Heavenly Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding Recipe

For those who love indulging in chocolate croissants, there’s a perfect treat that will take your passion to the next level: Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding. This recipe combines the buttery flakiness of croissants with rich and creamy chocolate chips in a delectable bread pudding.

Not only this is an amazing dessert but it’s also a creative way to use leftover croissants as they’re converted into a delectable treat with simple ingredients such as milk, sugar, and eggs. Whether you need to use up some old croissants, or you just want to impress your friends or family with something sweet and delicious, this recipe is easy and tailored for both novice and advanced bakers.

With each bite of this chocolatey croissant bread pudding, you’ll feel as though you are tasting something truly divine. So come along with me as we delve into an electrifying experience of chocolate, buttery bread – prepared with the simplest of ingredients – that will become your newfound dessert obsession!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Listen up, my dear friends and fellow dessert enthusiasts. If you’re anything like me, the thought of a warm and delicious croissant bread pudding makes your mouth water with anticipation. But what if I told you that this recipe packs an extra punch with the rich flavors of chocolate? Yes, you heard it right – this is a chocolate croissant bread pudding recipe.

Imagine for a moment biting into a heavenly combination of buttery croissants and melting bittersweet chocolate chips. You’ll close your eyes in pleasure as you indulge in each bite that is both sweet and savory. This recipe will awaken your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Not convinced yet? Let me tell you how simple the ingredients are to gather. All you need are 5 large eggs, 2 cups of whole milk, 1 cup of heavy cream, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, unsalted butter and those day-old croissants or even those leftover chocolate croissants. Yes, it’s that simple!

Now, let’s talk about flexibility. This recipe allows for substitutions and variations to suit your personal preferences! Add some white chocolate chips or Nutella croissant cubes to kick things up another notch. Maybe swap out the bittersweet chocolate chips for dark or double chocolate ones. The possibilities are endless!

I hope I’ve convinced you that this chocolate croissant bread pudding recipe is worth trying out. Trust me, once you’ve had a warm bowlful of this indulgent dessert, you’ll wonder how life was ever complete without it!

Ingredient List

 Decadent layers of croissants and chocolate make this bread pudding an indulgent treat!
Decadent layers of croissants and chocolate make this bread pudding an indulgent treat!

Here is a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to make this chocolate croissant bread pudding recipe. Don’t worry; the list is simple, and most of these items can be found in your kitchen pantry.

Bread Pudding Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Butter (for greasing baking dish)
  • 8 day-old croissants, cut into small cubes
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Croissant Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 chocolate croissants, cut into small cubes

You’ll also need some unsalted butter for greasing the baking dish. If you want to add some extra chocolate goodness to your bread pudding, feel free to toss in some extra chocolate chips or your favorite chocolate bar!

The Recipe How-To

 This dessert is perfect for chocolate lovers who also crave a hint of buttery, flaky croissant goodness.
This dessert is perfect for chocolate lovers who also crave a hint of buttery, flaky croissant goodness.

Now that we’ve covered the introduction and why you’ll love this recipe, let’s dive into the recipe itself! Here’s how to make a delicious Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding:

Gather Your Ingredients

First, gather all of the necessary ingredients. You will need:

  • 4 croissants, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

You’ll also need a 9×13 inch baking dish and an oven preheated at 350°F.

Prepare the Mixture

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of whole milk, 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then add in 8 large egg yolks and continue to whisk until well combined.

Add in the Croissants and Chocolate

Next, add in the 4 croissants cut into cubes and 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate. Gently mix until all pieces are coated with the mixture.

Let Stand

Allow the croissant mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes so the mixture can absorb into the bread.

Layer in Baking Dish

Butter your baking dish with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, then layer in the croissant mixture. Be sure to spread out the mixture evenly throughout the dish.


Bake in a preheated oven set at 350°F for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Be sure to let your Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding cool for a few minutes before serving. This dessert pairs perfectly with vanilla ice cream or even topped with Nutella!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfaction guaranteed with every bite of this sinfully delicious dessert.
Satisfaction guaranteed with every bite of this sinfully delicious dessert.

Variation is the spice of life, and this chocolate croissant bread pudding recipe has plenty of room for creativity! Here are some substitution ideas to make this dessert your own:

– Croissant Bread: Cube and toast day-old croissants, or substitute with crescent rolls for a fluffier texture.

– Chocolate: Use your favorite type of chocolate chips or switch it up by using bittersweet or dark chocolate.

– Milk: Swap out whole milk with almond milk or coconut milk for a dairy-free option. Half-and-half can be used instead of heavy cream to lighten the recipe.

– Sugar: Feel free to use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar if you want a deeper flavor.

– Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding: Drizzle Nutella between layers of croissant cubes, chocolate chips, and cream mixture for an exciting twist on the classic recipe.

– White Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding: Skip the dark/bittersweet chocolate and opt for white chocolate chips. This variation will be perfect for those who like a sweeter taste.

From double chocolate croissant dessert recipes to bread and butter pudding with chocolate croissants, Katie Lee’s variations are endless. Don’t forget to experiment with different add-ins like nuts or dried fruits!

No matter which variation you choose, this rich dessert paired with ice cream will make a lovely ending to any meal.

Serving and Pairing

 Take your tastebuds on a journey filled with chocolatey richness and delightful textures.
Take your tastebuds on a journey filled with chocolatey richness and delightful textures.

Now comes the fun part – serving and pairing your delicious chocolate croissant bread pudding! I find that this gooey, chocolatey treat is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.

One way to take this dish to the next level is by topping it with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of Nutella, or even some fresh berries. The coolness of the whipped cream or the sweet flavor of the Nutella perfectly balances the warm, rich pudding.

Speaking of dessert, you can also pair this bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent dessert. Take a spoonful of bread pudding and a spoonful of ice cream and let them melt together in your mouth – trust me, it’s heaven.

If you’re serving this dish for breakfast or brunch, you might want to pair it with some bacon, eggs benedict or a cup of coffee to balance out the chocolatey flavor. You could also top the bread pudding with a maple syrup glaze or some drizzled caramel for some extra sweetness.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair it, this chocolate croissant bread pudding will be an absolute hit at any meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A match made in heaven: chocolate and croissants come together to create the ultimate dessert.
A match made in heaven: chocolate and croissants come together to create the ultimate dessert.

As much as we love indulging in fresh, warm chocolate croissant bread pudding, sometimes you just can’t finish the whole batch. Luckily, this recipe is perfect for making ahead and storing for later.

To make ahead, simply assemble the bread pudding in the baking dish as directed and cover tightly with plastic wrap. The assembled pudding can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking.

For longer storage, you can freeze the unbaked pudding for up to 2 weeks. To do this, follow the assembly instructions and wrap tightly in layers of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. When ready to bake, allow the pudding to thaw completely in the refrigerator before baking as directed.

When reheating the bread pudding, we recommend warming it in a low oven or toaster oven rather than microwaving. Preheat your oven to 350°F and place the desired portion on an oven-safe dish. Warm for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Keep in mind that reheating the bread pudding will cause it to lose some of its crispness, but it will still be rich and delicious. If you have any leftovers (which is unlikely!), store them covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To enjoy again, simply reheat using one of the methods above.

With these tips for make-ahead, storing and reheating, you can enjoy a slice of warm chocolate croissant bread pudding whenever your sweet tooth desires without losing any of its decadent flavors.

Tips for Perfect Results

As a baker and an articulative assistant, I have prepared my fair share of bread puddings, and so I want to make sure you achieve nothing but perfection with this chocolate croissant bread pudding recipe. Here are some tips to help you get the desired result:

1. Use day-old croissants or bread

I know it can be tempting to use fresh croissants or bread, but trust me, using day-old croissants or bread will absorb the custard mixture seamlessly, giving your pudding a rich and velvety texture.

2. Cut the croissants into smaller cubes

When cutting your croissants into small cubes, aim for 1-2 inch sizes. This helps them soak up more of the custard mixture, ensuring that each bite is evenly coated in the sweet, chocolatey goodness.

3. Toast the croissant cubes

Before adding the cubed croissants to your baking dish, I recommend lightly toasting them in the oven for a few minutes. Doing this will enhance their texture and flavor, helping them hold up well under the creamy custard.

4. Let it sit before serving

After removing the chocolate croissant bread pudding from the oven, it’s ideal to wait for at least 10-15 minutes before serving. This helps the pudding settle and allows it to reach its ideal texture.

5. Top with your favorite sweet fix-ins

One thing I love about this dessert is its versatility when it comes to toppings. From ice cream to Nutella or even white or dark chocolate drizzle; there are numerous ways you can dress up your finished product to make it just as unique as you are.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious and impressive dessert that everyone will enjoy!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding recipe is simply irresistible. With simple ingredients like day-old croissants, chocolate chips, heavy cream, and sugar, you can create a dessert that is indulgent and mouthwatering. Plus, the recipe is versatile and allows for substitutions and variations to match your taste preference.

But the real reason why you should make this recipe is because it’s truly magical. Each bite of the warm and gooey chocolate croissant bread pudding transports you to heaven, where time slows down and nothing else matters except for that moment of pure bliss.

So what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen and whip up this Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding recipe today. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Plus, it’s a great way to use up those leftover croissants or satisfy your sweet tooth with something unique and indulgent.

In the words of Katie Lee, “Croissant dessert recipes are always crowd-pleasers.” And this Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding just might be the best one yet.

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding Recipe

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Breads, Quick Breads
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Calories: 788.8kcal


  • 6 croissants (day old)
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (or bittersweet chocolate bars, chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup godiva chocolate liqueur
  • cold whipped cream


  • Position oven rack in the center of oven; preheat oven to 350°; lightly spray a 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Slice the croissants in half lengthwise; place them on a baking sheet and toast them until golden, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and place them in the baking dish, breaking some up to fill in holes.
  • In the double boiler insert, over simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter.
  • In a big bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, sugar, and liqueur together until smooth.
  • Slowly whisk ¼ cup of the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture to temper it.
  • Slowly stir the tempered egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and continue stirring until smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate-egg mixture slowly over the croissants; using the back of a spoon, submerge the croissants in the liquid for maximum absorption.
  • Place baking dish in a larger shallow pan such as a roasting pan, and place it on the oven rack.
  • Pour enough hot water into the larger pan to reach halfway up the sides of the baking dish.
  • Bake the pudding for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or just until the center is set when gently shaken.
  • Remove baking dish from the water bath and serve the pudding immediately, or let cool on a baking rack until room temperature; serve with whipped cream.

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Serving: 232g | Calories: 788.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 59.1g | Protein: 12.8g | Fat: 58.4g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 370.1mg | Sodium: 425.5mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 39.5g

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