Easy Almond Croissants (VIDEO)
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These Easy Almond Croissants are the best way to use up leftover croissants! This method is brilliant! French bakeries re-purpose day-old leftover croissants this way and they cost a pretty penny at the bakery but you can make them at home for a fraction of the price!
I buy the big packs of croissants at Costco and make a bunch of them at once to feed a crowd. Serve these easy almond croissants at your next brunch party! Your kitchen will smell like a French Bakery and you’ll feel like a baking pro with minimal effort #WINNING!
This croissant recipe has been a reader favorite on my blog for years after my cousins wife, Katya, introduced me to these delicious pastries. Read the glowing reviews here.
Watch How to Make Easy Almond Croissants:
Mmm… crispy edges, crunchy nuts, and moist on the inside. These easy almond croissants are truly melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
p.s. because I know someone will ask, this little sugar duster is awesome!
And the best part is – these almond croissants are so easy!!
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Easy Almond Croissants (VIDEO)
- 8 medium/large croissants, day-old*
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup golden rum, or substitute with 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup almond meal/ almond flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 8 Tbsp or 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Confectioners sugar, to dust
To Make the Soaking Syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, 1/4 cup rum and 2 Tbsp sugar. Stir and bring to a simmer then remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
How to Make Almond Cream Filling**
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup almond meal, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 tsp salt. Stir until combined. Add 1/2 cup softened butter and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended.
Add eggs one at a time then increase to medium high speed and beat until thick, fluffy and frosting like in consistency.
How to Assemble Easy Almond Croissants:
Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
Slice day-old croissants in half lengthwise (like a sandwich) and dip each side lightly in the syrup. They should be moist but not soaking well. Arrange them on prepared baking sheet. Remove the tops, keeping them paired with their bases.
Spread 2 Tbsp of almond cream over the bottom half of each croissant, cover with the top halves and spread another 1 Tbsp of almond cream over each one. Sprinkle tops with sliced almonds and bake at 350˚F for about 15 - 18 min or until cream is golden. Transfer to wire rack and cool to room temp or until just warm. Just before serving, dust with powdered sugar. These are best served the day they are made.
*Leave croissants at room temperature uncovered overnight. They need to be a day old and slightly dry before using.
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Q: Have you tried these yet? I would love to hear what you thought in a comment below! 🙂
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I made the filling and put it inside the Pillsberry doughboy croissants as well as put it on top and baked it according to directions they were delicious.
Yum! That sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.
I made the cream filling and put it inside the Pillsbury doughboy croissant and frosted them on top just like you did. They were delicious.
I’m so glad you loved it, Carmen!
Amazing! My family fought over the last one, we had to divide it by 6….so easy and makes day old croissants seem like fresh from the bakery. This is a keeper!
That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so glad you found a keeper. 🙂
These almond croissants are so easy and quick to make. Just the right amount of sweetness & are absolutely delicious. Everyone raved & want the recipe. You will be a star serving these wonderful delights. Enjoy
Thank you for your good comments and feedback!
I made these and they are so easy and delicious, i added a tsp or so of almond extract to the almond flour mixture because i love the almond flavor. They also reheat very well in the airfyer the next day to make them taste like they just came out of the oven
Hi Joyce, so good to know that you enjoyed this recipe!
I tried these and they are amazing! I used store-made croissants, can I use homeade croissants instead?
Hi! So glad you enjoyed them. I think that would be fine, but day old, left over croissants work best for this recipe.
I’d like to know what Golden rum brand do you use with this recipe?
Hi Jenny, you may use any 1/4 cup golden rum or substitute with 1 tsp vanilla extract. I hope you love this recipe.
After visiting France in 2019 I fell in LOVE with almond croissants. Since then I make this recipe using smaller store bought croissants at least once every 2 months, sometimes more 🙂 and everybody loves them! My son cannot have nuts, do you think I could make these using coconut flour instead of almond flour? I think it would be delish, but never baked using coconut flour. Any advice is appreciated.
Hi Blossom, authentic French Croissants sound amazing! I haven’t tried this with coconut flour to advise on it working out. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe/
Love following you!! They are a family favorite, can’t wait to bake!!! Thank you! Your fabulous!!!
Aww, Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Gail! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes!
Help!! I made these this morning and they were good but had an eggy taste. Does anyone know why this would be? 😱 I had these at a fantastic restaurant in Bellevue WA and want to replicate so bad.
Hi Lisa, did you follow the recipe exactly, or leave out any ingredients like sugar or vanilla? These ingredients really help to mask the eggy taste. I would also check the freshness of your eggs. Elderly eggs can develop that taste. When adding the eggs to the mixture, you’ll need to increase to medium-high speed and beat until thick, fluffy, and frosting-like in consistency. If the eggs are not mixed well they can have an eggy taste. I hope this helps and hope you try this recipe again.
Hello. What kind of gold rum did you use for this recipe? Thanks
Hi Jessica, you may use any 1/4 cup golden rum or substitute with 1 tsp vanilla extract. I hope you love this recipe.
I’ve made this several times now and always a hit. I buy day old croissants at our grocery store, so it’s a great deal!
Sounds great! I’m glad you always enjoy this recipe.
Absolutely delicious. Thank you for the recipe. I’ve made these several times now.
You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Sandia!
Is eating raw eggs in the filling a health issue? These sound (and look) sooo delicious! Would love to try them. Almonds and croissants….what’s not to love.☺️
Hi Bev, I wouldn’t eat the filling without baking the croissants. After the croissants are baked, the egg is cooked along with it.
With the almond croissants, is there something else one could use rather than the golden rum?
Hi MaryAnne, that’s a great question, we have that listed in the recipe “1/4 cup golden rum or substitute with 1 tsp vanilla extract” I hope you love this recipe.
How have I not commented before on this recipe!? These are delicious! Just delicious. I’ve made these for guests so many times and each time I get asked for the recipe. I’m GF, I use Canyon Bakehouse GF English muffins in stead of the croissants, and then follow the rest of the recipe. I make these for my family with croissants as well. Both are a great success.
I’m so happy to hear this was a hit, Inga! Thank you for sharing that with me!
Great croissant recipe. Easy and great almond flavor. Got a lot of complements. Thanks
That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Franklin!
I tried the recipe for the almond croissants and they turned out delicious!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Florence! THank you for sharing this lovely review with me.
Hi Natasha! Love all of your recipes. Will definitely try this; it looks amazing. What can I substitute the RUM with. Not a fan of rum.
Hi Barb, great question, we have that listed in the recipe “1/4 cup golden rum or substitute with 1 tsp vanilla extract” I hope you love this recipe.
These are fantastic. So easy to make and so delicious. Not to sweet but flaky and it has that great almond flavor. Dipping in the syrup was a little difficult and I read a review where they brushed the syrup on. Worked great. Family loves them.
Hi Claudia, I’m happy to hear that you loved these croissants. Thanks for sharing that with us, we appreciate your great review!
Have made these and they’re FANTASTIC! Am making for Christmas goodies for neighbors. Love your site and videos!
I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes, Shelley! Thank you for that wonderful feedback!
Have you ever tried to make a croissant dough?
Hi Elena, I haven’t tried that yet but that’s a good idea for a future video. Thanks for your suggestion.
These are so good. Sometimes I don’t leave them out overnight and don’t soak them. Also can add Nutella inside, got that from a friend
Great idea! Thank you for sharing that tip with us!
Sooo excited to make these, I used perfectly good fresh croissants. It was a little difficult to handle but boy were they worth it. I added about 2 tbs amaretto liquor to the filling just because i LOVE almond flavors. A HIT in this household.
Super! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!
Can you make the syrup and almond paste ahead of time?
Hi Aimee, yes, both can be made ahead and kept separate. If the almond mixture is difficult to spread, just let it sit at room temperature for a bit to soften.
Love all your recipes but I was just wondering is there anything wrong with your website cannot get into watching you make the cakes
Hopefully it can be sorted out so I can enjoy watching more if you beautiful cakes
Could you let me know
Hi Patricia, the website looks alright. You can also go to my YouTube channel directly to watch more of my videos.
Hi Sally, Can I use this basic croissant recipe and replace the butter layer with almond paste to make almond croissants instead of plain ones ? THanks! Eva
What do you do with left over syrup?
Hi Jessica, the syrup can be reused on other pastry/ breakdast goods if you have any leftovers. From pancakes to cakes. I hope that helps
Hi Natasha, l have been following you and love ALL your recipes. Almond is my favorite sweet flavor. I want to try these almond croissants but do not understand the substitute of only 1 tsp vanilla for 1/4 C golden rum. That would not be enough liquid. Please explain. I would love to see you have a cooking show on Chip and Joann Gaines new network. Thanks for all the great recipes. Mary
Hi Mary, too much vanilla can overwhelm the recipe. Also, I usually have some liquid leftover, but you can add a little more water to maintain the same level of liquid.
So good! I always wondered what I could do with leftover croissants besides French toast!!! These were amazing and not too sweet which my hubby appreciated:) thanks for the recipe you always have the best ideas!!!
I’m so happy you loved the almonds croissants! Thank you for the wonderful review.
These were absolutely delicious, and came together quickly. I didn’t have any powdered sugar but they were very tasty without it. I wonder if you couldn’t use Amaretto for the rum? Or Grand Marnier? I had rum, but thought about using another liquere. I will definitely be making these again. Another great recipe from Natasha.
I’m so happy you enjoyed that Farrel! I haven’t tested it with that but I imagine it would make it that much more tasty!
Made these for some gal pals yesterday. Added 2tsp of almond extraxt to the filling. Easy and UNBELEIVABLY DELICIOUS !!! We ate the entire batch. Thank you for the recipe.
That’s so awesome Leanne! Sounds like you found a new favorite! Thank you for sharing your awesome review with me!
How long will the powdered sugar last once put on?
Hi Elana, you could probably keep it refrigerated about 3 days. I wouldn’t go longer than that since it does have raw egg in it but the powdered sugar is not the perishable part 🙂
Question: I would like to know on the easy almond croissants if it is OK to make the filling three or 4 days ahead, and keep refrigerated ready for use?
I haven’t held it for that long ahead of time but I think that could work! If you try that I would love to know how it works out!
Hi Natasha, so I made the filling 4 days in advance, packed it up and took it on a Christmas vacation to use Christmas morning.
The results were great! The filling did not separate nor get watery, and once left at room temperature from the fridge for a few hours prior to making the croissants, spread onto the bread effortlessly. By the way, they were SO delicious with our breakfast that day. Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for sharing that with me!
Hey, in the video it says to use almond meal but in the picture it shows Bobs Red Mill Almond Flour. Which one is correct?
Hi Olga, I used a super fine almond meal. Sometimes it will say almond meal and sometimes almond flour and sometimes one bag will say both. Make sure it is finely ground without brown flecks in it 🙂
These are amazing! I’m making them for the 4th time tonight (each time for different people) and everybody LOVED them! I only make them for guests because i need to send the leftovers home with them, otherwise i am in big trouble 🙂
That’s awesome! I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a hit! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Sarah!
Hi Natasha! I really like this recipe and I would like to ask if by any chance u have a good recipe for homemade croissants???
Hi Ligy, I don’t have one yet but if I come up with something great, I will be sure to share it 🙂
hi natasha, how long will the cream filling keep in the fridge for?
Hi Emely, you could probably keep it refrigerated about 3 days. I wouldn’t go longer than that since it does have raw egg in it.
This is the bomb! ! They’re to die for! easy to make, and sooooo delicious, full of flavors. I didn’t have the rum, so I used vanilla instead. The smell and taste was amazing. Thankyou!
You’re welcome Lina! I’m glad you love it! Thanks for sharing your excellent review!
These are sooo good! I never heard of anything like this so was excited to try and wow! Keeping this one!
I’m glad you enjoy the recipe Sarah! Thanks for sharing your great review!
Made them yesterday! Sadly, the almond cream/ paste didn’t turn out. It wouldn’t get fluffy frosting like. It’s was droopy no matter how long I beat it..:( I still used it though and they turned out okay. Just not sure what went wrong with the filling..
Hi Elaine, make sure the butter is softened but not melted when using. If you over soften the butter, it won’t form into a frosting consistency. If that happens, I would suggest refrigerating the mixture for 15 minutes and then beating again. I hope that helps! Otherwise, if it is just normally softened butter, I would suggest beating a little longer until it thickens into a frosting-like consistency. It doesn’t seem like it will thicken initially but it does as you continue beating.
Okay that makes sense because I put the butter in the microwave for 30 sec. hoping to soften it but it did melt. Also, I used vegan butter. Do you think that could have affected the outcome?
Yes that would cause that kind of issue. I’m not sure about the vegan butter since I have never tested it so I don’t have any insight there.
These are amazing! I added a little almond extract to the filling/topping, otherwise followed directions exactly. Absolutely wonderful!
I’m glad you love the recipe Barbara! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review!
I forgot to rate this….no 10 stars, so 5 will have to do 😁😁😁
Awesome, thank you Cindy! 🙂
Just made these this morning to see if I need to make them on our upcoming trip to Seaside, OR….YES!!!!! Oh momma…so delish! Thanks for your yummy recipes and wonderful presentations! I really liked the demo video 😊
You’re welcome Cindy! I’m so glad you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! 🙂
I bought the smaller crossiants by mistake, but made this anyway and they are delicious. I’ve eaten 4 in less than 30 minutes. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Love it.
Hi Judith, I’m so glad you enjoyed the croissants!! You can make them with smaller croissants but depending on the size, you can create several more with the recipe so you don’t overwhelm your croissants with almond cream. 🙂 Thank you for your wonderful review!
These are currently in the oven as we speak, can’t wait to try them😍
Please let me know how they turn out Bianca!
I LOVE Almond Croissants from Trader Joes, but these will probably be less expensive. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
You’re welcome Alena! Please let me know what you think of the recipe!
Hi Natasha, what do you think about making the syrup and paste in the evening, and assemble everything next morning, would it work, or not?
Thanks for inspiration,
Hi Natasha (great name by the way! ;)) Yes, that would work! Buy the croissants the day before and leave them uncovered overnight and you can make the syrup and the filling the day before but refrigerate the filling since it has eggs in the mixture. You can leave syrup covered at room temp. Assemble everything the following day. I hope you love the recipe!
I’ve made these this weekend. OMG so good!
I’m so happy to hear that Lily! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! 😀
So pretty and love how easy they are! I love almonds
Thank you so much Katherine! 😉
I make these all the time, and they are delicious! 😋
I’m glad you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing Natasha!
The video wouldn’t play. Only the ad. It counted down, but demo part never played. Ad repeated! 😕
The video player must have gotten stuck. I tried playing it and I am seeing it now. I will report the issue to my tech team and see if they can look into it further. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for letting me know that!!
So cute! Can’t wait to make these! Loved how you lightly slapped your hubby’s hand at the end 😂
LOl, thank you! Please let me know what you think of the recipe Anna!
The almond paste filling is my favorite part of almond croissants, so I love how you topped these with it too. Yum, I’m excited to try these! 🙂
The taste is really incredible! Please let me know what you think of the recipe Olviya!
YUMM! Can’t wait to try those babies.
Oooh I hope you LOVE them! 🙂
Hi Natasha, These look yummy! How far in advance can they be made and if any leftovers how do you store them? Going to make them for weekend guests.
Hi Sherry, you can prep the croissants and syrup a day ahead and then make the almond cream and assemble the day you are serving. Just before serving, dust with powdered sugar. These are best served the day they are made.
Wow, that almond cream you made, I think I will use that for everything from a bakery. Thanks for sharing this!
Hi Jenny, thank you! If you experiment with it, I’d love to know what you try! 🙂