This Cruffin recipe is my go-to Christmas morning breakfast! Cruffins are quick and yummy — the perfect hand-held treats for spending time with loved ones! And I’ve created a white chocolate peppermint drizzle that cascades down these buttery muffins with just the right aroma to set the stage for the holidays.
So what is a cruffin, anyway? I’m glad you asked!
It features that flakey, buttery exterior that makes croissants so delectable, all rolled up and baked into a soft, scrumptious muffin!
Think of the flavors you like the most in your muffins — banana and chocolate, apple and cinnamon — and try them out with this cruffins recipe!
What other fun treats can we make with crescent rolls?
Well, if you have any stocking stuffer candy or maybe even candy leftover from Halloween, use it to make Snickers stuffed crescent roll mummies!
Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
- Croissant Dough – Let’s make this super easy and use refrigerated croissant sheets! They’re inexpensive and keep in the fridge for ages.
Prefer homemade? Go for it!
- Unsalted Butter – Please avoid salted butter — we don’t use any other salt at all in our cruffin recipe, so there’s no way to adjust for any additional salt.
- White Chocolate – Chips, morsels, or wafers are best for smooth, easily measurable melting.
The white color is definitely best for presentation, but dark chocolate and peppermint are a real winning combination, too. Go with your preference or serve a combination of the two!
- Peppermint Extract – Just a teaspoon is enough to flavor each bite with holiday cheer! Spearmint extract is a good substitute but it is a little bit sweeter.
- Coconut Oil – There isn’t really a good alternative for smooth, sweet coconut oil. Check out the tips below to learn why!
Tips for Totally Delicious Cruffins
- Make a silky smooth drizzle with the right ingredients.
Adding coconut oil to the peppermint chocolate drizzle will keep it from hardening, giving it a super silky texture that will easily coat each cruffin.
I also want to stress the importance of using chocolate that’s suitable for melting.
Not all are! High-quality chips are fine, and melting wafers are even better — they’re made for melting, after all!
- Secure the dough for a seamless cruffin recipe.
When you first open the croissant tubes, unroll each sheet and lay them out on your workspace. Line them up and press the perforations together.
Doing this will eliminate any seams and will prevent the dough pieces from potentially separating when slicing, rolling, and baking! It’s a very important step.
- Have fun with customizations!
The drizzle and sprinkles are the two easiest things to change and customize on a whim!
Just like how I’m using fun holiday sprinkles to make a Christmassy treat, you can use different toppings to create something totally unique.
I have some family members who love cream cheese icing, so for them, I’d make these with that creamy icing, a handful of blueberries, and bam!
A fruity, totally different dessert.
Red and white sprinkles for Valentine’s Day, green dye into the minty white chocolate for St. Patty’s Day… You get the picture! Be creative and spontaneous!
Storing and Serving
Any desserts made with croissant dough are best served immediately, right out of the oven and toasty warm!
But if you’re making these and storing them for later, hold off on the drizzle so that the crust doesn’t lose that crispness.
Keep any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature — refrigerating will harden the topping!
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Microwave-Safe Bowl – Anyone in the business of melting chocolates for sweets needs a handy microwave-safe bowl!
- Pastry Wheel – This helps make clean, even strips of dough, but a Pizza Cutter or sharp knife will work in a pinch.
- Muffin Pan – Silicone is a great non-stick option, but a standard metal pan helps muffins to brown evenly all the way around.
Cruffins Recipe FAQ
Both are desserts that use croissant dough to make something totally new! Can you guess the difference?
Cronuts are donuts made with croissants, and cruffins are muffins made with the same technique! The result? A crisper, flakier version of a traditional treat. And so easy to make at home!
You can! However, I’d recommend melting and brushing some butter over it. It’s not as buttery and flakey as croissant dough, so that change will get you closer to the ideal texture.
Sort of! They’re tastiest right out of the oven, but you can go ahead and prepare the dough a few days ahead of time and store it in the fridge.
Then all you have to do is pop them in the muffin pan and bake. You could even put them in the muffin tin, cover well with plastic wrap and foil, and really have them ready to go!
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Easy Breakfast Recipes
Easy Cruffins Recipe (Peppermint White Chocolate Cruffin)
- 16 ounces refrigerated croissant sheets, 2 8 ounce tubes
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup white chocolate chips, divided
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
- 2-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, for your work surface
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Holiday sprinkles
- Preheat the oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Prepare the croissant dough: Open both cans of croissants and lay them out on a floured countertop or board. Press the edges of the perforations together to eliminate any visible seams.
- Create the white chocolate layer: In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt ½ cup of white chocolate chips with ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract.
- Assemble the layers: Spread the melted chocolate over one layer of croissant dough. Top with the second layer of croissant dough.
- Slice and roll: Slice the dough into long strips, approximately 1 inch wide. You should be able to make about 8 rolls with this recipe. Roll each strip up, similar to a cinnamon roll.
- Brush with butter: Brush the top of each roll with melted butter.
- Arrange in muffin tin: Place each roll into a prepared muffin tin.
- Bake until golden: Bake for about 20 minutes or until they turn a lovely golden brown.
- Prepare the drizzle: While they are baking, melt the remaining ½ cup of white chocolate chips with ½ teaspoon peppermint extract and 1 teaspoon coconut oil. The coconut oil will make it smoother for drizzling.
- Drizzle and decorate: Remove the cruffins from the oven and let them cool slightly. Drizzle with the melted chocolate and top with holiday sprinkles.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published December 2023
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