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Easy and Quick Croissants Recipe

These butter croissants are flaky, buttery, and so rich. This recipe also uses a unique method that is quicker and easier than the traditional French croissant method!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Bake Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 18 to 20 croissants

Ingredients

For the croissants:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 & 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling and shaping
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed and frozen * see notes

For the egg wash:

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream

Instructions

  • To Make the Croissant Dough: In a small bowl, combine your water, milk, sugar, and yeast. Stir to combine, and let sit for 5 minutes, or until bubbling and foamy on top.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together your flour and salt. Add your frozen butter to the flour, and toss to distribute the butter and coat the butter in the flour. Add your yeast mixture to the flour / butter mixture. Stir until everything comes together into a dough. Don't knead! ** (see notes)
  • Laminating the Croissant Dough: Take your chilled dough out of the fridge and unwrap. Place on a lightly floured work surface, and roll the dough out into a rectangle that's about 9 x 15 inches large. Starting from a short end of the dough, roll the dough up tightly into a tube (like you would for cinnamon rolls). Rotate the dough 90°, and roll the dough out into a 9 x 15 inch rectangle again. Roll the dough into a tube once more, then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for another hour or up to 12 hours.
  • Shaping the Croissants: Take your chilled dough out of the fridge and place on a lightly floured work surface. To make shaping easier, I like to cut my dough in half and keep the other half in the fridge while I work to keep the butter cold. Roll the dough out into a rectangle that's just under a 1/4 inch thick. Cut off the sides of the dough to create straight edges, then cut triangles out of the dough.
  • Take one triangle and cut a short 1/2 inch slit on the bottom of the triangle. This helps with expansion while the croissants bake! Starting from the bottom of the triangle, roll the dough into a tube. Repeat the rolling and shaping with the remaining dough.
  • Transfer your shaped croissants (seam side down) onto a large, parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure to leave about 1 inch between each croissant to give them room to expand. Cover the croissants and let them sit and rise in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until just under doubled in size.
    Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • In a small bowl, beat together your egg yolk and cream. Brush this egg wash on your croissants once they've finished rising. Bake the croissants in the preheated 400°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they turn a deep golden brown color on the outside. Cool slightly before serving.

Notes

* Before making your croissant dough, cut a stick of butter into cubes and freeze for a minimum of 1 hour or until frozen solid. You can also do this the night before. 
** Don't knead the croissant dough! It only adds unnecessary work and it also runs the risk of having the butter soften (which can ruin the flakiness of the final product).