20 Minute Chocolate Crescents (Croissants)

These shortcut chocolate croissants could not be any easier. Filled with rich chocolate, topped with more chocolate, and only 20 minutes from start to finish.

20 Minute Chocolate Croissants from sallysbakingaddiction.com - these could not be any easier!!

Are you ready for the world’s easiest recipe? Wait. Should I even call it a recipe when there are only 3 ingredients? Yup. Three ingredients, twenty minutes, chocolate chocolate chocolate, more chocolate, totally dangerous.

These chocolate croissants are my new favorite way to spend Saturday mornings. After 1 grueling hour of spin class, they’re completely necessary. I work out for chocolate.

I recently got in touch with Safeway for a little collaboration. They asked me to make a couple recipes using some of my favorite products from their grocery aisles. A couple weeks ago, I made these Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers. Which completely blew my mind.

And this week, I used Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls to make today’s treat.

20 Minute Chocolate Croissants - chocolate chips

Chocolate is a croissant’s best friend. Have you ever had a chocolate croissant before? Either homemade, from a bakery, from Paris (let’s go there so we can eat chocolate croissants and pretty little macarons together), made with chocolate pastry, layered with chocolate, whatever. No matter what form, chocolate croissants are mind-blowing.

…I don’t think I have to tell you that twice.

My shortcut version of a chocolate croissant (or should I say chocolate crescent?) couldn’t be any simpler. Sometimes shortcuts in the kitchen are welcomed with open arms, especially when life gets a little hectic. See link to my homemade danish pastry dough below the recipe if you’d like to make the croissants from scratch!

So, there’s just a few quick steps to get down: roll out, fill, roll up, bake. That’s about it. You may use chocolate chips, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or heck – even white chocolate would be incredible. Absolutely trying that this Saturday morning. This time I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and a chopped dark chocolate bar.

Here are the steps. So easy.

20 Minute Chocolate Croissants from sallysbakingaddiction.com - these could not be any easier!!

The melty chocolate made me weak at the knees. Or maybe that was from spin class? I don’t know, my instructor is wildly intense. Top the chocolate filled croissants with more chocolate because (1) it looks pretty and (2) just because.

Oh, and try them warm with a side vanilla ice cream.

Join my chocolate croissant loving world, please. Enjoy!

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20 Minute Chocolate Crescents (Croissants)

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 croissants
  • Category: Pastry
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These shortcut chocolate croissants could not be any easier. Filled with rich chocolate, topped with more chocolate, and only 20 minutes from start to finish.


  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped pure chocolate*
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • optional: 1/4 teaspoon shortening


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Separate crescent roll dough into 8 triangles. Sprinkle about 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips/chunks on top of each triangle as shown above. Use your best judgement – if you think your triangle can hold more, add more. If you think it should hold less, use less chocolate chips. Press chips down lightly to get them to stick. Reserve remaining chocolate chips.
  3. Roll up, starting from wide end and rolling to opposite point. Place onto baking sheet and curve into croissant shape. Brush the croissants lightly with beaten egg – this helps gives them that golden sheen.
  4. Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until deep golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave in 10 second increment, stirring after each increment. Add shortening to thin out if desired. Drizzle over croissants and serve warm. Try adding fresh whipped cream or even salted caramel on top. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for 3 days.


  1. Chocolate: I find that chopped pure chocolate melts much easier in the crescent dough than chocolate chips. I simply use a dark chocolate bar I had lying around. Any pure chocolate will do.
  2. Larger Batch: This recipe may easily be doubled.
  3. Homemade Pastry Dough: You may use the dough recipe from my iced raspberry danish to make croissant pastry if you prefer.
  4. Homemade Chocolate Croissants: Try making homemade chocolate croissants completely from scratch!
  5. Adapted from Pillsbury.

Keywords: easy chocolate croissants, 20 minute chocolate crescents


  1. Crescent rolls can.do.no.wrong! I swear I love them for their extreme versatility. In a post this week too (not even sponsored) I used some Grands biscuits. There’s a time for scratch bread-making and a time for convenience 🙂 These look so tempting and awesome, Sally! Like I want them, now! Pinned of course!

    1. Haha, Averie, I completely agree with the “scratch vs. convenience” deal. I’m with you on sometimes it just needs to be done!

  2. Wow these look easy but delicious! Perfect for when I don’t feel like baking but I want to eat a baked good, you know!?

  3. Hey Sally!
    These look amazing.
    Can you put up a recipe for making these from scratch – I am not sure we get the Pillsbury refrigerated dinner rolls here in India 🙁

  4. These are so cute! They remind me of Spain, where I got some amazing chocolate croissants on a school trip 🙂 Of course, I immediately started thinking of this recipe with butterscotch chips!! Heck, maybe I’d made a whole batch with different fillings…white-chocolate chips, chocolate chips, butterscotch, cherry chips, caramel bits… 😀

  5. Hey Sally! I just came back from Italy and besides eating macarons from Laduree (Did you know that macarons are originally from Italy? I didn’t until I started planning the trip haha), pizza, ravioli and more and more kinds of pasta… I had the pleasure to try a brioche (croissant in italian) filled with Nutella. Yep. Heaven. So if you like Nutella, you need to try them. Seriously, best thing I have ever eaten! haha


    1. I had no idea macarons are originally from Italy! I’ve travelled to Italy twice and remember all the pizza and pasta all too well. I’m definitely trying nutella one time – thanks Marta!

  6. Only 4 ingredients to buttery, chocolatey breakfast perfection? Count me alllll over those! I love the chocolate croissants at starbucks, but I don’t like paying for them..so, these! Pinned!

  7. Wowwwwwwwww. We used to make a version of these on summer holidays in Cornwall when I was a kid! I must say though, almond croissants are fast becoming my new favourite – a sin I know.

  8. It is totally a recipe with just three ingredients! Talent lies in the idea, the ingenuity. That is the case here! How delicious!
    I’m sensing a Sunday morning breakfast here. Gotta have a workout reward lined up!

  9. You’re making me really crave some chocolate right now, which we have none of in the house, all mum’s decision to stay healthy 🙁
    These look super easy and so delicious, they would be SO good with Nutella in the middle. I need to try these asap!

  10. I love easy recipes like this, Sally! And you definitely can’t go wrong with chocolate crescent roll. How easy is that?!

  11. Dangit, Sally. I have a love/hate relationship with crescent rolls. Why must you do this??

    The best best best chocolate croissant I ever had was from Starbucks. It was free. No wayyyy would I pay $100 for another one, but I will sit in there until I have coffee coming out of my ears if it means another “ma’am, would you like to try our chocolate croissant? It’s on the house.” Yes, yes I would. Always yes to chocolate croissants.

    1. A chocolate croissant on the house? Lynn, I am incredibly jealous. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! I have to try making these from scratch one time. Maybe over the holidays. Stay tuned!

  12. My heart skipped a beat when I got the email alert with this recipe. I LOVE chocolate croissants. And 20 minutes?! This is going to be dangerous….

  13. I love using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and refrigerated biscuits in recipes. Your chocolate croissants look like something found in a bakery. I love all the chocolate!

  14. This recipe has been in my arsenal for years but I LOVE your tricks to make them pretty and attractive. One tip, if you as a fellow chocolate lover are interested – I have done this recipe with a dollop of Nutella in the center, sometimes in addition to the chocolate chips. It’s wonderful!
    Keep the fabulous recipes coming – I love to learn each week about what you’re doing in the kitchen!

  15. Ok….I love croissants, but admit I am a newbee as I never had a croissant filled with any of these ingredients. I am used to having them buttered, or say, having a tuna salad croissant. Never anything as wonderfully decadent as this (and the other fillings one writer recommended).

    This is a fantastic, simple idea. Sure, I love scratch baking, but sometimes ya just gotta cut some corners, whether for entertaining, or just indulging yourself!

    1. Cutting corners – I agree on that one. Sometimes shortcuts are a huge help. Don’t get me wrong, nothing compares to homemade pastry but these things are pretty darn good! I love tuna salad on giant croissants. Now you have me wanting a second lunch!

  16. I will never underestimate the power of premade dough! These look amazing. All of that melty chocolate…. yummmmmm!

  17. I make something very similar, but I use puff pastry, cut into small squares, fill w/ Nutella. Fold over and seal, sprinkle w/ slivered almonds. Bake, then dust with powdered sugar. These are wonderful for showers, teas, etc. You can make them very small and bite size if needed, or larger for breakfast. These look awesome too, and even simpler!

  18. Look at all that chocolate! I love using Pillsbury stuff when I need to make something quick. And you’re totally right, chocolate and croissants are perfect together! They should never be apart. 🙂

  19. Anything with chocolate chips is definitely a recipe. 🙂 I love recipes like this with easy shortcuts! I’m pretty sure people’s mouths will be too full and their tastebuds too happy to even think about asking whether or not the croissants are from scratch (plus: ain’t nobody got time for that!)

    1. Hahahahahaha my friend loves the “ain’t nobody got time for that” line. Thanks for making me crack up this morning Mary Frances!

  20. These are the perfect treat after an hour of spin class! A girl has to have some motivation to get up and workout everyday 🙂 Mine at the moment is salted peanut brittle that my little sister makes. Oh. Yum.
    Might have to shake up the routine and try these with some homemade gluten free dough 🙂 Perfect with a mug of coffee for a Sunday brunch treat!

  21. I work out for chocolate… and wine… and cupcakes… and cookies… Definitely not lettuce. LOL

    I definitely would love to make the pastry from scratch but when you just want chocolate in pastry form… Ain’t no one got time to make dough from scratch. I need my fix and I need it NOW lol!

    1. Hahahahahahahaha I don’t work out for lettuce either. Wine is absolutely at the top of my list. And margaritas. In fact, I’m usually thinking about dinner or what I’m having for dessert on my long runs lol. I know you can relate!

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