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Croissants are a bakery delight. Unfortunately, the delicate outside crispness rapidly fades to a soft exterior, so they’re best on the day they’re baked. Sure it’s possible to make croissants from scratch at home, but not everyone wants to tackle what can be a multi-day project. Frozen croissants are the perfect solution since you can bake exactly the number you’ll need, whether it’s one or a dozen.
When buying frozen foods that will be shipped, it’s wise to double-check shipping costs, since fast shipping can be expensive. Here, the best frozen croissants to satisfy your cravings.
Best Overall: Gaston’s Bakery Croissants, Set of 15
Purchased from Sur la Table and shipped directly from the bakery, these are classic croissants that need just a little attention to produce freshly baked treats that rival those from a local bakery. A long, slow thaw and rise on a baking sheet on the kitchen counter give these croissants a head start towards their final form. They need 6-8 hours for that thaw and rise, so you’ll need to plan ahead.
For cooks in a hurry, the rise (after thawing) can be speeded up if the home oven has a proofing setting. After rising, these should be brushed with an egg wash before baking to get the traditional shiny crust, but if eggs are in short supply they can be baked without the wash. This is a box of 15 croissants.
Best Gourmet: Galaxy Desserts Classic Croissants
These are croissants you can brag about, since they’re made by hand by a master pastry chef, then shipped frozen for the perfect treat for holidays, celebrations, or just a decadent treat. These need an overnight rest at room temperature for about 9 hours to thaw and rise before baking. Then, they just need a quick brush with an egg wash before their trip to the oven. This ships as a pack of 15 or 30 croissants, direct from the bakery.
Best for Sandwiches: SeaBear Bake-at-Home Jumbo Croissants
While it might seem just a little odd that a company that sells a lot of seafood products would also sell croissants, it makes sense from a shipping standpoint—both products have to arrive frozen to keep their customers happy. These are extra-large croissants that can be used for sandwiches as well as for breakfast pastries. The company suggests baking only four on a baking sheet to keep them from touching during rising and baking. They need to rise overnight, and will nearly triple in size during that time. This is a box of 18 jumbo croissants divided into three bags for shipping.
Best for Large Gatherings: Sweet Street Preproofed Classic Butter Croissants
When you need croissants in a large quantity, these can fill that need, whether it’s to stock up for weekly use, or whether it’s for a party or event. This is a case of 54 croissants, and they’re pre-proofed so they’ll take a bit more space in the freezer than croissants that haven’t been proofed. While they don’t need to rise, they should be thawed before baking; customers suggest an overnight thaw in the refrigerator for the best results. An added bonus with this large pack is that shipping is included.
Best Almond: Le Marais Bakery Croissants aux Amandes
Sweet, almond-flavored croissants are a perfect breakfast treat, but they can also find a place on the table on a dessert platter. These require a bit more work than standard croissants, but it’s a whole lot easier than making them completely from scratch. These require an overnight rise and two bakes, but the baking can be split into two days if it’s more convenient.
After the first bake, the croissants need to be cooled, cut in half horizontally, dipped into simple syrup (not included), then filled with the included almond filling. More almond filling goes on top of the croissants and sliced almonds (not included with the purchase) are sprinkled on top before the second bake. This is a pack of 10 croissants, along with the required almond filling.
Best for Quick Baking: French Gourmet 100% Butter French Curved Croissants
When you haven’t planned ahead, you can still serve these croissants for breakfast. They’re ideal for unexpected guests and spur-of-the-moment gourmet breakfasts since they don’t need to thaw or rise before baking. Just place these buttery French croissants, frozen, on a baking sheet, brush them with an egg wash, then bake. These can ship in quantities of 15, 30, or 60, so the larger quantities are great for parties, or for families who love croissants for breakfasts and sandwiches on a regular basis.
Best Classic: Angelina Bakery Plain Croissants
These croissants arrive fully frozen and ready to store in the freezer for that moment when a croissant is required. They’re completely foolproof—these are fully baked so there’s no chance they might overproof while thawing and rising. However, they still require thawing for 3-4 hours at room temperature or 6-8 hours in the refrigerator, and they need to be baked for 3-6 minutes to get them crisped up for perfect serving.
Best Savory: Wolferman's Bakery Spinach and Cheese Croissants
Great for lunch, perhaps accompanied by a salad, these could also work as a savory breakfast treat. They don’t need a lot of work and they certainly look impressive, no matter how they’re served. Filled with spinach, cheese, and onion, these are pre-proofed and brushed with egg wash, so they’re just about ready to bake. All they need is 30 minutes to thaw before their trip to the oven.
This is a pack of a dozen filled croissants. Not a fan of spinach? Similar croissants, filled with ham and cheese, are also available.
Best Assortment: Gaston’s Bakery Assorted Mini Croissants
Can’t decide between plain or filled croissants? This assortment has you covered since it includes both plain and chocolate-filled mini croissants, with 15 of each. These require at least 6 hours to rise—or overnight—before baking so they’ll be ready for breakfast or brunch. The small size makes these great as a little snack along with tea or alongside other breakfast items on a buffet.
Best Mini: Galaxy Desserts Mini Croissants
Mini foods are cute, and mini croissants are no exception. These are perfect for the breakfast buffet, or they can be split and filled for appetizers. Like the full-size version of these croissants, they’re made by hand by a pastry chef and shipped frozen for easy storage for later enjoyment. They require a 9-hour thaw and rise before baking and can be egg washed before baking for a shiny finish. Then, 15-20 minutes in the oven, and they’re ready for serving. These come in a pack of 24 or 48.
Best Sweet: Nuchas Argentinian Croissants, 16 Pack
Argentinian croissants look much like the French version, but they’re a little sweeter along with the distinct buttery flavor of a French croissant. These come with a sweet honey syrup that’s lightly brushed onto the croissants after baking, giving them a crisp, sweet finish. Even though they’re a little sweet, they’re still appropriate for savory uses.
While these aren’t quite last-minute croissants, they only need 30-60 minutes to thaw before baking, so there’s no need to plan for them the day before. This includes 16 croissants, packed in two small boxes with eight croissants in each.
For that homemade, bakery-fresh croissant taste without hours and hours of work, we highly recommend Gaston's Bakery Croissants as a safe bet—and for your sweet tooth, Gaston's Bakery Assorted Mini Croissants, which include the chocolate-filled variety. Looking for a savory treat to serve at a fancy brunch or lunch? Go with Wolferman's Bakery Spinach and Cheese Croissants.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
The author of a cookbook about bread baking, Donna Currie has made her fair share of homemade croissants. She says that while they can be worth the effort, buying them is much, much easier. That’s why she personally sampled so many croissants from this list. It’s good to have plenty of alternatives, and it’s even better to have croissants in the freezer for an easy treat any day of the week.