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What happens when you take frozen mini croissants and cook them in a waffle maker? You get croffles! These golden treats are buttery, flaky and coated in caramelized cinnamon sugar. So good!

Looking for an easy breakfast idea that 100% delivers? Try this croffle recipe. My family goes crazy for these and they hardly require any effort. Frozen mini croissants are defrosted, tossed with cinnamon sugar, then cooked in a waffle iron until golden.

Why You’ll Love This Croffles Recipe

  • Easy. It doesn’t get any simpler than this recipe. You only need 3 ingredients and the end result is compulsively munchable.
  • So tasty. The cinnamon sugar caramelizes as each croffle cooks, so the outside has an extra bit of crunch and sweetness.
  • Flexible. You can eat croffles alone, or add your favorite waffle fixings. I’ve even served them for dessert by tucking them into bowls with vanilla ice cream and a few ice cream toppings.

What Are Croffles?

Croffles are croissants that are cooked in a waffle maker instead of being baked in the oven. I recommend using mini croissants. Full size croissants tend to puff up too much and the end result doesn’t look like a waffle. Make sure you let the croissants thaw fully! I usually let them thaw overnight in the fridge.

Only 3 Ingredients

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this croffle recipe:

  • Frozen mini unbaked croissants – Defrosted. I use the ones from Trader Joes, which has 8 croissants per package. You’ll need 16 mini croissants to make 4 croffles.
  • Cinnamon sugar – Here’s an easy cinnamon sugar recipe.
  • PAM – To grease your waffle maker.

How to Make Croffles

Are you ready to make some croffles? Here’s how to do it:

  • Preheat your oven to 200F. Place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven. This is to keep your croffles warm between batches. However, if your family keeps eating them as soon as they are done you may not need this step.
  • Preheat your waffle iron. Spray it with a bit of PAM to prevent sticking.
  • Toss the defrosted croissants in cinnamon sugar. Place the cinnamon sugar in a medium bowl and toss each defrosted croissant in. Roll it around gently to coat each one in cinnamon sugar.
  • Cook the croffles. Place 4 of the coated mini croissants in your waffle maker, one per section of the waffle iron. Close the iron until golden brown.
  • Keep warm. When each croffle is cooked, place it in the oven to keep warm.
  • Serve. Enjoy plain, or warm with maple syrup, whipped cream and fresh berries. (Similar to waffles)

Tips for Success

  • Press down. When you add the croissants to your waffle maker, press down firmly to force the croissants to spread out a bit. Hold the waffler maker closed with your hand for about 15 seconds. Then you can let go and allow the croffles to finish cooking.
  • Use mini croissants. Although you technically can use regular sized croissants, I prefer the mini ones because they are easier to form into a waffle shape. They also don’t get as puffy, which means the insides cook quicker.
  • Clean your waffle maker pronto. The butter in the croissant dough can leave melted fat in your waffle maker. How much depends on which brand you use, but there is no way around this since croissant dough is so buttery. However, if you clean your waffle maker before the butter has solidified it is easy to do. Just drain off any excess after you’ve made all the croffles, then wipe down your waffler maker with a few wet paper towels.
Pouring maple syrup on cooked croffles

Serving Suggestions

You can serve a croffle in so many ways. They are definitely tasty enough to be eaten on their own, or you can serve them with your favorite waffle fixings. I like a bit of maple syrup (not too much), whipped cream and fresh fruit on top. You could also serve croffles with a dusting of confectioners sugar. Experiment and find your favorite way to eat them!

For a dessert application, croffles are delicious tucked into the side of bowls filled with scoops of vanilla ice cream and your preferred toppings. Think of it as a deconstructed waffle bowl with caramelized cinnamon sugar on the waffle cone.

How to Store and Reheat Extras

Honestly, there have never been extras when I make these. Ever. But if you do happen to have some leftovers store as follows:

  • Fridge. Let them cool completely. Then transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freezer. After they have cooled, place them in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. I recommend sticking pieces of parchment paper between them to prevent sticking. Thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours before reheating. Don’t microwave them as that will make them soggy.
  • To reheat. Preheat your oven to 300F and then warm your croffle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for about 5 minutes, or until it reaches your desired temperature.

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Croffles

4.89 from 9 votes
This easy croffles recipe only needs 3 ingredients! Make crispy, flakey, buttery croffles coated in caramelized cinnamon sugar.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Yield: 4 croffles

Ingredients

  • 16 frozen mini unbaked croissants, defrosted (Like Trader Joes, which has 8 croissants per package)
  • 1 batch cinnamon sugar
  • PAM, as needed to prevent sticking

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200F. Place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven.
  • Preheat your waffle iron. Spray it with a bit of PAM to prevent sticking.
  • Toss croissants in cinnamon sugar. Place the cinnamon sugar in a medium bowl and toss each defrosted croissant in. Roll it around gently to coat each one in cinnamon sugar.
  • Cook the croffles. Place 4 of the coated mini croissants in your waffle maker, one per section of the waffle iron. Close the iron until golden brown.
  • Keep warm. When each croffle is cooked, place it in the oven to keep warm. Repeat for all the croffles.
  • Serve. You can eat these plain, or serve warm with maple syrup, whipped cream and fresh berries, similar to waffles.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1croffle | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 848IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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