Easy Homemade Chocolate Mini Croissant Recipe

With just a handful of ingredients and a touch of love, these delectable easy homemade chocolate mini croissants are a delightful way to bring the magic of a French bakery into your home.

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Meet Riann, our skilled pastry chef extraordinaire! Her passion for the art of pastry-making is undeniable – it’s practically an addiction! Riann has an enduring fondness for French pastries, and, as such, she’s on a mission of self-guided exploration, fine-tuning her skills to ingeniously transform classic French pastries into delightful dairy-free creations.

So, indulge in a touch of French sophistication from the comfort of your own kitchen with this easy homemade chocolate mini croissant recipe. As the sun peeks through the curtains, casting a warm glow, you embark on a delightful culinary adventure. With a simple mix of flour, butter, yeast, and a sprinkle of magic, the dough comes to life under your skilled hands. Rolling it out into a thin sheet, you spread a luscious layer of velvety chocolate, and the air fills with the aroma of anticipation for your flaky butter croissants. With a few precise cuts and gentle folds, you transform the dough into charming mini croissants, their crescent shapes a testament to your craftsmanship. These easy homemade mini chocolate croissants are the perfect homemade croissants. As these fresh croissants bake to a glorious golden hue, the kitchen becomes a sanctuary of delight. Moments later, you take the first bite of these perfect croissants, and the delicate flakiness gives way to an explosion of rich, molten chocolate, leaving you enchanted and ready to share these delectable treats with loved ones. 

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The Procedure 

Let’s get right into it. Making croissants isn’t for the faint of heart. Once you’ve successfully made the dough, it gets fun and easy! It’s the homemade croissant dough that’s the tricky part. From there, you cut and roll – add the filling you choose! Below in you’ll find step-by-step instructions, including photos and video tutorials.

    • Make the butter layer, aka the butter block. 
    • Create a simple dough combining warm water, flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
    • Roll out the dough into a spacious rectangle.
    • Envelop the butter layer (butter block) within the dough.
    • Roll out the dough again to form another spacious rectangle, then fold it together.
    • Repeat the process  (lamination) – roll-out, fold together – three times. Refrigerate in between each turn.
    • Roll out the dough a final time.
    • Cut the croissants.
    • Bake. 

Most stages have resting periods, making the majority of the time hands-off. To encourage the development of all the layers, croissant dough necessitates frequent refrigerated rests. This is why I consider crafting croissants a project. Allocate a day, with ample intervals between steps, to undertake this endeavor.

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What is Lamination? (first things first!)

Laminating dough is the process of folding butter into dough many times, which creates multiple alternating layers of butter and dough. When the laminated dough bakes, the butter melts and creates steam. This steam lifts the layers apart, leaving us with dozens of flaky airy buttery layers.

    • Dough, butter, dough = 3 layers
    • Roll out, fold into thirds = 9 layers
    • Repeat roll and fold = 27 layers
    • One last roll and fold = 81 layers

Laminating dough 3 times gives us 81 layers. Rolled croissants hold these layers. Biting one means enjoying hundreds of layers.

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Mini Croissant Ingredients

These mini croissants are straight-forward to make! Give them a try!

    • Unsalted Vegan Butter – Unsalted vegan butter is a dairy-free alternative to traditional butter made from plant-based ingredients. It offers a rich and creamy texture that works well in various recipes, whether you’re baking, cooking, or spreading it on your favorite bread. This vegan butter is perfect for those following a vegan or dairy-free lifestyle, providing a versatile option for both savory and sweet dishes.
    • All-Purpose Flour – All-purpose flour is a staple ingredient in many kitchens, widely used for baking and cooking purposes. This versatile flour is suitable for a wide range of recipes, from making fluffy pancakes and tender cookies to crafting savory sauces and crispy batters. Its balanced protein content makes it a go-to choice for achieving consistent and reliable results in your culinary creations.
    • Active or Instant Yeast – Active or instant yeast is a key component in bread and dough recipes, playing a crucial role in the leavening process. Active yeast requires proofing in warm water to activate its fermentation properties, while instant yeast can be mixed directly into the dry ingredients. Whichever type you choose, these yeasts contribute to the rise, flavor, and texture of your baked goods, giving them that unmistakable aroma and delightful taste.
    • Warm Water – Warm water is an essential ingredient in many recipes, especially those involving yeast activation. It serves as the catalyst for yeast fermentation, helping the dough rise and develop its desired texture. Using warm water encourages the yeast to become active and create the gas necessary for proper leavening. The temperature of the water is crucial, as too hot or too cold water can affect the outcome of your baked goods.
    • Salt – Beyond a simple seasoning, salt is the flavor enhancer that transforms ingredients. It balances sweetness, highlights savory elements, and turns ordinary dishes into extraordinary delights. A kitchen essential that makes a big impact with just a pinch.
    • Chocolate Chips Tiny bursts of chocolate delight, chocolate chips are the baker’s secret ingredient. These bite-sized morsels hold the power to transform cookies, muffins, and brownies into irresistible treats. They melt into gooey pockets of sweetness, creating a symphony of textures and flavors.
Easy Homemade Chocolate Mini Croissant Recipe is a delectable combination of wholesome and thoughtfully chosen ingredients, ensuring a dairy-free pastry that delights both the palate and the eyes.

Butter Block Video Tutorial

Watch pastry chef, Riann, make a butter block like Julia Child! She talks you through the entire video step-by-step.

How to Make Easy Homemade Chocolate Mini Croissant Recipe 

Make the Butter Block Like Julia Child!

We’re channeling Julia and facing our fears and diving into the world of homemade croissants! If the thought makes you want to bolt, I get it. Let’s be clear: croissants are no walk in the park. They demand time, patience, and plenty of rolling. Yet, don’t let the advanced nature of this recipe intimidate you. You don’t need to be a baking pro to give it a shot. Creating a butter block is simple.

    • Cold Butter – From the fridge, get cold sticks of butter.
    • Parchment Paper – Place it between two sheets of parchment paper.
    • Pound (just like Julia!) – Gently pound – flatten the butter with a rolling pin.
    • Fold – Fold the parchment-wrapped butter into thirds.
    • Chill – Chill the folded butter block in the refrigerator until firm.

Now you have a butter block ready for laminating. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on making a butter block like Julia Child! Fun AND  effective!!!

Make the Dough.

    • Mix Dry Ingredients – Whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Let dough rest
    • Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients – Using the large bowl of a stand mixer, pour the activated yeast mixture into the dry ingredients. So this is in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix everything until a soft dough forms using the dough hook attachment.
    • Form the Shaggy Dough into a Ball – The dough will be very sticky at first, so use flour sparingly. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
    • Roll out the dough in a rectangle – The exact dimensions aren’t necessary, but roughly 20″ x “10”.
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Incorporate the butter block into the dough.

    • Roll out the ‘shaggy’ dough in a rectangle, preferably 20″x10″
    • Place the square butter block in the middle.
    • Fold the dough like an envelope.
    • Seal the butter block on each side
    • Roll out the dough again
    • Turn
    • Chill for 30 minutes between each ‘turn.’

This is time-consuming, with downtime between each ‘rolling’ and ‘turning.’ Be patient, though. It will be worth it!

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Time to cut and roll your mini croissant dough.

Carefully slice your croissant dough into triangular shapes using a pizza or pastry cutter. This precise cutting step sets the stage for beautifully formed croissants that are ready to transform into delectable treats.

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Generously fill them with decadent chocolate chips. These tiny pockets of goodness will infuse each bite with a rich, gooey sweetness, elevating your croissants to a new level of irresistible temptation.

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Evenly space your rolled croissants on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bruch on milk to make them crispy and brown on the top!

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Gently drape a loose covering over the formed croissants and allow them to rest at room temperature (you can simply leave them on the kitchen counter) for one hour. Following this, transfer them to the refrigerator for another hour. In contrast to many croissant recipes, I prefer the shaped croissants to enter the oven while cold, as this prevents excessive spreading during baking. Over the course of the initial hour at room temperature and the subsequent hour in the refrigerator, the croissants will undergo rising and proofing.

Once this process is complete, your croissants are prepared for baking – a moment to celebrate! To give them a final touch, apply a delicate layer of milk wash.

Mini Chocolate Croissant Video Tutorial

Watch pastry chef, Riann, make easy, homemade chocolate mini croissants. She talks you through the entire video step-by-step.

Bake! We like to bake our croissants until the are browned on the top and a bit crispy on the bottom! YUM!

Ways To Serve Easy Homemade Chocolate Mini Croissant Recipe 

Enjoy the French romance of serving your mini croissants.

    • As a Breakfast Delight: Start your day on a sweet note by serving the mini croissants with fresh fruit and a hot cup of coffee or tea. Their flaky, chocolate-filled goodness is sure to make your mornings extra special.
    • Brunch Buffet: Arrange the mini croissants on a platter as part of a brunch spread, alongside other pastries, cheeses, and cold cuts, offering a delightful balance between sweet and savory options.
    • Afternoon Tea Treat: Elevate your afternoon tea time with a plate of chocolate mini croissants, perfect for dipping into your favorite tea or hot chocolate.
    • Dessert Indulgence: Turn these mini croissants into a decadent dessert by serving them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
    • Party or Gathering: Impress your guests at a gathering or party by offering a delightful tray of these mini croissants, as they make for elegant finger food that everyone will enjoy.
    • Lunchbox Surprise: Pack a couple of these mini croissants in your or your loved one’s lunchbox for a sweet surprise during the day.
    • Homemade Gift: Share the love by gifting a batch of these delicious treats to friends, family, or coworkers, beautifully wrapped with a ribbon or placed in a decorative box.
    • Create a Croissant Platter: Offer an assortment of mini croissants, including plain, chocolate-filled, and other flavored variations, for a croissant platter that caters to different tastes.
    • Picnic Treat: Take the mini croissants on a picnic to enjoy in the great outdoors, paired with some fresh fruit and a refreshing beverage.
    • Custom Toppings: Experiment with toppings like chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or a dusting of cocoa powder on the croissants to add extra flavor and visual appeal.

Remember that these chocolate mini croissants are not only delicious on their own but can also be a canvas for creativity, allowing you to explore different serving ideas and personalize them to suit various occasions and preferences. Enjoy the magic of these delightful pastries!

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More Dairy-Free & Egg Free Desserts

Can you say yum! 

    • Dairy-Free Peppermint Chocolate MoussePeppermint mousse parfaits are a delightful and indulgent dessert, combining the rich and creamy texture of chocolate mousse with the refreshing burst of peppermint, creating a truly wonderful and irresistible treat.
    • Ultimate Dairy-Free CannolisVegan cannolis are a delightfully exquisite dessert, boasting a harmonious blend of crispy, flaky shells and lusciously creamy fillings that captivate the senses and offer a truly blissful indulgence.
    • Rustic Hand-Cut Sugar Cookies These themed vegan sugar cookies are versatile and easy to make. They will please even the harshest baked goods critics!
    • Dairy-Free Greek Yogurt Dessert This Vegan Greek Yogurt Dessert is fresh, healthy, and not too sweet. It’s a visually interesting and beautiful dessert and is one of my personal favorites!

If you decide to try any of these recipes, please let us know by leaving a comment below

Easy Homemade Chocolate Mini Croissant Recipe

Denise Keniston - Basil Lover
With just a handful of ingredients and a touch of love, these delectable easy homemade chocolate mini croissants are a delightful way to bring the magic of a French bakery into your home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling and Resting 5 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine French

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 1/8 cup warm water
  • 2 1/8 sticks unsalted butter, made into butter block
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar (for dusting the croissants after baking, optional

Instructions
 

  • Make a Butter Block - A butter block is a solid slab of chilled unsalted butter used in pastry-making to create distinct layers of buttery goodness in croissants and other laminated doughs.
  • Activate the Yeast - Pour the the warm warm water in a small bowl. Sprinkle the active dry yeast over the liquid and gently stir. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast becomes frothy and activated.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients - In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and salt.
  • Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients - Using the large bowl of a stand mixer, pour the activated yeast mixture into the dry ingredients. Do this in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix everything until a soft dough forms using the dough hook attachment.
  • Form the dough into a ball - Form the dough into a ball. Let rise for 30 mintues and then refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the refrigerator - On a flat, floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 20"x10".
  • Incorporate Butter Block - Add the butter block to the dough. Fold over and seal the edges making an envelope.
  • Roll and Shape the Croissants - Roll out the yeast dough about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. Using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut the dough into narrow triangles. 
  • Add the filling - There are many, many options you can use for filling. We added chocolate chips for this recipe.
  • Allow to Rise - Arrange the mini croissants on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover them with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise for another 30 minutes. Then transfer croissants to refrigerator and allow to cool for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat and Brush - Preheat your oven to 310°F (205°C). Brush the risen mini croissants with milk, ensuring each one gets a generous coating.
  • Bake - Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the mini croissants for approximately 12-15 minutes until they turn golden brown and become puffed up.
  • Optional Dusting - If desired, dust the freshly baked mini croissants with powdered sugar to add an extra touch of sweetness.
  • Serve and Enjoy - Allow the mini croissants to cool slightly before serving. Savor the magic of your easy homemade chocolate mini croissants with a warm coffee or tea, and share the joy with family and friends!
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