So you’ve heard of the cruffin, right? Part croissant, part muffin. Like other hybrid breakfast treats, this merger is a good thing. After coming up with a very easy way to make a cronut a couple of years ago, and touting it as a fabulous Christmas morning treat, I have to admit that the cruffin is actually easier because you don’t have to deal with the hot oil. Properly prepped, this new fancy muffin is your latest favorite special morning treat.

The key is that you purchase your frozen croissant dough and thaw it the night before. And, just as it becomes malleable, you fold it into your muffin pan. Leave it on the counter overnight and now all you have to do is follow the baking directions on the package of your frozen croissants (mine say to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 12 minutes) and they are done! Add whatever extras you wish: powdered sugar, jam, vanilla custard … whatever your heart and taste buds desire.

Here are the step-by-step directions, to prove just how easy this glorious morning treat really is:

Buy some frozen croissant dough (I use Trader Joe’s, plain variety). You’ll need to start this the night before, but it’s super easy.

Leave the frozen rolls out for about an hour, and then roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. I prefer one cup sugar and two tablespoons cinnamon.

Then, fold them in half with the pointy sides down into a greased muffin tin.

Frozen Croissant Dough Trader Joes

The frozen dough is teeny tiny! It will get much bigger overnight.

Making Cruffins: after it thaws for an hour, roll it in cinnamon sugar. Coat it well!

After it thaws for an hour, roll it in cinnamon sugar. Coat it well!

Cruffins in a muffin pan

These little guys are going to get much bigger overnight!

Let them rise overnight, for about eight hours. I keep mine in my microwave so that nothing falls on them, but you could cover them lightly with wax paper.

In the morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees (or whatever your croissant package says). While you wait for the oven to warm, sprinkle some more cinnamon sugar on top of the dough, which has now about quadrupled in size!

Cruffins ready for the oven recipe

See how much bigger they are? I tried to purposefully have some rise that weren’t quite “tucked in” as well. You can see how a few look like a normal croissant in a muffin pan? Those are ones that weren’t as tightly folded into the pan. They’ll still taste as good!

Bake. Take them out and let them cool for a couple of minutes in the muffin tin. Then, flip them upside down in the tin to cool further (if you put them on a plate, the weight of the top will cause them to compress a bit). After a few minutes, when they are mostly cool, you can indent the middle and fill with custard or pudding (or serve plain). Then, top with powdered sugar and serve!

Cruffin recipe: Here they are, actually upside down, cooling. But, notice how some are small? These are ones I touched before baking and it causes the dough to fall. I wanted to show you the differences in size so that you won't be tempted to touch yours! They'll still taste divine though ...

Here they are, actually upside down, cooling. But notice how some are small? These are ones I touched before baking and it causes the dough to fall. I wanted to show you the differences in size so that you won’t be tempted to touch yours! They’ll still taste divine though …

Super easy.

Cruffins in a bowl

Serve plain with powdered sugar or add syrup, preserves, butter … really whatever you want!

Showing the size of the cruffin

See, they really do get big!

Cruffin with chocolate pudding: I added some pre-made dark chocolate pudding from Trader Joe's (found in the dairy area where the yogurt is). This, after the cinnamon sugar already crusted on, was amazing. This was an easy treat that made my family very happy!

I added some premade dark chocolate pudding from Trader Joe’s (found in the dairy area where the yogurt is). This, after the cinnamon sugar already crusted on, was amazing. An easy treat that made my family very happy!

Charlie with his cruffin

Just one of my happy kiddos (not to mention my husband!)

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If you want something a bit more indulgent, check out our recipe for the SB cronut, using the same dough, but you fry them, and they are delicious!

If you want a deep fried hybrid breakfast treat, check out our easy recipe for SB cronuts here!

If you want a deep-fried hybrid breakfast treat, check out our easy recipe for SB cronuts here!

And, for a great Christmas morning treat, try this:

Christmas morning breakfast ideas: This orange bread casserole recipe is a carb-load of deliciousness. Find the recipe here.

This orange bread casserole recipe is a carb-load of deliciousness. Find the recipe here.

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