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The most incredible almond croissant recipe, just like you would find at a French bakery. Flaky golden croissants are filled and topped with almond cream and sliced almonds. A delicious morning pastry to go with your favorite beverage.

Almond Croissant Recipe

Hello! You have just stumbled upon one of my all-time favorite recipes, flaky, nutty, creamy almond croissants. These beautiful crescents are first made with lots of TLC to create all of the incredible laminated layers and then filled with the most luscious almond cream.

Indeed, they are undeniable my culinary kryptonite. So where do all the poor croissant orphans go when no one wants them? Not to fear, they get a makeover and become even more awesome as tasty almond croissants!

slicing a croissant in half

My favorite version of almond croissants is from Bouchon Bakery, the artisanal boulangerie created by the culinary mastermind Thomas Keller. He doesn’t just fill the inside with a smidge of almond paste, no way!

Chef Keller creates a rich nutty almond cream that he generously supplies inside each croissant. Then if that wasn’t enough, he pipes the tops of each sweet butter pastry with more cream, oh yeah! Sliced almonds decorated the tops and baked until a crispy light golden brown, and the cream warm and custardy. It’s so amazing and addicting!

brushing butter onto slices of croissant

pipping a bag of filling into the croissants

Knowing that I have an obsession for pastries, my thoughtful Aunt Lynette brought me a whole box of almond croissants from Bouchon Bakery in Las Vegas during their first visit to see baby James. She certainly knows how to make a hungry mama happy!

I was so excited to make this at home but also nervous that I might not be able to pull it off. When the Bouchon Bakery cookbook was published, I ordered one as soon as I could. I’ve been dying to replicate this almond croissant recipe, and I was ready to give it a go! I have to say, with just a few tiny tweaks it was so good, especially fresh out of the oven when still warm, oozy and crisp!

spreading filling

pipping cream on the top of a croissant

Busy Mom Alert! I must admit something; I didn’t have the chance to make the croissants from scratch. My local bakery sold some gorgeous butter croissants, and I let them sit for a day in the pastry box. I didn’t cover the croissants in an airtight plastic bag or container because that will give the pastries more of a chewy texture instead of dry on the surface.

hand pressing down on a croissant in a bowl of almonds

It’s all about the almond cream filling! It’s a mixture of almond flour or meal, all-purpose flour, sugar, butter and eggs, that simple. The combination will rock your taste buds, especially since it’s piped in between each croissant like a sandwich, and then again on top and sprinkled with sliced almonds for more flavor and crunch.

Make sure not to forget to make the almond syrup, it adds a little bit of moisture and sweetness to each bite, so don’t be shy when you’re adding it on. I decided to add just a little bit of almond extract to the syrup because I enjoy a good distinctive almond flavor and didn’t think the soaking of the almond meal alone would give it enough oomph.

dusting powdered sugar of almond croissants

When the timer went off, and I opened the oven door for the first time, I was in amazement. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous and fragrant the almond croissants appeared, I was in heaven! I couldn’t wait to dig in, but I had just enough restraint to let them cool, top them with some powdered sugar and take a quick picture.

Oh my, you have to eat them warm from the oven! I even let my son James who is 9 months old have his first croissant experience, he smiled with each bite, and I loved seeing the crumbles all over his face and hands.

top down view of a plate with an almond croissant

You will never go back to regular croissants again after you make this almond croissant recipe, trust me. Almond croissant, you are my food soulmate!

Are you looking for more scrumptious pastries to make at home? Try my chocolate profiteroles or luscious dark chocolate salted caramel tart.

Why are day-old croissants used?

Day-old croissants are used because giving the pastries time to be exposed to the air overnight allows them to stale and dry out a bit more. This makes the pastries more stable for cutting, filling, and re-baking the next day for your enjoyment. Avoid covering them in an airtight plastic container, because that will make them less crisp and chewier the next day.

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The most incredible almond croissant recipe, just like you would find at a French bakery. Flaky golden croissants are filled and topped with almond cream and sliced almonds. A delicious morning pastry to go with your favorite beverage.
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4.02 from 66 votes
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Servings 8 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine French

Ingredients

Almond Croissants

  • 4 croissants, day old
  • 2 ¼ cups almonds, sliced, blanched or roasted
  • 2 cups almond cream, cold
  • almond syrup
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, for dusting

Almond Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar, plus 2 more tablespoons
  • ¼ cup water, plus 1 more tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour, or almond meal
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract, optional

Almond Cream

  • 1 cup almond flour, or almond meal, plus 1 ½ more tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus 1 more teaspoon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (4.4 ounces)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, plus 1 ½ more tablespoons
  • ¼ cup eggs, plus 2 more teaspoons

Instructions 

Almond Syrup

  • Combine the sugar, water, and almond flour in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Remove from the heat and let steep for 1 hour.
  • Strain the syrup into a small bowl or covered container. Add ¼ teaspoon almond extract (if using), and stir to combine. Set aside until ready to assemble croissants.

Almond Cream

  • Sift the almond flour into a medium bowl. Break up any lumps remaining in the sieve and add to the bowl. Add the all-purpose flour and whisk together.
  • Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. On medium-low, warming the bowl as needed, until the butter is the consistency of mayonnaise and holds a peak when the paddle is lifted.
  • Sift in the powdered sugar and mix on the lowest setting until incorporated, then increase the speed to low and mix until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the almond mixture in 2 additions, pulsing to combine and then mixing at low speed for 15 to 30 seconds after each one. Scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate any dry ingredients that may settle.
  • Add the eggs and mix on low speed until combined and smooth, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a covered container. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface to prevent skin from forming. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours or place in the freezer until chilled but not frozen about 30 minutes. The cream can be refrigerated up to 4 days.

Almond Croissants

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Spoon the cooled almond cream into a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tip or large re-sealable plastic bag with the tip cup off (after filling). Spread the almonds in a shallow bowl.
  • Cut the croissants horizontally in half, as if slicing them open to make sandwiches. Brush the cut-side of each one with 1 ½ teaspoon of almond syrup.
  • Pipe 2 to 3 tablespoons almond cream onto the bottom half of each croissant, and spread it evenly with a small offset spatula. Place the top halves back on and gently press together.
  • Pipe about 2 tablespoons almond cream on top of each croissant and spread evenly. If using larger croissants, feel free to add more almond cream into the filling and on top of the croissant.
  • Dip the tops of the croissants into the almonds, coating the cream generously, and press down to compact. Arrange the croissants on the prepared sheet pan.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the size of croissants), until the nuts are golden brown. Don’t worry if some of the almond cream drips on the paper. Set the pan on a rack to cool thoroughly.

Notes

  • The croissants are best the day they are baked, but the can be stored in a covered container for up to 1 day.

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Nutrition Facts
BEST Almond Croissant Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 992 Calories from Fat 603
% Daily Value*
Fat 67g103%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 318mg13%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 84g28%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Calcium 220mg22%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Cheryl says

    The almond syrup was a disaster. One fourth cup water to one cup sugar? It hardened up like cement. I redid it 50/50 like a simple syrup for beverages. They turned out awesome the second time. Yummmmy.

  2. Sandra says

    Question about the eggs in the almond cream, is it raw? I don’t understand about warming the bowl. I have a silver bowl on my stand mixer. You do end up cooking it in the croissant yes? I can’t wait to try!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      hi Sandra- Yes, the almond cream is raw and will bake inside the croissant. As long as the butter is at room temperature, don’t worry about warming. You just don’t want super cold butter that will get lumpy when mixed.

  3. Scott says

    Excellent recipe! Have made it many times because everyone in the house begs me to make them. The only change I made is for the syrup. I had the same problem as other people in that the syrup turned into a brick as soon as it cooled. I only heated it until it dissolved but happened each time. Finally I increased the water to about 50/50 and it worked great. Love a recipe I know by heart!!! Keep up the good work!

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