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Apple Croissants made with prepared puff pastry, and homemade apple filling is perfect for a fall breakfast. They’re drizzled with a simple apple cider glaze for the finishing touch!

These apple croissants are super simple, fast to make and loaded with cinnamon apples. They’re like flaky handheld apple pies you can make for breakfast – they taste like fall with all that apple goodness.

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Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients in Easy Apple Croissants
  2. How to Make Apple Croissants with Puff Pastry
  3. Storing and Freezing
  4. Favorite Fall Breakfast Recipes
  5. Easy Apple Croissants Recipe

Why You’ll Love Apple Croissants

These are semi-homemade apple croissants and so easy to make. I use store-bought puff pastry sheets and a homemade cinnamon apple filling. Knowing how to make a croissant with puff pastry is such a great shortcut. They taste like they’re from a bakery!

What makes them extra special is apple cider. It’s in the filling and the glaze, so these apple stuffed croissants are just bursting with apple flavor. I’ve also used apple juice, and it works great. Using cider or juice instead of water just adds so much flavor.

I just love apple season, and there’s this apple croissant recipe is the perfect way to celebrate. Flaky, sweet, and that delicious apple filling – it’s a match in fall heaven.

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Ingredients in Easy Apple Croissants

  • Unsalted butter
  • Peeled diced apples
  • Granulated sugar
  • Apple cider or juice
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Thawed puff pastry
  • Powdered sugar
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How to Make Apple Croissants with Puff Pastry

  • Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the apple, sugar, apple cider, and cinnamon. Stir so the apples are coated. Once the mixture bubbles, cook the apple for three minutes. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Pour the mixture into the pan and stir until the liquid thickens. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Cut the thawed puff pastry sheet into six rectangles.
  • Divide the apple filling equally amount the rectangles and then roll the dough up. Pinch the ends to seal the dough.
  • Place the croissants on a prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the apple croissants for 15 to 18 minutes at 375° or until the puff pastry is golden brown. Allow the croissants to cool before glazing them.
  • How to make glaze for croissants: Whisk melted butter, powdered sugar, and apple cider until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cooled croissants.
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Storing and Freezing

You can store these for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and air fry to reheat. Or freeze them for up to 3 months.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to use thawed puff pastry sheets. Follow the instructions on the package for the best way to do it.
  • When you roll up the dough with the filling, make sure the dough isn’t too soft. This means the butter has warmed up and is starting to melt. To firm up the butter, you can chill the croissants for 10 or 20 minutes. This will ensure you get all those lovely flaky layers!
  • These apple stuffed croissants are best the day they’re made. They will keep at room temperature or in the fridge, but the pastry will soften and not be as flaky.

Favorite Fall Breakfast Recipes

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Easy Apple Croissants

4.41 from 5 votes
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!
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 6 croissants
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter divided
  • 1 cup (129g) diced apple that’s been peeled and cored about 1 medium
  • 1 tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (59ml) apple cider or juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (4g) cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) water
  • 1 sheet puff pastry thawed according to package directions
  • ½ cup (57g) powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the croissants are golden brown. Let cool before glazing.
  • 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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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword apple
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Easy Apple Croissants are the perfect breakfast – make cinnamon apple croissants with puff pastry and a simple glaze. These are the best fall baking recipe!

Last Updated on August 2, 2022

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64 Comments

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

  2. 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!!

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!! 

  9. 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!