Pain au Chocolat a.k.a Easy Chocolate Croissants

Well, it’s officially the first day of summer for my boys. You can tell it’s totally throwing me off since this post is really late, ha! I’m super excited to share with you this easy kid-friendly treat. It’s not the healthiest treat ever, but it’s one of my kids’ favorites and I had to pass it along!

So awhile back my husband served a two-year mission for our church in Paris, France. Since we’ve been married we’ve been lucky enough to go there twice. France is so beautiful and the food is outstanding! My favorite treats that I ate daily there were Pain au Chocolat (big croissants filled with chocolate, yum!) and Nutella crepes.
Nutella is a staple that most French people have in their cupboards. In fact, my husband says when he was there on his mission, he and his companion were fed regularly by fellow French church members. One day they showed up for dinner at a Frenchmen’s home and the man pulled bread, peanut butter and Nutella from his cupboard. Just bread, peanut butter and Nutella. Now that’s MY kind of dinner!
Two staples that I always have on hand are Nutella and Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. For a quick treat for me my boys, I like to spread some Nutella in each crescent triangle, roll it up and bake. SO easy and unbelievably tasty! They taste so much like the Pain au Chocolat that we bought when visiting France but take a fraction of the time to make! Flaky, chocolatey goodness that will satisfy your sweet tooth and snack craving!
Pain au Chocolat a.k.a Easy Chocolate Croissants
Quick & easy sweet treat with crescent rolls and Nutella spread
  • 1 container Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (I use reduced-fat)
  • Nutella Hazelnut Spread
  1. Preheat oven to temperature specified on crescent roll container. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Open up crescent rolls and pull apart to make triangles.
  2. Spread about a tablespoon of Nutella down center of each crescent roll and roll up. Place on cookie sheet and bake according to crescent roll package directions.
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    Andi G. says

    These look so good, Jen! I never would have thought of making chocolate croissants this way. Very clever! I have a Nutella recipe coming up this week too. We all have chocolate on the brain I guess :)

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    Jeanine Tribley says

    This recipe looks amaze! Love your Blog – following you now (I am sure I was before?) – anyway keep up the good work – love all the recipes you share and this year I have made a commitment to start cooking more interesting recipes which you have here for sure! Happy Sunday!

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    Christina says

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    Hi! It’s my first visit to your blog and I love how I landed on pain au chocolat! I have a tutorial lined up on this recipe too later on my blog– great minds think alike. This was one of my favorite, favorite (forever favorite) treats while living in Paris! So happy to have found your site!

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    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling says

    Love these, Jen! What is it about crescent rolls that makes everything better? And the same can be said about Nutella….great combo!


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