Ditch the bakery line and whip up a flaky, buttery strawberry croissant at home! My recipe uses store-bought puff pastry (because shortcuts are our friends!), a dreamy homemade custard, and juicy fresh strawberries. It’s easier than you think, and the results are SO much tastier. Prepare to impress your brunch guests (or devour them all yourself, I won’t tell).

The croissants cost approximately $11.64 to make. The recipe makes six servings, and each serving costs around $1.94. 

A close up of Strawberry Croissant on a platter.

This recipe is for you if this is your first time making croissants. Even a novice can successfully make this puff pastry croissant recipe by following my step-by-step directions. 

Forget drooling over bakery windows – bake your own showstoppers with these heavenly strawberry croissants! They’ll have your guests begging for seconds (and the recipe!).

What You’ll Love About Strawberry Croissants

  • Easy To Follow Recipe: My recipe is written with step-by-step directions, pictures, and helpful tips to help you successfully make croissants. 
  • Time-Saving Hack: Using puff pastry sheets instead of making homemade pastry dough, you can quickly and easily make this stuffed croissant recipe. 
  • Budget-Friendly: As an added bonus, you can save some serious money and make croissants instead of buying them from a bakery.
A Strawberry Cream Croissant cut in half so you can se the creamy interior.

Strawberry Croissant Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $1.94

Recipe Cost: $11.64

  • 2 cups milk – $0.62
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar – $0.12
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch – $0.09
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour – $0.06
  • ½ teaspoon table salt – $0.01
  • 5 large egg yolks – $1.05
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter – $0.63
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste – $0.60
  • 1 sheet puff pastry – $3.50
  • 1 large egg – $0.43
  • 1 teaspoon water – $0.00
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries – $4.50
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar – $0.03

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in February 2024.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How To Make Strawberry Croissant

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

Make the Vanilla Custard:

  1. First, pour the milk into a saucepan and cook over medium heat until scalded. 
  2. Then, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in the egg yolks and whisk until combined. 
  3. Slowly stream the warmed milk into the egg yolk mixture.
  4. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking for two minutes. 
  5. After the mixture thickens, remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla bean. 
  6. Pour the custard into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap to chill in the fridge for at least two hours after cooling it for thirty minutes. 

A picture collage showing how to make vanilla custard.

Make the Puff Pastry Croissants:

  1. Whisk together egg and water for the egg wash. 
  2. Unwrap the puff pastry sheet and flatten it out with a rolling pin. 
  3. Cut the pastry into six squares and fold each half into a triangle. 
  4. Place each triangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet and gently press down on each one before brushing them with the egg wash. 

A picture collage showing how to make croissant from puff pastry.

Assemble The Strawberry Croissant:

  1. Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes in a 400 degrees F oven, or until golden brown, and then let them cool for fifteen minutes. 
  2. Slice each croissant in half from the open edge, and using a piping bag, pipe the custard into the center of each croissant.
  3. Place sliced strawberries on top of the custard. 
  4. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. 

A picture collage showing how to make strawberry croissant.

Strawberry Cream Croissants Recipe Variations

  • Salted butter – You can use unsalted butter. Just add slightly under ⅛ teaspoon of salt to the custard. 
  • Vanilla bean paste – You can use vanilla extract instead of paste. 
  • Strawberries – Instead of strawberry slices serve other fresh berries or fruits, such as sliced mango, passion fruit, blueberries, and banana slices.

Storage Tips

SERVE: Serve as a dessert or for breakfast and brunch.

STORE: Croissants may be stored in an airtight container or baggie in the fridge for up to 3 days.

FREEZE: This recipe doesn’t freeze well at all. The croissants are too delicate to freeze and the vanilla custard will operate once defrosted.

Strawberry Croissant Recipe FAQs

What do you fill croissants with?

With this recipe, you will make a creamy vanilla custard filling for piping into the croissants. You will then top the buttery croissants with strawberry slices.

How many calories in a strawberry croissant?

One strawberry croissant has 464 calories. Scroll for the full nutrition information at the bottom of the recipe card.

Is a croissant a dessert?

A croissant can be served in various ways. It can be a delicious breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a dessert.

An overhead of 4 Strawberry Croissants on a marble platter.

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Strawberry Croissant

Recipe Cost $ $11.64
Serving Cost $ $1.94
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
6 people
Use this recipe to make bakery-style strawberry croissants without going to the bakery. My recipe hack makes it super easy to get flaky croissants filled with creamy goodness every time.

Equipment

  • baking sheet
  • mixing spoon
  • liquid measuring cup
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • whisk
  • Medium-sized Saucepan
  • mixing bowl

Ingredients
 
 

CUSTARD:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

CROISSANTS:

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries sliced

FOR SERVING:

  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

Instructions

MAKE CUSTARD:

  • Pour the milk into a medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat, until scalded.
  • While the milk is warming, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in the egg yolks and whisk until combined. The mixture will be very clumpy and stiff.
  • Once the milk has warmed, slowly stream it into the egg yolk mixture while whisking vigorously.
  • Once almost all the milk has been added, pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk constantly for about 2 minutes.
  • Once the mixture thickens, remove from the heat while continuing to whisk.
  • Add in the butter and vanilla bean and whisk until incorporated.
  • Transfer the custard into a bowl, then cover it with plastic wrap, making sure the wrap lies directly on top of the custard.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes, then chill for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

PREP OVEN AND BAKING SHEET:

  • Move the oven rack to the center position.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.

MAKE CROISSANTS:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together egg and water.
  • Unwrap the puff pastry sheet and gently roll a rolling pin over top to flatten out.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut into 6 even squares.
  • Fold each half into a triangle and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Gently press down on each triangle, then brush with egg wash.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Once baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes.

ASSEMBLE:

  • Slice each croissant in half from the open edge.
  • Spoon the custard into a piping bag.
  • Cut the tip and pipe the custard into the center of each croissant.
  • Place sliced strawberries on top of the custard.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Notes

  • It’s essential to ensure the plastic wrap touches the top of the custard while it sets and cools because this will prevent a film from forming on top.
  • The bake time will depend on your oven. I was able to bake them for 15 minutes. Bake until the croissants are golden and puffed up.

Nutrition

Serving: 1croissant | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 516IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2mg

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