26 Croissant Fillings For The Perfect Pastry

The pastry is one of those delicacies that just seems to work with pretty much anything, savory dishes, and sweet dishes.

If you can imagine it as a combination, it can be certainly be done and there’s no reason not to try it.

26 Croissant Fillings For The Perfect Pastry

So, you end up making it anyway and discovering a whole new world of flavor possibilities, from one moment of curiosity.

That’s pretty much how most recipes have been created, through a wondrous moment of exploration. And nine times out of ten, you end up with something unimaginable! 

To think that’s how chefs and bakers have been coming up with their creations for thousands of years is mind-blowing.

So why not try a few of our combinations out today to see if you’re the next best chef in your city? Croissants are a classic pastry that can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways, there’s a reason the French are so well known for them. 

Sweet Fillings

Almond Paste

Whatever you’re favorite fillings and flavors are, we guarantee they will bake well in a pastry, almond paste is a healthy alternative to other peanut butter-based pastes because it’s got less sugar inside.

And when you’re eating something like a croissant, you want a subtle sweetness that doesn’t overwhelm your scenes to the point where you can’t taste and appreciate the pastry for what it is.

Fun fact – 100’s of years ago, bakers would add this nut paste to salvage pastries that were a day old.

Food was scarce in the past and wasting pastries just wasn’t an option, so what’s the solution? Almond paste! 

Chocolate

A classic will always be a classic, right? Chocolate has been treasured for a very long time and pastries just seem to thrive with the stuff!

It doesn’t matter where you’re from or where you are in the world, chocolate is a universal sweet treat and once you’ve tried it, (like most of us have) there’s no going back.

So, why not try it inside your croissant today for breakfast? You’ve likely tried this combination before regardless of if you’ve been to France or not, however, how long has it been? Refresh your tastebuds!

Nutella

Much like chocolate fillings, Nutella is a super sweet spread that is delightful and always will be inside pastries.

If you want to try this out for yourself from home, simply roll out your pastry dough and spread a thin layer of Nutella on the dough, you don’t want too much of this as it’s so sweet!

Fold over the desired shape you want for the pastry, then bake for roughly 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

When it comes to the time for the pastries to bake, you want them golden brown which you can easily monitor so don’t worry too much about the timing is 100% accurate.

Pumpkin Pie

There is a filling for every time of the year and the best way to enjoy a pumpkin pie filling is through the fall months!

Spice up your Halloween or Thanksgiving breakfast with a spicy and warm pumpkin pie filling for your croissant and pastries.

The spices compliment the savory flavors of pastry and the pureed pumpkin with nutmeg and cinnamon is so sweet to the bone!

Spread the puree across your rolled-out dough and fold the shape into a crescent shape, get it in the oven and watch it for 10 or 15 minutes until it’s a beautiful caramel brown color. 

Pastry Cream

If you’re stumped for pastry fillings, but you just don’t know if you’re feeling something sweet, earthy, savory, salty, nutty, or spicy.

Try something a bit more on the simple side to satisfy your tastebuds without stressing your mind out too much. It’s a pastry filling for goodness sake!

Pastry cream is wonderful in pastries because it gives them just the right amount of filling, without any particular flavors being present.

With this filling, it’s all about the textures you can enjoy! The flakiness of the pastry mixed with the soft cream filling just hits the spot, every time, without fail.

Ice Cream

This may be an unorthodox filling, however, it’s the type of filling that you just won’t understand why it’s good until you’ve tried it!

Simply scoop a ball of your favorite ice-cream flavor whether on top of the croissant, or to the side, and enjoy!

Or alternatively, you could cut open the pastry in half and sandwich a ball of ice cream in between the two halves.

It’s a strange filling, however, resembles an ice cream sandwich of your dreams! Just trust us with this one, it’s underrated and you’ll find out when you try it. Just a quick warning though, it will get messy!

Apples

Treat this combination like an apple pie of sorts if it helps to understand the combination, or when making it! You’ll want to thinly slice your apples and layer them onto the rolled-out dough before making the pastry shape.

Remember to top with cinnamon and nutmeg to add a kick of extra spice to your croissant filling.

Before layering the apples, let the nutmeg and cinnamon sit for roughly half an hour to absorb into the fruit, everything tastes better when it’s had time to marinate!

Peanut Butter Cups

This one may be a possible death trap on a plate as it’s so sweet but heavenly! Peanut butter is sweet and savory and makes for a fantastic croissant filling when it comes down to it.

The saltiness of the peanut butter with the chocolate coating works well with the fluffiness of croissants and you simply must try it for yourself!

Place a spoonful of crushed peanut butter cups onto your dough before baking and you’ve got yourself a candy-infused treat before the hour is up.

Pecan Filling 

Why not go for a classic croissant filling that is popular over the entirety of France anyway, so you may as well indulge in what everyone else is enjoying too!

You’ll need butter, corn syrup, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt to make this filling, oh and of course, pecans!

Spread this delightful mix and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees for the most perfect croissant pastry!

Berries And Cream

There are those fillings out there that just have been complimenting each other since what feels like the dawn of time, and berries and cream are one of them!

Slice your croissant or pastry into two even halves if possible, and spread a delicious helping of cream onto each half, top one of the halves with your chosen berries, the freshest possible, and sandwich them together. You’re good to go.

You’ve got yourself a refreshing croissant filling that people have been enjoying for centuries. 

Peanut Butter And Jelly 

Fancy treating yourself to a luxury peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Well, you can when you use an age-old American filling on a delightful French pastry!

This is where the French and Americans come together to make a twist on a classic breakfast pastry.

Sometimes, a standard peanut butter jelly just doesn’t do the trick, so trying it on a croissant instead, seems like the change that needs to be made when you fancy something different. 

Fruits And Nutella 

Nutella can be a little too sweet sometimes, and so can fruit. But when they’re combined together, they create a refreshing and sugary croissant filling that doesn’t leave you feeling sluggish afterward.

So, slice your croissant pastry in half and fill it to the brim with your favorite fruits, topped with Nutella when you’re done.

Or you can spread the Nutella on beforehand to make it less messy, although, we’re not sure how much that’s going to help the mess to be honest with this filling. 

Sugar And Cinnamon

Sometimes, keeping to the basics is the best way to go with recipes and fillings. Although, this depends on the type of person you are and what your tastebuds like.

Do they like being overwhelmed with flavors? Or do they like simplistic subtleties in pastry palettes. Sugar and cinnamon are a great way to go if you want something sweet inside your croissant without the fuss.

Simply combine pecans, brown sugar, powdered sugar, ground cinnamon, and softened butter into a paste, and spread this onto your croissant. Sliced or whole. 

Brie And Jam

They say cheese and chocolate are the combinations of dreams when it comes to cuisines. It’s unorthodox, but for some reason just works so beautifully in recipes.

What is it about cheese and sweet things that are irresistible to us? We’re not sure but you need to try this combination out for yourself to tell us the answer!

The sweetness of the jam is delightful and the saltiness to the brie pairs well with pastry any day of the week. 

Savory Fillings

Hotdogs 

Now, we know this is s strange filling to suggest. But don’t leave us just yet, when you’re searching for the best fillings for croissants and pastries, you’ve got to get experimental!

Do you think bakers and chefs don’t question their own choices sometimes and then prove themselves wrong in the midst of their kitchens?

Do you think Claude Gelee, who was a French painter ironically, didn’t question every single life decision he’d ever made when he accidentally made a laminated dough when attempting to make a kind of rolled butter cake?

He allegedly created puff pastry in 1645 and this article wouldn’t exist without him! 

Bacon

If there is one thing in this world that just seems to make everything better, it’s bacon.

Add a few strips of streaky bacon into your croissant and find out for yourself because I will not be proven wrong by a landslide! 

Chicken Parmesan 

While chicken parmesan is a delectable dish any served with pretty much anything else, and usually a pasta dish.

There is no particular law as such that is against using it as a croissant filling and by that point alone, gives you a good enough reason to try it!

I don’t know about you, but the more reason someone gives me to not do something, nine times of out ten, I’ll do it out of spite or aesthetics alone.

Bake this one for 20 to 25 minutes and add some marinara sauce, or don’t! 

Eggs

Egg sandwiches are a rather questionable filling in my opinion because I cannot for the life of me stand eggs, but my family, adore them.

So, for the benefit of the doubt, I asked my boyfriend to judge this one and he told me I’m wrong about how good eggs truly are.

I’m not saying he’s right, but if you try this pastry-filling idea, you won’t be disappointed! But for me, say it’s awful so I can prove him wrong, please.

When he tried them in a croissant he said, and I quote, “This is like an egg sandwich at the Ritz.” I’m convinced he only eats eggs to spite me. 

Meatballs

You’ve heard of a meatball sub, right? The sandwich probably was inspired by heart attacks.

Oh, and I mean that in a good way by the way, if you’re gonna be taken out by anything, it should be something with meatballs in.

And this may be the fanciest take on a meatball sub you’ve ever tried.

It’s as simple as it sounds, grab your ground beef meatballs fried until golden brown, because they’re from the gods above, and make your sub with that croissant!

Pepperoni

We all know that pepperoni on pizza is a classic, well have you tried it in your morning croissant? It may sound like something a heathen would do, and it is.

However, I know there are some food enthusiasts out there who have the balls to try something like this and it needs to be done today! Try layering this croissant with mozzarella if you’re gonna go all the way. 

Pesto

Pesto is so easy to make and croissants are so easy to get your hands on from a store or bakery.

So, why not combine them both and make a lunchtime or brunchtime snack to break up your busy day?

All you’ll need is basil, nuts, olive oil, cheese, salt, and pepper to make your own pesto and there you have it!

A pesto-filled croissant for the savory lovers out there. 

Caramelized Onions And Goat Cheese 

They say if you’re going to do something, you may as well do it the French way, right? The French like their onions and don’t even get me started on the popularity surrounding caramelized onions!

Simply sautee them over a pan of medium heat with a small amount of olive oil, and release all the sweetness from the onions!

Season it with a little salt and pepper as usual with anything else in the kitchen, and let them sit until they soften. Then add them to your sliced croissant with some goat cheese, and enjoy!

Feta And Spinach

Another fabulous combination to try out here and this one is certainly a lunchtime-inspired filling! Feta and spinach go so well in salads, so why not in your croissant pastry?

The feta is light and fluffy to touch and spinach is good for you no matter how you serve it, don’t miss out on the chance to try it in a pastry. That’s what pastries are for, no?

Mozzarella And Basil

Now, croissants may be a French delicacy, but why not spice up your palette by trying an Italian-induced croissant stuffed full of mozzarella and fresh basil?

Every great food dish needs another countries cuisine to sit beside it sometimes, and French and Italian food are both up there on the scale of worldwide luxurious dishes. 

Garlic And Cheese

Any excuse to use garlic and cheese in a dish or recipe is good enough for us, so why not try it out in your fresh pastries of the day?

Garlic is never a bad choice to build flavor in your lunchtime or dinnertime meals, so if you’re bored of your usual croissant filling and want something new and flavorsome.

Try garlic and cheese!

Ham And Cheese

Our last pick of the day is the classic of classics, ham, and cheese! It never fails to disappoint, so slap on a slice of each in your croissant and enjoy!

Try baking the croissant for 15 or 20 minutes with each ingredient inside for a warm and fun take on a ham and cheese toasty!

Final Thoughts

We had so much fun writing this article and we hope you had just as much reading it!

There truly is no limit when it comes to croissant fillings and you should be able to try any of these without any judgy looks from any partners… I won’t mention names, but I’m glaring at mine as we speak for his judgy looks.

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do when baking and enjoy your own food! Do you have any personal favorites from this list you’d like to try straight away?

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Do You Cook Croissants In The Oven?

You’ll want to preheat your oven to 180 degrees, 160 degrees fan, or gas mark 4, depending on what type of oven you’re using.

Cut open your croissants, pop some ingredients in for your filling, put them on a baking tray and bake for the desired amount of time depending on if you’re making from scratch or from a bakery.

If you bought them, 3 to 4 minutes. If from scratch, around 20 to 25 minutes approximately. 

How Do You Make A Caramelized Onion Croissant?

You’ll want to sautee those onions well before adding them to your croissant! Make sure to let out all of the sweet and tangy flavors before letting them cool and soften for 30 minutes or so.

Then fill your croissant and bake! Oh! And don’t forget to season the onions.

What Do You Fill Your Croissant With?

Short answer, whatever you’d like! But if you’re looking for guidance, we recommend one of the croissant fillings above to get you inspired and started!

Savory and sweet flavors go fabulously in croissants so go nuts, literally!

26 Croissant Fillings For The Perfect Pastry

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There’s no limit to the number of fillings you can experiment with when it comes to pastry, so we’ve got 26 croissant fillings for the perfect pastry for you today!

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