I love having a special breakfast on Christmas morning.  Normally, my dad makes his buttermilk pancakes (with chocolate chips for me and my sister) with bacon, eggs and all of the fixings.  I haven’t seen my sister much lately, so I mentioned to her that I thought this year we should attempt homemade chocolate croissants for breakfast on Christmas morning.  I think she thinks I’m kidding, or losing my mind, but I am serious about at least attempting them!  I will not let some yeast and 3 sticks of butter intimidate me.  Until I can convince her that we should at least give it a try, I guess I’ll have to settle for these Chocolate Croissant Cookies!

This is not a bad cookie to settle for.  This simple cream cheese cookie dough is so easy to roll out and work with.  And you use a little of that butter you would be using to make real croissants to coat the dough before you roll it up around sugar and mini chocolate chips.

You will notice that my croissant rolling skills could use a little work, but I was really happy overall with the taste and appearance of these cookies.  The chocolate chips come spewing out when the cookies bake and the coarse sugar topping provides the slightest crunch.  If you are a chocolate lover and like making cookies, these Chocolate Croissant Cookies will be well worth your time.

Chocolate Croissant Cookies

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Perfect crescents of cream cheese dough filled with mini chocolate chips


  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp sugar, divided
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup, plus 2 Tbsp flour
  • 9 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • coarse sanding sugar


  1. In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream 8 Tbsp (1 stick) of the butter, the cream cheese and 1Tbsp of the sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and salt and mix.
  3. Add flour and mix well to incorporate.
  4. Divide dough into thirds, pat each 1/3 into a small disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Remove 1 disk of dough from refrigerator and roll out on floured surface into an 8-inch circle.
  7. Melt remaining 4 Tbsp of butter in a small bowl. Spread 1 1/3 Tbsp of butter onto rolled out disk of dough. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp sugar and 3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips over the butter. Use a pizza cutter to cut round of dough into 8 equal wedges. Begin with the base of the each wedge and roll it up placing the tip of the wedge under the roll. Place rolled cookies onto prepared baking sheets leaving 2 inches in between the cookies.
  8. Repeat with remaining disks of dough.
  9. Beat the egg in a small bowl and brush over tops of cookies. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Recipe adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine

once dough has chilled, roll out into 8-inch circle and spread with 1 1/3 Tbsp melted butter, and sprinkle sugar and chocolate chips over the top

cut into 8 wedges 

roll beginning with base of wedge, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake

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10 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Liz
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    I’m sure your family will love these on Christmas morning because they look scrumptious! I am adding to my list of must-make recipes! Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Dec 04, 2012 @ 11:50 am

      Thank you Liz, I hope you like these cookies, they are buttery and flakey just like a real croissant!


  2. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I’d be so impressed if you took on croissaints on Christmas morning! You could totally pull it off, but if it were me, I’d do all the dough the day before and just bake them the morning of. But of course that means hanging around on Christmas Eve day.


  3. Spencer
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Looks delicious! I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes great.


  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    These cookies look amazing, I love the chocolate filling!


  5. Live a Sweet Life
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    These look really good. Thanks for the great share!


    • Mercedes
      Dec 05, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!


  6. Jayne
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    This looks incredibly doable! I wanted to make little chocolate croissants with puff pastry but this seems even easier and less finicky. And I can brag about making it myself 100%. 😉


    • Mercedes
      Dec 07, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

      This dough is really buttery like puff pastry and yes, it does feel great to be able to say that you made the entire cookie yourself!


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