fruit, especially in the fall when they’re in season! I love this super easy way of making croissants- although that might be a little dangerous over here right now! 

  5. What an easy breakfast treat, Dorothy! I love how simple this is to throw together, but looks like it’s a lot more complicated! Now that’s my kind of croissant! 🙂 Pinned!

  6. Apple Hill sounds delightful, especially without the smoke from the fire. That really does stink! We picked apples in New York while visiting my parents this weekend. I’d grab the puff pastry too; never tried to make a croissant here!

  7. This sounds like the perfect introduction to fall!

  8. Another incredible recipe! I am hooked on apples at the moment. And I think I need an apple croissant in my life. 
    It’s okay to take short cuts, not everyone has the time to do things from scratch. Semi homemade is sometimes best. 🙂

  9. Under an hour…definitely priceless!
    Love it! And they look so easy. Fall is so fun.
    Happy Monday Dorothy!

  10. Croissants? In under an hour?! This is a great recipe, perfect for a weekend breakfast and to use up the apples. Amazing idea about the apple cider in the filling and glaze! These are kinda like a croissant meets apple pie, definitely pinned! x 

  11. seriously, they are making me drool, and I’m headed to out to get some puff pastry because I cannot think of anything but these croissants

  12. Homemade croissants are my absolute favourite! Love the apple, so seasonal and delicious! 

  13. This is my kind of croissant! None of that hours of works to prepare pastry business! Getting my hands on some puff pastry and trying these ASAP Dorothy! They look deeeliciousss!!! Pinned 🙂

  14. Love ’em. Like the breakfast version of a hand pie…in the best way possible!

  15. Yes!!! Do not bust your butt and try and attempt homemade croissants when puff pastry exists!! These are sooo fally and I love it!

  16. I’m dying for these right now, they look so good 🙂

  17. These look amazing! I love apple season. I shared a new recipe today too.

  18. HAHA! I tell myself the same thing. Put on your big girl pants and get out of your comfort zone.

  19. I love the simplicity of this recipe! It’s pinned and I can’t wait to try it myself. And, I totally related when you said you used to think you needed to try making croissants from scratch but now are like, why? I used to think the same, and now I can’t see spending the time to do that!

  20. I love how quickly these come together. The apple cider in the glaze is such a great idea!

  21. Who the heck has time to make their own croissants??  I’d rather have a yummy apple croissant like this, stat!!!   So sorry to hear about all the brush fires out there caused by ignorant people.  But I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the apple orchard anyway!   

  22. These look amazing!! For the longest time I did the same thing with always making my puff pastry from scratch! until I realized I just don’t have the patience anymore, ha. I have a recipe I’m posting later in the week also using the store-bought stuff. Btw.. I would looove to eat that glaze by the spoonful!

  23. There you go again, making something I didn’t know I needed!  Yum!  I have never seen apple  croissants! Croissants are really “in” again – I think everyone is loving the light and airy stuff.  And you are correct: Apple Hill does have the best doughnuts ever!!! 

  24. What kind of apples do you recommend for this?

  25. How delicious!! These look amazing!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  26. Wow! The filling is really very yummy!

  27. Yes, totally wish apple season could last all year too!  And I would definitely rather have these apple croissants that I can enjoy right away instead of slaving hours away – who has time for that??? Love these, they look amazing – pinning!

  28. Agreed! Why can’t apple season last all year?! I love these easy croissants – they look delicious! We just went apple picking and I have SO many. And these look like the perfect dessert to use them in! Pinned 🙂

  29. Puff pastry is a wonderful thing! So are these croissants!

  30. All hail ready-made puff pastry! Life is just too short to make your own, and I certainly don’t want to get up at 3am to make breakfast – these are absolutely perfect!

  31. Oh my word, this looks amazing!

  32. omgosh, I haven’t had time to look up from my blog in forever, finally reading a little and totally missed your new desing!! I’m in love with it! And, always love your recipes!! 

  33. My old college roommate used to make croissants from scratch for Christmas and Easter, and ohmygosh… They took almost 2 days! No way is that worth doing for a blog post, unless it’s, like, your blog’s birthday or something. But cake with PB filling is much better. 😉 So glad you had an awesome time on your birthday, complete with donuts and apple picking! 🙂 Pinned!

  34. Oh my, I love these. Puff pastry is one of my favorites. So easy to use and so versatile, especially for those times when you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen, but still want something delicious to indulge on!

  35. Homemade croissant dough? Giiiirl, you crazy. It’s all about PP for me! These look DIVINE.

  36. YUM! These sound so delicious. This is the second time I’ve heard about Apple Hill (and their donuts) this week. I think I need to make a trip up there, I’ve never been.

  37. YUM! These look amazing! I’ll have to try them with all the apples we have laying around from apple picking. 

  38. I was in an apple mood this evening! I found this apple croissant recipe and LOVE it! I used Pillsbury Cresents and they turned out great! Paired well with my spiced up cider!! Happy Fall!!

  39. Anyone have a good recipe for kriespies or some call them elephant ears….please give me a hand.   Clap clap haha .THANK you.

  40. These croissants were wonderful and easy to make.

  41. These are soooo good! My whole family loved them. I’m going to have to make another batch tomorrow! Thanks for the great Fall recipe 🙂

  42. Looks so delicious!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! This apple croissants will be a great choice for breakfast.

  43. Thank you so much… my family and I moved from Sacramento to TN. And my kids always say every fall that they miss Apple Hill. This brings back so many memories. Cant’ wait to make them.

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