Easiest (melt-in-your-mouth) Chocolate Croissants – Ever!

melt-in-your-mouth pain au chocolat and cafe

My house smells like a Boulangerie (French bakery) this morning.

I just baked some fresh pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) and ~ I don’t mean to brag ~ but this was quite possibly the flakiest, tastiest, butteriest, chocolatiest pain au chocolat I’ve ever had ~ outside of France.

Easy chocolate croissants? You might ask. Yes! And I’m making this my “French Find” for the week!

I really can’t take all the credit for this amazing treat. If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joes in your neighborhood and you enjoy chocolate croissants, then take a trip to their freezer section and look for their private label “4 Chocolate Croissants”.

Trader Joes Chocolate Croissants
 
These are not something you can just take out of the freezer and bake immediately, you actually need to let them sit out for about 9 hours and let them defrost and rise.  So if you would like to enjoy them for breakfast, simply take them out the night before, place them on a buttered baking sheet and let them rise overnight. You will be amazed at how much larger they become.
 
9:00 PM
 

frozen, ready to rise croissants

6:00 AM

By the next morning the croissants have tripled in size!

after 9 hours

For added color and taste, whisk up an egg and lightly brush onto the uncooked croissants with a pastry brush…

brushed with egg

Pop ’em in the oven (pre-heated to 350F) and bake for 20 minutes…
 

fresh out of the oven

Cool and enjoy…

for best results - cool on rack

Oh, and these are a great way to impress your overnight house guests – they will be amazed at your “cooking” abilities!

Bon Appétit!

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