Enjoy the hybrid of a croissant and muffin in this mouthwatering Nutella Cruffins recipe. Flake pastry layers, swirls of Nutella and a sprinkle of powdered sugar make these cruffins impossible to resist!
Looking for an even easier version of my Nutella Knotts recipe? These cruffins are about to make all of your sweet breakfast pastry dreams come true, and your taste buds dance with joy.
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Nutella Cruffins are flaky, buttery, totally mouthwatering Nutella pastries that look like they came straight from a fancy gourmet bakery. No one will suspect that you made them at home in almost no time at all using store-bought dough.
Why Make These Cruffins
- Made with store-bought puff pastry.
- Baked in a muffin tin.
- Buttery, chocolatey taste.
- They’re ready in just 30 minutes!
Before we get started, let’s address the first question I know some of you will have: Why in the blazes are these things called “cruffins”?
It’s a combination of the words “croissant” and “muffin”. That also happens to be a pretty accurate way of describing today’s Nutella pastry recipe!
You can think of cruffins like miniature croissants. Only instead of layering and folding the pastry into the traditional triangle or crescent shape, you bake them in muffin tins! This takes out a lot of the work associated with making croissants, while delivering the same gorgeous, swoon-worthy results.
Nutella Cruffins Ingredients
Now, let’s talk about what you need to make this chocolatey cruffin recipe.
- 2 Puff pastry dough sheets
- 1/2 cup of Nutella
- 1 tablespoon of salted butter
- 1/2 tablespoon of powdered sugar
Most puff pastry is sold frozen. Make sure to let the pastry thaw before making your cruffins. I put mine on the counter for about 45 minutes which did the trick. You can also plan ahead and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
How to Make Cruffins with Nutella
First thing, get out your 12-cup muffin pan and grease each slot well with non-stick cooking spray. I recommend lining the bottom of each muffin slot with a circle of parchment paper as well. This extra step is the best way to ensure your Nutella Cruffins don’t get stuck to the pan while they’re baking.
Now unroll the thawed puff pastry sheets. Use a rolling pin to gently flatten and roll out the creases in the dough. Spread half of the Nutella over each sheet of pastry and roll them up to form two logs. Slice each log in half, then into thirds. You’ll end up with a total of 12 cruffins.
To bake cruffins, place each one in a slot of your greased muffin pan. Brush the tops with melted butter, bake, and cool.
It’s that easy!
See the complete list of ingredients and instructions in the printable recipe below.
How long to bake cruffins
Cruffins bake quickly, even when filled with Nutella. You’ll know the cruffins are ready when the tops and edges are golden brown and flaky. In my oven, that takes about 18-20 minutes.
When the cruffins done baking, I like to pop them out of the pan right away so they don’t wind up sticking. From here, it takes all of my willpower to give them a few minutes to cool down. That combination of buttery pastry and velvety smooth Nutella looks and smells so good that I want to sneak a taste right away!
The only problem is that these are HOT straight from the oven. If you’ve ever bitten into piping hot chocolate before, you know that patience is a virtue — and a necessity if you don’t want to burn your tongue!
Give these cruffins a solid five to ten minutes to cool after baking. Once they’re cool to the touch, you can dust a bit of powdered sugar on top for that picture perfect finishing touch or even sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on them if you’d like.
Like most pastries, cruffins are best enjoyed the same day they are made. In the event you don’t manage to eat them all at once, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They stay good for about three days.
I do recommend warming your leftover cruffins before eating them for best flavor! A few seconds in the microwave helps soften the Nutella giving the pastries that “fresh baked” touch.
Wondering if you can freeze cruffins? I haven’t tried it. But if you do, I’d love for you to report back to me with the results!
Best Nutella Recipes
I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy I was born after the invention of Nutella! From a simple slice of toast to an elegant cheesecake, Nutella is one of those ingredients that tastes phenomenal on just about everything.
This 2-Ingredient Nutella Cinnamon Roll recipe is another “semi homemade” breakfast recipe you’ll love! It’s just like these cruffins only made with cinnamon rolls instead of puff pastry. Chocolate and cinnamon are an underrated pairing, begging to be enjoyed with a fresh, bold cup of coffee.
Love fruit with your Nutella? These Strawberry Nutella Crepes are a delightful treat have layers of fresh berries and a sweet coating of powdered sugar. This Banana Nutella Stuffed French Toast is another decadent fruit filled breakfast that is sweet enough to double as dessert!
Recipes with Puff Pastry
There are hundreds of ways to turn a box of puff pastry into an extraordinary culinary creation. It’s my secret behind so many of my favorite pastry recipes, like these 3-Ingredient Puff Pastry Cinnamon Swirls.
Looking for a savory way to use that box of pastry dough? Try my recipe for Cheesy Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls. They’re easy to make and perfect for all kinds of parties and get-togethers.
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Meet your new favorite Nutella pastry! Nutella Cruffins taste and look incredible for a decadent breakfast, dessert or anytime you need a sweet treat to brighten your day!
- 2 Puff Pastry Sheets 1 package
- 1 tbsp Butter melted (salted works best here) (14 g)
- ⅓ cup Nutella 98.6 g
- ½ tbsp Powdered Sugar for dusting (3.91 g)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (or 204 degrees C).
- Grease a muffin tin with some baking spray. **For an added layer of protection, you can place a small circle of parchment paper at the bottom of each muffin slot.
- You’re going to want to start with thawed puff pastry. You can leave the puff pastry out on the counter to thaw for 45 minutes.
- Unfold the sheets of puff pastry and using a rolling pin, gently roll out the dough so the fold marks are removed. **You do not need to roll the dough out much thinner than it already is.
- Spoon half of the Nutella on 1 sheet of puff pastry. Using an off-set spatula (you can use a butter knife if you don’t have an off-set spatula) spread out the Nutella so it is evenly distributed. Follow this step for the next sheet of puff pastry.
- Roll the dough up to create a log shape. Cut the dough in half and then cut each half into 3rds. You’ll be making 12 cruffins.
- Place the rolled-up puff pastry in each muffin slot.
- Brush the tops with some melted butter.
- Bake at 400 degrees F or 204 degrees C) for 20 minutes. The cruffins will be golden brown and flakey.
- To prevent sticking, remove the cruffns from the muffin pan as soon as they come out of the oven. Place them on a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
- Dust the tops of the cruffins with a small amount of powdered sugar and enjoy.