Pain Au Chocolat – The Cheater Version

When I was growing up, one of my favorite treats was the chocolate-filled croissant from Vie De France bakery at our local mall.  When I moved to Michigan, I was sad to realize that the Vie De France chain did not have any stores in the area. So I quickly realized I’d have to come up with an easy substitute.

I was so excited when I realized it was so easy to replicate that taste. And even though this isn’t something we eat very often, it sure makes a wonderful treat.

What really sweetens this treat is when I’m able to find croissants on sale at the grocery store.

Every once and a while I’ll stock up on the clearanced croissants if there’s enough. They freeze just fine and we really enjoy having them on hand for a treat.

This really isn’t a recipe as much as a method. But it’s a method a highly recommend!


Pain Au Chocolat ~ or ~ Chocolate-Filled Croissants

  • 4 -6 Croissants
  • 1 c. chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 t. butter
  • Powdered sugar for garnish, optional

1. Split croissants in half and fill each with a few tablespoons of chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, until chocolate is melted.


2. In a small bowl, combine remaining chocolate chips (at least 1/4 c.) with 1 t. butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave an additional 10-30 seconds, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Drizzle over the croissants and garnish with powdered sugar, if desired.

Pain Au Chocolat is traditionally a breakfast food, but we like to eat these croissants for dessert. They’re so easy and so good, and they make a really nice presentation to serve guests.


One of these days I’d love to make croissants from scratch. It seems like an intimidating process though. I’ve found some great recipes lately and I’m working on building up the courage. For anyone braver than I, here are a few on my list.