FoodWhip up simple 3-ingredient croissants for effortless elegance

Whip up simple 3‑ingredient croissants for effortless elegance

Crescents from three ingredients. I make them when guests are on the way, and the fridge is empty.
Crescents from three ingredients. I make them when guests are on the way, and the fridge is empty.
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1:32 PM EDT, May 2, 2024

Are you looking for a quick and delightful dessert recipe? I've got just the thing for you: croissants made with three ingredients! These crisp and aromatic pastries will impress everyone, even on their own, without filling.

Wondering how to whip up delicious croissants for surprise guests with an almost empty fridge? Here's a recipe for croissants that will astonish you with their taste and the simplicity of their preparation. Let's explore how three simple ingredients can create a uniquely delightful treat.

How to make three-ingredient croissants?

Preparing these croissants is unbelievably straightforward. Mix flour, cold butter, and sour cream, knead the dough, let it chill, shape the croissants, and then bake. You might want to add your favorite filling, such as Nutella or jam, but be careful not to add too much to prevent it from leaking out while baking.


  • 1.65 pounds of flour,
  • 10.6 ounces of thick cream,
  • 8.8 ounces of cold butter.


  1. Combine the flour and cold butter, then incorporate the sour cream. Knead until you achieve a consistent and smooth dough. Shape this dough into a ball.
  2. Encase the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour to cool.
  3. Once cooled, divide the dough into four equal parts. Roll out each part into a thin layer and cut into 12 triangles. Roll each triangle from the wider end to form the croissants. Bake in an oven preheated to 356 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

Additional tips:

  • If desired, replace the cream with homogenized cheese and butter with margarine, though using butter will yield tastier results.
  • Store croissants in a dry, cool place inside an airtight container to keep croissants fresh longer.
  • These three ingredient croissants are an excellent choice for a hassle-free dessert or when you need to use up leftover dough.
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