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How to Make Store-Bought Croissants Taste Fresh, Crispy, and Honey-Buttery

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Store-Bought Croissants Can Be Improved

If I had to name my favorite type of bread it would be croissants. I've always loved them. A fresh croissant is pure heaven with its flaky crust and buttery flavor. A turkey sandwich using a croissant as the bread is so delicious and perfect. When having pasta, a croissant is the perfect accompaniment to mop up sauce and noodles.

I usually buy croissants once a week. Typically, I eat them as a quick breakfast smeared with a little butter and heated in the microwave when I'm in a rush. It's easy to find croissants at any local grocery store here in Tennessee in the bakery section. Unfortunately, it's rare to find fresh croissants. I can name only one donut shop too far away from me that makes croissants fresh.

The croissants I buy from local grocery stores or (and I cringe saying this) Walmart are never fresh tasting and typically not great without some doctoring. That's why I decided to share this article with folks. If there are people like me out there, they will know the struggles of loving croissants but having to settle for old grocery store ones.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

Makes 1 or more croissants

Quick Recipe

I go into greater detail below and also provide a pictorial guide, but here's a quick recipe to get you started.


  • Store-bought croissants
  • Butter
  • Honey


  1. Buy croissants of any kind from your local grocery store.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Spread butter over the tops of however many croissants you want to make. Place each butter-coated croissant on the pan so that none touch. Drizzle honey in a zigzag pattern over the tops of every croissant.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the golden brown color of the croissants turns a darker brown. Be careful not to let them turn black and burn, which can happen if you don't watch closely.
  5. Once dark brown, remove the pan from the oven and let the croissants cool for 5 to 10 minutes or until cool enough to touch. Serve warm.

Step 1: Buy Croissants

Start off with your favorite croissants. I typically buy mine from a local chain of grocery stores, but if I'm at a Walmart I'll buy them there even though they aren't my favorite. Some chain stores sell two different sizes of croissants: large and mini-sized. I love the large ones for sandwiches. The mini-sized ones are nice for a quick bite for breakfast or a side to spaghetti with meat sauce.

These are Walmart croissants. Not so pretty looking. They are never crispy or fresh.

These are Walmart croissants. Not so pretty looking. They are never crispy or fresh.

Step 2: Prepare a Pan and Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F. To doctor up grocery store croissants I like to use my trusty old cookie sheet. This recipe can be a bit messy so I line the cookie sheet with foil, but parchment paper would also work.

Step 3: Prepare Your Honey Butter Croissants

Since heating up the oven isn't something I always want to do (especially in summer) I typically make more than one croissant. If you have a toaster oven or are experienced in using the broiler of an oven you can heat up your croissant faster and can heat only one up if you don't want to eat more than one croissant.

If I'm making pasta or sandwiches for the whole family, the oven method works best. I place my croissants on a foil-lined pan far enough from each other that they are not touching. I take softened butter and spread it over the entire top of each croissant. Once the butter is in place, I drizzle a zigzag of honey over the tops of each croissant. You don't need much honey and a thin line, zigzagged over top is plenty.

Alternative Toppings

Honey is only one idea for a topping for your croissants. Garlic powder and Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the butter would make a wonderful garlic bread croissant to accompany Italian dishes. Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on the butter would be tasty for a more dessert-like treat. Once your croissants are baked you could drizzle chocolate or butterscotch over them for sweet treats. Be creative with your croissants because a variety of toppings could make them delicious and flavorful.

Spread butter over the top.

Spread butter over the top.

Pick your favorite honey.

Pick your favorite honey.

Drizzle honey over the tops.

Drizzle honey over the tops.

Step 4: Bake

Bake your croissants for around 10 minutes. Keep checking them every five minutes to see what color they are. Grocery store croissants come golden brown already so you want a slightly darker brown on the top. While in the oven, the butter and honey bake and make the outside crust of the croissants crunchy and flaky again. The butter gives the bread a buttery flavor and makes the crust nice and shiny. The honey caramelizes onto the bread. When you apply the honey, some will drip down the sides touching the pan which will give the lower edges of the croissant a perfectly sweet, crispy, and chewy bite all at once.

Once your croissants look like they are a dark brown color, remove them from the oven and let them cool for several minutes. Cooling a bit is important to help the outer crust harden to give it a crispy texture. The croissants are best served slightly warm.

Bake until a darker brown

Bake until a darker brown

The butter and honey make the outside shiny and the crust crispy

The butter and honey make the outside shiny and the crust crispy

Toaster Ovens and Broilers

You can also make these croissants in a toaster oven or with a broiler.

Toaster Oven Directions

I no longer own a toaster oven but I did own one years ago. I made honey butter croissants in them frequently and the directions are very much the same. Line your toaster oven pan with foil for easy cleanup and bake until the outside crust is dark brown.

Broiler Directions

Cooking croissants under a broiler can be tricky because broilers cook the outsides of foods incredibly fast. If you want a quick honey butter croissant you can just kick on the broiler of your oven and place your pan underneath on the lowest shelf away from the heating element at the top of the oven. Your croissants should be ready to eat within a few minutes of the broiler heating up. If you use the broiler I'd recommend standing by and checking every few seconds so they don't burn. I am terrible at getting distracted by my child running around or our pets and am notorious for forgetting things under the broiler. I usually just bake to be safe so I don't ruin good food with my forgetfulness.

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