5 Amazingly Easy Cronut Recipes

The cronut (croissant + donut) is not your average hybrid treat. In fact, it’s listed by Time magazine as one of the greatest inventions of 2013. For this must-eat, you can treat yourself to an authentic cronut in New York, OR… you can just make one yourself! Follow these amazingly easy-to-make cronut recipes and jazz it up to a whole new level.

1. Easiest Home Made Cronut

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This is one recipe you can easily make in the comfort of your home. You have limitless options of dressing up the glaze. You can drizzle it with colored sprinkles, cover it with cinnamon sugar, or add lemons for a little zest. The possibilities are endless. Get the recipe at and try it yourself!

Time to make: 1 hr, 30 mins


for the dough

  • Canola oil
  • 2 (8-ounce) canisters refrigerated Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 snack-size (4-ounce) container vanilla pudding

for the decoration

  • 6 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest separated


2. Easy 5 Step Cronut Smores

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Turn any dessert to a Smores variation, and you can be sure that it will be a hit. Pillsbury has come up with their own version of this great dessert. The graham cracker on top gives it a delicious crunch, and the creamy marshmallow melt spread makes all the difference in this recipe.

Time to make: 20 mins


  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1/3 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons graham cracker crumbs


3. Cinnamon Sugar Cronut

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Turn your cronuts into a holiday favorite. This sweetly spiced variation might just be the easiest recipe on this list, but its taste is far from simple. Pair it with your favorite coffee or hot chocolate, and the Cinnamon Sugar Cronut has turned it into a heartwarming snack. Go to for the recipe.

Time to make: 1 hr, 20 mins


for the dough

  • 1 1/4 cup warm milk, about 105-110F
  • 1 package active dry yeast, about 2 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

for the butter block

  • 1 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter, preferably European style like Plugra or Kerrygold
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

other ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Oil for frying


4. Apple Pecan Pie Cronuts with Apple Cider Caramel Drizzle

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This cronut variation’s name is a mouthful, I know. But you are sure to be filling up your mouth with this exquisite cronut. If you love apple pie, pecan pie, apple cider, and caramel, this ultimate autumn cronut by Half Baked Harvest will keep you asking for more. The recipe is a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and nutty!

Time to make: 1 hr, 30 mins


  • 2 (8-ounce) canisters Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups honeycrips or pink lady apples, cored and chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Apple Cider Caramel
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the frosting

  • 1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider caramel sauce
  • 1 tablespoon milk


5. Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cronut 

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Imagine breaking this perfectly browned flaky cronut and dipping it in warm, silky caramel. Now, imagine putting it in your mouth and tasting the pumpkin spice sugar melt in your mouth…

Did your brain explode from awesomeness yet?

With pumpkin dough and a buttery layer of pumpkin spice sugar, this moist Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cronut by is perfect for the fall, a rainy day, or a bright sunny day–okay, pretty much anyday. Who doesn’t love pumpkin spice?

Time to make: 1 hr 20 mins


for the dough

  • 3/4 cups milk, warmed
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • Canola oil for frying

for the caramel sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • 3 tsp butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

for the sugar

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves


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