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9 Super Tasty Homemade Cronuts Recipes

9 Super Tasty Homemade Cronuts Recipes

What the heck is a Cronut? Well, here it is from the proverbial ‘horse’s mouth’ (I wouldn’t tell Chef Dominique Ansel that we referred to him as a horse, though. Deal?):

“The Cronut® is the unique pastry creation by Chef Dominique Ansel that many have described to be a croissant-doughnut hybrid … The Cronut® brand and product  is a registered trademark of Dominique Ansel Bakery both in the US and internationally.” – Dominique Ansel Bakery.

So the Cronut® is trademarked … but that just means that you can’t make a doughnut-croissant hybrid, call it a ‘Cronut’ and sell it.

It doesn’t mean you can’t make ‘Cronuts’ from one of these recipes and eat them yourself!

Here are nine ‘fake’ Cronuts recipes that have been puzzled out by brilliant, at-home experimenters. Since the basic Cronut recipe doesn’t vary much — variations come from the flavors used for the glaze and the filling — these recipes are roughly arranged by culinary skill, from the easiest to most difficult.

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Disclaimer: To me, any mention of yeast automatically puts cooking of any kind into the ‘master chef’ realm, so if you disagree with my hierarchy … you’re probably right.

1. Easy Chocolate Glazed Cronuts

This article details Kirbie’s kitchen experiments with Trader Joe’s croissants. Read and learn …

Chocolate Glazed Cronuts

    2. From Pillsbury: The Salted Caramel Crescent Doughnut

    Caramel topping, vanilla pudding, Kosher salt, and Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls — what’s not to love?

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    pillsbury salted caramel cronut

      3. The Easiest Homemade Cronut Yet

      Here’s another recipe based on Pillsbury’s crescent dinner rolls, and it includes recipes for the classic cinnamon sugar topping, a vanilla glaze, and a lemon glaze. Note that for the easier recipes such as this one, to get the filling inside you simply split the pastry open, spread the filling, and then reassemble.

      Cinnamon-Sugar Cronut

        4. Vegan Cronut

        This uses a premade puff pastry dough, so to me it still qualifies as ‘easy.’ With chocolate, banana, soy milk, and sugar cane, who said being vegan had to be boring?

        Vegan Cronut

          5. Your Basic Glazed Cronut

          This recipe mentions yeast, so we’re officially out of the ‘culinary moron’ level, and therefore way over my head in terms of the cooking skills needed. However, this page includes great videos and a ‘Kitchen View’ option for when you’re ‘on the job.’

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          plain cronut

            6. Old-School Puff Pastry Cronut

            Includes great how-to photos and detailed instructions on how to make a puff pastry and a maple glaze. Impressive! 

            Puff Pastry Cronut

              7. Honey-Dipped, Vanilla-Bean-Cream-Filled Cronuts

              These lovelies are actually deep fried in grapeseed oil, just like the real Cronuts. However, if you’re not up to discussions on the smoke point of grapeseed oil, you don’t know the difference between a Pasta Sfoglia Brioche dough and a basic croissant dough, and you don’t have three days to invest in this process, I’d stick with one of the easier recipes.

              Vanilla Bean Cream Filled Croissant Doughnuts

                8. For the Purist: The Totally From Scratch Cronut

                This recipe even includes instructions on how to make the filling, which you inject like you would at a real bakery! (Injected, not spread! Wow!) Definitely a recipe for the committed, experienced cook.

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                The Purist's Cronut

                  9. The Metric Cronut with Vanilla Cream and Orange Blossom Glaze

                  And one final recipe for seriously skilled cooks, using metric measurements for our friends across the pond (and everywhere else in the world).

                  Metric Cronuts

                    A Final Word

                    I admit it: I’ve never actually eaten a Cronut. This fact makes me a complete hack who is utterly unqualified to be writing this article. I am, however, open to educational opportunities, so if one of you, my dear readers, should feel inspired to enlighten me, I’m quite available for coaching. I’m also happy to engage in any taste tests of your experiments; we can’t have you serving a substandard product to your guests, you know. Perhaps I could even write a future follow-up article to make up for my current lack of Cronut knowledge, pending further research … extensive research … lots and lots of research …

                    Featured photo credit: The Cronut/justjenn via flickr.com

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                    Last Updated on January 25, 2021

                    What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                    What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                    It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                    If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                    What should I do today? No ideas?

                    Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                    Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                    1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                    2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                    3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                    4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                    5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                    6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                    7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                    8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                    9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                    10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                    11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                    12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                    13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                    14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                    15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                    16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                    17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                    18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                    19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                    20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                    21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                    22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                    23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                    24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                    25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                    26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                    27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                    28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                    29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                    30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                    Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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