Make Your Own Croissants

Try these buttery bite-sized treats at your next get-together. They're full of flavor but have just 59 calories per croissant.

I’m always looking for something to liven up brunch menus. Try these buttery bite-sized treats at your next get-together.

Nutrition Facts

An average size plain croissant has 310 calories with more than 50% coming from fat. Pile in sugary and high-calorie fillings and it will quickly sabotage your breakfast or brunch. Smart downsizing is the way to have the best of both worlds.

The Method

Puff pastry dough may seem intimidating but it couldn’t be easier to use. Start with a good quality brand (we like Dufour). Roll it out, slice into skinny triangles, add fillings, roll and bake.

The Fillings

The measurements of fillings are minimal – which is nice because the calories stay that way too. Use thinly sliced pieces of fruit and ¼ teaspoon of wet ingredients like jam or honey. For hard ingredients like chocolate or cheese use a 1/8-ounce piece for each croissant.

Flavor-Packed Ideas
Choose any combination of flavors. Here are a few suggestions:

•    Apricot jam, fresh strawberries and sliced almonds (recipe below)

•    Dark chocolate-almond candy bar
•    Pear and honey
•    Dijon mustard, ham & Swiss cheese
•    Fig spread and Manchego cheese
•     Lemon curd and chopped pistachios
•    White chocolate and orange zest
Strawberry-Apricot Mini Croissants

Makes 32 pieces
All-purpose flour for dusting
1 sheet puff pastry (14-ounces)
8 teaspoons apricot jam
8 large strawberries, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 egg, beaten
Sparkling sugar (optional)
Equipment: pizza cutter, rolling pin, baking sheet, parchment paper

Preheat oven to 400-degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place puff pastry on a floured board and cut in half. Roll out the half sheet into a rectangle that is approximately 15 x 9 inches. Using a pizza cutter, divide that piece in half lengthwise. Then, working from left to right, cut diagonal lines up and down to slice the dough into 4 triangles. Slice each triangle in half, leaving you with 8 pieces of dough. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough to finally end up with 32 pieces.

To assemble croissants, fill each piece of dough. Place apricot jam on the wider end of the triangle, top with a strawberry slice and 2 pieces of sliced almond. Gently roll up the dough towards the tip of the triangle and transfer to the baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sparkling sugar, if using. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until puffed and golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Info Per Piece
Calories: 59
Total Fat: 4 grams
Saturated Fat:  3 grams
Total Carbohydrate:  5 grams
Sugars: 1 gram
Protein:  1 gram
Sodium: 43 milligrams
Cholesterol:  11 milligrams
Fiber:  0 gram

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

Keep Reading

Next Up

Keyboard Waffle Iron Makes Breakfast for Every Type

Why did nobody come up with this idea before: a waffle iron that makes waffles in the shape of a keyboard? Well, no matter. Now, thankfully, someone has.

One Recipe, Two Meals: Cheesy Breakfast Sandwich Edition (for You and for the Kids)

You know how they say that breakfast is the most-important meal of the day? Well, it most certainly is if you're eating this beautiful madness.

Breakfast in a Hurry: Easy Recipes for Quick-Fix Morning Meals

Check out a few of Food Network's favorite simple-to-make recipes for no-fuss morning meal ideas that the whole family will enjoy and must-see tips.

Breakfast, the Meal of Champions? Worst Cooks in America Preview

Get a preview of Sunday's upcoming episode of Worst Cooks in America, which finds the recruits facing a breakfast challenge that has them over their heads.

Make Your Own Babaganoush

In the Middle East it’s traditional to find babaganoush with appetizers like hummus, tahini, pita bread and olives. Here's how to make your own.

Make Your Own Biscuits

Don't fill up on bread at Thanksgiving, but don't skip the bread basket all together. Keep the calories in check with these 60 calorie homemade biscuits.

Make Your Own Salsa

Believe it or not, salsa has topped ketchup as America's most popular condiment, according to some sales reports. Salsa can be more than just tomatoes and onions, though. Pass up the jarred stuff and make fresh mixes at home.

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.

Amazon Echo

Just say "Alexa, enable Food Network skill" to get started.