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Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants
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The air fryer offers a quick and efficient way to achieve perfectly golden, crispy croissants with a sumptuously melted chocolate center. Whether you’re looking for a decadent breakfast option, a sweet snack to accompany your afternoon coffee, or an easy dessert to impress your guests, these air fryer chocolate croissants are your go-to solution.


Join me as we step into the world of hassle-free, scrumptious baking. Let’s prepare to fill our kitchens with the irresistible buttery pastry and melting chocolate aroma!

Pain Au Chocolat are amazing in the air fryer; they are so good! If you love Trader Joe’s Croissants or Air Fryer Pepperidge Farm Croissants, you will love this sweet treat, and it all starts with a can of crescent rolls. 

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

Why You Will Love This Recipe!

Homemade chocolate croissants, especially when made with the convenience of an air fryer, offer a host of delightful reasons to fall in love with them. Here’s why they are bound to become a cherished treat in your recipe collection:

  • Exceptional Freshness and Flavor!
  • Perfect Texture!
  • Customizable Chocolate Choices!
  • Satisfaction of Homemade Baking!
  • Control Over Ingredients!
  • Perfect for Any Occasion!
  • Cost-Effective Indulgence!
  • Fun to Make with Family or Friends!
  • Convenience and Speed with an Air Fryer!
  • Impressive Culinary Feat!

Homemade chocolate croissants are not just delicious; they’re a journey into the world of gourmet baking right from your kitchen, offering freshness, customization, and the pure joy of baking.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants With Crescent Rolls

Embark on a delightful culinary journey with the simple yet luxurious treat of Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants.

This French Pastry recipe combines the airy, buttery layers of traditional croissants with the decadent allure of melted chocolate; all brought together in the convenience of your air fryer. Here are the key ingredients you’ll need to create this heavenly pastry:

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

​Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.​

  • Crescent Dough: The foundation of your treat, the crescent dough can be homemade or store-bought. It should be light and airy to achieve those classic, flaky layers.
  • Chocolate Bars or Chips: Choose high-quality chocolate for a rich and indulgent filling. Depending on your preference, you can opt for dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Egg (for egg wash): Beaten egg brushed over the croissants before baking gives them a beautiful golden sheen and helps to achieve a crispy crust.
  • Powdered Sugar (optional): A light dusting of powdered sugar before serving adds a touch of elegance and a mild, sweet finish.
  • Butter (if using homemade dough): Butter is essential for making croissant dough. It adds richness and creates the tender, flaky layers that make croissants famous.

Each ingredient is crucial to the magical experience of biting into a warm, chocolate-filled croissant straight from your air fryer. Let’s gather these ingredients and start our baking adventure!

How to Make Easy Chocolate Croissants In Air Fryer

Making chocolate croissants in an air fryer is surprisingly simple and fast. Here’s a straightforward recipe to help you create this delicious treat quickly. This method is perfect for a quick breakfast, a delightful snack, or a sweet addition to your brunch table.

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

Preparation: Start by laying out your croissant dough on a clean surface. Unroll and separate the triangles if you’re using a pre-rolled dough. Roll it out and cut it into triangles if it’s homemade dough. Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees F (160°C). This temperature allows the croissants to cook thoroughly without burning.

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

Add Chocolate: Place a small amount of chocolate at the broader end of each dough triangle. Depending on your preference, you can use a few chocolate chips or a small piece of a chocolate bar.

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

Roll the Croissants: Carefully roll the dough from the chocolate-loaded wider end towards the pointed end. Roll it tightly enough to keep the chocolate enclosed but not so tight that the dough tears.

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

Egg Wash (Optional): Beat an egg in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top of each croissant with the egg wash. This step gives the rolled croissant a golden, shiny finish.

Air Fry: Spray the bake with nonstick cooking spray or line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Place the unbaked croissants in the basket, leaving space between each for air circulation. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to cook them in batches. Set cook time for 8-10 minutes or until the croissants are puffed up and golden brown. Keep an eye on them, as air fryer temperatures can vary.

Serving: Once done, let the croissants cool for a few minutes, as the chocolate inside will be very hot. Alternatively, dust the croissants’ top with powdered sugar or drizzle with chocolate sauce for a sweet, decorative touch.

Enjoy: Serve warm for a deliciously melty chocolate experience.

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

Pro Tips

Creating chocolate croissants in an air fryer can be delightful and straightforward. Here are some pro tips to ensure your air fryer chocolate croissants turn out perfectly every time:

  • Pre-Made Dough Quality: Choose a high-quality brand if you’re using pre-made croissant dough. The better the dough, the flakier and tastier your croissants will be.
  • Chocolate Choice: Use good quality chocolate for the filling. This can be any chocolate chip or a piece of a chocolate bar. The type of chocolate (dark, milk, or semi-sweet) will significantly affect the flavor, so choose according to your preference.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: Place the croissants in the air fryer basket in a single layer with some space between each. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and croissants that are not adequately crisped.
  • Temperature Check: Air fryers can vary in terms of how they heat. Finding the perfect temperature and timing for your specific model might take a batch or two. Starting at a lower temperature, around 320°F (160°C), is a good rule of thumb.
  • Monitoring: Monitor the croissants, especially the first time you make them. Air fryers cook quickly, but cooking times vary slightly because every appliance differs slightly.
  • Egg Wash for a Golden Finish: Brushing the croissants with a beaten egg before cooking will give them a beautiful golden sheen. A light brush with plant-based milk can also work if you prefer a vegan option.
  • Perfect Roll: When rolling your croissants, start at the wider end and roll towards the narrower point. Ensure the chocolate is securely enclosed to prevent it from leaking out during cooking.
  • Preheating the Air Fryer: Some air fryer models benefit from preheating. If yours has this feature, a quick preheat can lead to more even cooking.
  • Let Them Rest: After cooking, let the croissants rest for a few minutes, as the chocolate inside will be scorching and can cause burns.
  • Serving and Storage: These are best served warm, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container. To return them to their crispness, reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes.
  • Adjusting for Size: If you make mini croissants, adjust the cooking time downward, as they will cook faster.
  • Clean Air Fryer Basket: Ensure your air fryer basket is clean and lightly greased to prevent sticking, though most modern air fryers have non-stick surfaces.
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Can I use store-bought dough for air fryer chocolate croissants? Absolutely. Store-bought croissant dough, crescent roll dough,  or even puff pastry works well and can save time. Roll out the dough, add chocolate, and follow the air frying instructions.

What type of chocolate is best for air fryer chocolate croissants? You can use any chocolate you prefer – dark, milk, or semi-sweet. Chocolate chips or a small piece of chocolate bar both work well. The key is to use high-quality chocolate for the best flavor.

How do I prevent the chocolate from leaking out? Make sure the chocolate is placed towards the base of the dough triangle and roll the dough tightly to encase the chocolate completely. Also, avoid overfilling with too much chocolate.

What temperature should I set my air fryer to? The best air fryer temperature is 320°F (160°C) is typically ideal. This allows the croissants to cook through and become golden without burning.

How long does it take to cook chocolate croissants in an air fryer? It usually takes about 8-10 minutes, but this can vary depending on your air fryer model and the size of your croissants. It’s good to start checking around the 6-minute mark.

Do I need to preheat my air fryer?Some air fryers benefit from preheating, while others don’t require it. Check your air fryer’s manual for guidance. If unsure, a quick preheat for a few minutes can help ensure even cooking.

Can I make chocolate croissants ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the croissants and store them in the refrigerator before cooking. However, it’s best to air fry them just before serving for the freshest taste and best texture. They are perfect for serving your morning coffee and are always best fresh, but they last the next day. 

How do I store leftover chocolate croissants? Keep any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. You can reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes to restore crispness. Reheat air fryer chocoate croissant for 3-5 minutes at 300 degrees F.

Can I use puff pastry instead of croissant dough? Yes, puff pastry can be used as an alternative. The texture will be slightly different but still delicious.

What’s the best way to serve air fryer chocolate croissants? They are best served warm when the chocolate is still melty. You can also dust them with powdered sugar for extra sweetness and an excellent presentation.

Can I add other fillings to my chocolate croissants? Certainly! Feel free to add a teaspoon of almond paste, a dollop of Nutella, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon with the chocolate for different flavor profiles.

Why are my croissants not flaky? This could be due to the dough not being cold enough when it goes into the air fryer or the air fryer being too hot. Ensuring your dough is chilled, and your air fryer is set to the right temperature can help achieve flakiness.

​Easy Ninja Air Fryer Chocolate Croissant: Prepare as directed, and cook at air crisp for 8-10 minutes.

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

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Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

Air Fryer Chocolate Croissants

3.50 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


This is such a great and easy recipe for any day of the week. My kids love these at night for a quick and sweet treat. Made in minutes with the help of your air fryer!


  • 8 ounces Pillsbury Crescent rolls
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Unroll and separate crescent roll dough into individual triangle pieces.
  • Sprinkle a row of chocolate chips across one edge of a triangle piece.
  • Roll the triangle dough up and pinch the seams together.
  • Repeat with the remaining triangles (you will have chocolate chips leftover for the drizzle after cooking).
  • Brush both sides of the rolled-up croissants with melted butter and place several croissants into the tray of your air fryer.
  • Cook at 320 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 6-7 minutes, turning halfway through. 
  • Remove from the tray and allow to cool down. Repeat with remaining croissants.
  • Meanwhile, melt the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring at 20-30 second intervals until melted through. 
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate across the cooled croissants and serve. Enjoy!


  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment Paper


Croissants will store best wrapped in individual food storage bags in the refrigerator for up to one week. To warm, place in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
If storing at room temperature, discard leftovers after 2 days.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 87IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 4mg

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