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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.
Here, the best frozen croissants.
Best Overall: Gaston’s Bakery Croissants, Set of 15
Good for entertaining
Extra steps for preparation
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.
Quantity: 15 | Proof Required: Yes | Egg Wash Required: Yes
Best Gourmet: Galaxy Desserts Classic Croissants
Made by French Master Baker
Extra steps to prepare
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.
Quantity: 15 or 30 | Proof Required: Yes | Egg Wash Required: Yes
Best for Sandwiches: SeaBear Bake-at-Home Jumbo Croissants
Classical French preparation
Excellent flavor and texture
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.
Quantity: 18 | Proof Required: Yes | Egg Wash Required: Yes
“Thoughtful choice of sandwich fixings can elevate a frozen croissant to new heights. My current favorite is fried egg with spicy bacon jam, pepper jelly, and melted cheddar. The sticky, savory jam plays nicely with the sweet spice of the jelly and the mellow egg.” — Jenni Field, Pastry Chef and Founder of Pastry Chef Online
Best for Large Gatherings: Vie de France 5-Inch Curved Butter Croissant
No control over final product
When planning for large parties, it’s best to simplify as many components as you can. Vie de France’s 48-pack, 3-ounce butter croissants are pre-baked and just need a short thaw before serving. They make great building blocks for toasty croissant sandwiches with their 5-inch diameter and work well as an absorbent base for moist bread pudding.
Vie de France has been producing traditional French bread since 1971. Master French bakers developed the dough recipe, the optimal flour was chosen, and bricks were imported from France to construct traditional brick baking ovens. All of that preparation goes in to deliver a product that can be thawed and warmed in the oven for three to four minutes, and then immediately served to a hungry swarm of guests—no proofing, no fuss.
Quantity: 48 | Proof Required: No | Egg Wash Required: No
Best Almond: Le Marais Bakery Croissants aux Amandes
Difficult to prepare
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.
Quantity: 10 | Proof Required: Yes | Egg Wash Required: Yes
Best for Quick Baking: French Gourmet 100% Butter French Curved Croissants
No control over final product
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.
Quantity: 15, 30, or 60 | Proof Required: No | Egg Wash Required: Yes
Best Classic: Angelina Bakery Plain Croissants
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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 three to four hours at room temperature or six to eight hours in the refrigerator, and they need to be baked for three to six minutes to get them crisped up for perfect serving.
Quantity: 12 | Proof Required: No | Egg Wash Required: No
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.
Quantity: 12 | Proof Required: No | Egg Wash Required: Yes
“If storing for longer than three months, make sure they are wrapped tightly in aluminum foil and an airtight plastic bag. They are best defrosted, unwrapped at room temperature for about 30 minutes, but you can wrap them in a paper towel and heat for 15 seconds increments at 50 percent power in the microwave.” — Jessica Formicola, Recipe Developer and Owner of Savory Experiments
Best Assortment: Gaston’s Bakery Assorted Mini Croissants
Good for entertaining
Extra steps to prepare
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 six 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.
Quantity: 30 | Proof Required: Yes | Egg Wash Required: No
“If you have leftover croissants, they work wonders as a bread replacement in a classic bread pudding,” says Devan Cameron, chef and owner of Braised & Deglazed. “Simply cut the croissants into large pieces, toast in the oven until dried slightly, and use in your favorite bread pudding recipe.”
Best Mini: Galaxy Desserts Mini Croissants
Good for entertaining
Made by French master baker
Extra steps to prepare
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 nine-hour thaw and rise before baking and can be egg washed before baking for a shiny finish. Then, 15 to 20 minutes in the oven, and they’re ready for serving. These come in a pack of 24 or 48.
Quantity: 24 or 48 | Proof Required: Yes | Egg Wash Required: Yes
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 to 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.
Quantity: 16 | Proof Required: No | Egg Wash Required: No
For that homemade, bakery-fresh croissant taste without hours and hours of work, we highly recommend Gaston's Bakery Croissants (view at Sur La Table) as a safe bet—and for your sweet tooth, Gaston's Bakery Assorted Mini Croissants (view at Sur La Table), 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 (view at Wolferman's).
What to Look for in Frozen Croissants
This is a subjective consideration depending on your purposes. If you are looking for something to keep on hand for unexpected guests, look for a product that comes in the 10 to 15 range. If you know you are entertaining, choose a product that comes in larger quantities or even something in a smaller, bite-size form.
Ease of Preparation
Ask yourself if it is important to have a product that is already baked and just requires thawing and heating or if you are willing to thaw, proof, egg wash, bake, and possibly add toppings. Basically, how much work you are willing to do dictates the type of product you choose.
Fresh croissants are made from a dough layered with butter that's rolled and folded repeatedly. This process is called laminating. When purchasing your products, look through the list of ingredients to see if butter is named. Croissants are made flaky and tasty by virtue of the use of butter. If you want frozen croissants to deliver that same decadent flavor, opt for quality ingredients.
How do you reheat frozen croissants?
If you order frozen croissants, check the instructions on the package or included in the shipment. Some frozen croissants are dough and need proofing as well as egg wash before going to the oven. If you order croissants that are already baked, they only need to be heated. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, place them on a prepared sheet pan, and heat for about 15 minutes. Again, check the baking/reheating instructions sent with the package for best results.
Can fresh croissants be frozen?
In short, yes. Follow the below steps:
- Be sure croissants are completely cooled, and wrap each one in food film.
- Put them in an airtight, freezer bag. This affords double protection against drying out or freezer burn.
- Be sure to label the bag with the date. Frozen croissants are generally good for about a month in the freezer.
How long do frozen croissants last?
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.
This roundup was updated by Carrie Honaker, a food writer who loves to make fresh croissants, but appreciates frozen ones for their ability to ease the preparation burden when time is short. She discovered the Vie de France butter croissants when developing a recipe for maple walnut bread pudding in her restaurant. This is a favorite dish at all family gatherings, and she credits the rich buttery flavor to the classically laminated dough. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Bon Appetit, Allrecipes, and Wine Enthusiast.