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EASY Cronuts Recipe

When it comes to fried dough, I’m in line with Stephanie Plum and Lulu for donuts. Then there is the croissant, that flaky bun that beckons me with its buttery goodness. Then I received a pitch about Cronuts–it’s what they call the union of a croissant and donut–sinful, I know!
let's make cronuts
Suddenly, I wanted one. I needed one. Apparently, I am not alone as they are the hottest trend in New York this year. Folks on sleeping on the sidewalk for the fried goodness of a cronut. They are rationed, allegedly the consumer is limited to the number of cronuts they can purchase–the rumor is that ration is just TWO per person.
I read the recipe in the pitch and sent it to Briana, Queen of the Kitchen who said she was going to try making it a little easier.
Mini Frozen Croissants
Filling (optional)
So? Briana headed to Trader Joe’s where she bought these:
Mini-Frozen Croissants.
spray parchment paper with pam
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with Pam.
place croissants on greased parchment paper
Place frozen croissants on the greased parchment paper.
place in a warm oven and let rise
Place in an oven and allow to”proof”–about 10 hours.
double in size
When croissants are double in size, remove from oven and let the fun begin.
cut a hole from the center
Cut cronut holes from the center of each croissant
cronut with hole

Once all the croissants have the holes cut out, put them in line for the fryer!

lined up in the fry line

Fill pot with about 2″ of oil. Heat oil to 350 degrees and then place cronut in oil…

frying a cronut

When side is golden brown, flip the cronut over–about 10-20 seconds per side.

turn the cronut

Remove golden brown cronut to paper towels…

catch bin

Oh, just look at the flaky goodness!

cronuts out of the frying pan

I think the orange zest really makes the color and flavor pop!

Now it’s time to glaze the cronuts!

Briana made Whiskey Ganache (aka Irish Car Bomb Filling)

irish car bomb filling recipe

Then bathed the cronut in the ganache.

dipping in chocolate

Double dunk in the glaze and let them sit.

chcolocate covered cronut

She also made a batch of Bailey’s Irish Cream Icing–or just stick a tub of Betty Crocker icing in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir, then dip the cronuts.

Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting

And bathed a few cronuts in this delicious buttercream.

white frosting on cronut

Maybe you want to get all fancy and add some rainbow jimmies to the cronut.


Now, these are delicious, but you can take this taste to the top by filling the cronut with the Irish Buttercream Icing

filling a cronut

Simply fill a piping bag with the frosting, add a large tip and poke the tip into the cronut, squeeze and repeat. You’ll want to use the smallest piping bag you have to save your hands and wrist.

filled and chocolate covered cronut

Then Briana dipped the filled cronuts into the whiskey ganache.

guinness cronut

There you have it. An easy way to get the hottest commodity in New York without paying an arm and a leg OR sleeping on the sidewalk.

cronuts on table

Sure, you could make the recipe I was sent, but these are easy and require very little effort before you get to bite into the crunch, flakey cronut that is calling your name!

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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