This Homemade Nutella Croissants Recipe is just what you would taste at a French Bakery in the heart of Paris. Layers of flaky buttery croissant dough filled with your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread.
If you love plain croissants or almond croissants, be sure to check out my other croissant recipe.
This recipe was originally posted February 19, 2018, we’ve tweaked it a bit since then. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.
Homemade Nutella Croissants Recipe
Making homemade Nutella croissants is not difficult; you don’t need any expensive ingredients or equipment. All you need is time and technique. They do take quite some time and patience, but the end result is so worth it! You just can’t compare homemade croissants to store bought ones. Follow these step-by-step photo instructions and you will master the art of croissant making!
Tip: If this recipe makes too large a portion for your needs, follow the tips at the bottom of the printable recipe for storing the dough in the freezer for future use.
Ingredients for homemade Nutella Croissants
- egg (for egg wash)
How to make a Homemade Nutella Croissant
- Using your stand mixer, follow the instructions in the printable recipe for preparing the homemade Nutella croissants dough.
- A stand mixer makes this process much easier to manage and helps you to save some time in a somewhat lengthy pastry making process.
- While your dough is being prepared, you can work the butter between parchment paper to make the folding process that is next easier to manage. I share tips on creating a template to make the process easy below. I find that using a rolling pin for this step is super helpful.
- Allow your dough to rise, and proof as directed. You will roll this dough out and measure to create precise dough measurements.
- As directed, you will deflate the dough after it rises. Next, comes a lengthy process of folding and refolding to create those light buttery flaky layers expected.
- Roll it out to 30 x 12 again then fold it into thirds. If the butter begins to melt, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. The size of the dough should be 12 x 8 inches before wrapping it in plastic wrap.
- After chilling the dough, you will follow the step by step process below to cut into triangles using a pastry wheel for rolling.
After your homemade Nutella croissants are rolled, you will allow them to rise again before baking to a beautiful golden brown.
More Nutella Recipes
While this homemade Nutella croissants recipe is one of my favorites, I also have tons of other great recipes featuring this famous hazelnut spread. Check them out for delightful breakfast, pastry, and dessert treats for your family!
- Nutella Wonton Wrapper Dessert
- Nutella Brioche Recipe
- Homemade Baklava Recipe with Nutella
- Nutella Fudge Cake Recipe
Extra: For another amazing croissant, check out our Almond Croissants Recipe!
Homemade Nutella Croissants Recipe
- In a bowl or medium measuring cup, combine the water and yeast. Let it sit in a warm place for 10-15 minutes or until the yeast dissolves.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Then pour in the warm yeast water.
- Using the hook attachment, mix the dough on medium speed until it begins to take shape. Toss in 1/2 cup of softened butter and continue mixing on medium high speed until the dough is smooth and well rounded.
- Transfer the dough into a bowl greased with oil. Lightly grease the dough with oil as well. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for 2 hours or until it triples in size.
- Meanwhile prepare the butter slab. Start by cutting out 2 large sheets of parchment paper. Trace an 8x12 inch rectangle on each sheet. Place 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) sliced butter in the middle of one sheet. Have the traced side down (you don't want to get any pencil marks on the butter).
- Place the second sheet on top (traced side up). Using a rolling pin, roll out the butter to the edges of the traced rectangle. Then place on a flat surface in the refrigerator.
- Once the dough is done rising, deflate it onto a floured surface and roll it out to a 28x14 inch rectangle. Fold over 2/3 of the left corner then bring in the right corner so it covers the other edge but doesn't quite reach the other side.
- Starting from the shorter edge fold the dough into thirds. At this point the dimensions of the folded dough should be about 6 x 12 inches. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-8 hours (or overnight).
- Gently deflate the dough onto a floured surface and roll it out to a 25 x 9 inch rectangle. Place the chilled butter slab on the right half of the dough leaving at least 1 inch margin around the edges.
- Fold over the left (unbuttered) half and roll the dough out to a 30x12 inch rectangle. It helps to spread the butter by pressing down with the rolling pin along with rolling it out.
- Fold over 2/3 of the left corner then bring in the right corner so both edges touch.
- Roll the dough out to a 30x12 inch rectangle. Fold it in half like a book. Once its folded in half the dimensions should be 15 x 12 inches. Roll it out to 30 x 12 again.
- Then fold it into thirds. If the butter begins to melt, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. The size of the dough should be 12 x 8 inches before wrapping it in plastic wrap.
- Cut the chilled dough in half. Rewrap 1 halve and place it back in the refrigerator for later use. Roll the unwrapped dough into a 30x10 inch rectangle and cut out 9 triangles. Each triangle should be about 5 inches at the wide end, and about 1 inch at the narrow end.
- I like to make small slit in the middle of the wider ends so the croissant folds nicer, but thats totally optional. Fill the wider end of the triangles with 1 heaping tablespoon of the nutella. Then roll the triangles toward the narrow end as you slightly pull the pointed end away. Pinch the ends of each croissant to keep the nutella from oozing out.
- Place the croissants onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let them rise in room temperature for 1-2 hours or until they double in size. Do not put them in a warm place to speed up the rising process. You don't want the butter to melt. Meanwhile, remove the second half of the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out to a 30x10 inch rectangle and repeat steps 14-16.
- Brush each croissant with egg wash and bake at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Baking time may vary depending on your oven. Once the croissants are cooled, drizzle extra nutella over them.