For an easy treat that cooks up in minutes, croissant waffles can’t be beat. This two-ingredient indulgence takes croissants and crisps them up in a heated waffle iron until golden brown. While you end up with a pastry that resembles a normal waffle, it’s more buttery and flaky than the breakfast classic. Even better, this snack (also called a “croffle”) cooks in under five minutes and is so easy to flavor with any topping. Here’s why croffles are the best treat to prepare on a whim and five toppings ideas that make them sweet or savory to your liking!
What are croffles?
Croffles are simply raw or cooked croissants that are heated in a waffle iron until the surface is brown and crunchy. Afterwards, they’re topped with sweet ingredients like maple syrup, fruit or chocolate sauce or paired with savory options like meat and cheese.
Why croffles are popular
While pastry chef Louise Lennox is credited with inventing croffles in 2017, they remain popular, especially on social media, for good reason. Combining the flavors and textures of croissants and waffles allows pastry lovers to enjoy these two treats in one. Also, mix-and-matching the toppings makes this treat more fun to whip up. “You’ve already got this buttery pastry, and [pressing] it makes it super crisp,” Lennox says. “Then you stuff it with some gorgeous flavors like avocado and sun-blushed tomatoes … It gives a croissant a whole new lease of life.”
What type of croissants to use
When it comes to making croffles, you have options on what croissants to use — uncooked versus already baked — and which you choose will affect your results. Uncooked croissants (which need to be thawed if frozen) produce butterier and slightly fluffier croffles since you’re cooking the dough fresh. However, croffles made with already-baked croissants get more of a crispy, golden brown exterior and need a shorter cook time. Even better? This is a perfect way to use up stale croissants!
How to make croissant waffles
- 1 to 4 croissants (uncooked or baked)
- Cooking spray or melted butter (to grease waffle iron)
- Total time: 5 mins
- Yield: 1 to 4 servings
- Preheat waffle iron to medium-high according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Once hot, generously grease machine with cooking spray or butter. Line amount of croissants that can comfortably fit into waffle iron across grates. Close iron and gently press down so croissants spread. Cook until golden brown and crispy. Baked croissants usually take 2 to 3 minutes, while raw ones need around 4 to 5 minutes.
- Once golden, carefully remove croissant waffles from waffle iron and cool slightly. Repeat process with remaining croissants (if needed) and serve croffles warm.
Note: If you’d prefer making this recipe with raw croissants but can’t find them in your store’s freezer aisle, use refrigerated crescent dough and roll into individual croissants before cooking.
5 ways to flavor up croissant waffles
Plain croffles are the perfect blank canvas to satisfy your sweet or savory cravings. Use these five flavor ideas as inspiration for your own batch of croissant waffles!
1. Banana Nut Butter Croffles
Spread the warm croffles with your favorite nut butter and top with sliced bananas.
2. Ham and Cheese Croffles
Pile on slices of ham and grated cheese like cheddar or Parmesan for a smoky and salty flavor.
3. Berry Bliss Croffles
Drizzle the croissant waffles with fresh berries or berry compote and add a generous dollop of whipped cream on top.
4. Creamy Herb Croffles
While the waffles are still hot, smear each one with herb cream cheese so it melts into a creamy topping.
5. S’mores Croffles
For croffles with the flavor of campfire s’mores, top them with warm chocolate sauce, toasted (jumbo or mini) marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs.
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