3 Ingredient Nutella Cruffins

Nutella Cruffins are a delicious combination of croissants and muffins with a rich Nutella filling in every bite. It only takes 3 ingredients to whip up this flaky, buttery pastry loaded with chocolate hazelnut filling.

by Ioana

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Nutella Cruffins on a wooden board

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It’s crazy how something so simple can be so amazingly tasty. You’ve got to try them – they’re a simple, yet total crowd-pleaser!

Who will ever guess that with only 3 simple ingredients, you can create such a delicious marvel? Our Nutella Cruffins are a testament to the beauty of simplicity.

Just like my no-knead cinnamon rolls, these easy Nutella muffins are easy to make, yet they yield a delightful combination of flavors and textures to impress you and your guests.

No Yeast or Rise Time is Required

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy dessert, right? Whether you’re craving something sweet or expecting guests, this recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

And let’s be real – using store-bought dough is a total lifesaver, especially when you’re short on time.

So, here’s the deal with this speedy cruffins recipe: it uses puff pastry dough, making it super easy and fuss-free. It’s like bringing a mini breakfast party to your taste buds!

Trust me, this is going to transform your morning routine or satisfy that sweet craving in no time.

Just wait until you get a whiff of these beauties baking in the oven – your kitchen will smell amazing! 

And don’t be surprised when these golden brown cruffins disappear as soon as you serve them. Everyone will love them!

nutella cruffins cut in half to show texture

Reasons For Loving This Chocolate Cruffins Recipe

  • Irresistible Nutella Filling: The Nutella in these cruffins is a sweet, creamy delight that’s impossible to resist. It’s a chocolate hazelnut lover’s dream.
  • Easy: You’ll adore these quick cruffins for their simplicity. With only three basic ingredients, they’re a breeze to make.
  • Perfect Textures: These cruffins contrast the crisp, flaky pastry layers outside and the gooey Nutella filling inside. 
  • Versatile: Whether you enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, these Nutella Cruffins fit any occasion. 
  • Homemade: There’s something special about enjoying a homemade pastry. These Nutella Cruffins make you feel like a pastry chef in your kitchen and are perfect for sharing with loved ones.
  • Warm and Fresh: When you bake these muffins at home, you can enjoy them warm and fresh out of the oven, making the experience even more delightful.
  • Kid-Friendly: Kids and adults will fall in love with these Nutella Cruffins. They’re a crowd-pleaser that will bring smiles to the faces of all who taste them.
  • Perfect for the Holiday Season: These Nutella Cruffins make a wonderful addition to your holiday baking repertoire. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, New Year’s, or any festive occasion, these cruffins will add a touch of sweetness and warmth to your holiday spread, making them a beloved tradition for your family and friends.

What are Nutella Cruffins?

Nutella cruffins are a delicious pastry that combines the features of both croissants and muffins. The word “cruffin” is a portmanteau of “croissant” and “muffin.” These sweet treats are made by rolling croissant dough into a muffin tin and filling it with Nutella or other fillings. They are then baked until golden brown and have a flaky, croissant-like texture on the outside, while the inside is soft and filled with Nutella, creating a delightful combination of textures and flavors.

After baking, the Nutella inside melts and becomes gooey, while the outer layers become crispy and golden. You can also sprinkle powdered sugar or drizzle additional Nutella on top.

Nutella cruffins are a delightful treat for anyone who enjoys the rich, hazelnut-chocolate flavor of Nutella combined with the buttery flakiness of croissants. They are a popular pastry in bakeries and can be made at home for a special breakfast or dessert.

nutella cruffins in a muffins tin with sugar sprinkled on top


First off, you’ll need frozen puff pastry dough, a cup of that irresistible Nutella, one large egg for that perfect golden finish, and some powdered sugar for a sweet, snowy topping.

  • Puff Pastry- This type of laminated dough expands as it bakes, creating the perfect fluffy and flaky texture. Make sure to thaw the puff pastry according to the instructions on the package. You’ll need 2 sheets of dough.
  • Nutella – This is the key filling for these pastries. Feel free to adjust the amount of Nutella to suit your taste. More Nutella will result in a richer filling.
  • Powdered Sugar – Sprinkle on top for extra sweetness.
Nutella Cruffins Ingredients

How To Make Nutella Cruffins

Now that we know all the ingredients to create the best and easiest sweet treat recipe, let’s start cooking.

Initial Preparation

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and ensure it reaches the desired temperature before baking.

Grease the Muffin Pan: Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, ensuring the cups are well-coated. This prevents the cruffins from sticking to the pan.

greasing the muffin tin

Prepare the Dough: Unroll each sheet of puff pastry dough and gently roll it out on a lightly flouerd work.

Spread Nutella: Spread 1/2 cup of Nutella (or more!) evenly, leaving a small border around the edges.

spread a thick layer of nutella on each piece of dough

Shaping The Cruffins

Starting from the long end of the rectangle, roll up the dough into a log, enclosing the Nutella filling.

roll the dough into a long log

Cut into Shorter Logs: Cut each rolled dough log into 3 equal parts to create shorter logs.

cut the dough into 3 parts

Slice Lengthwise: Take each of these shorter logs and slice them in half lengthwise, resulting in 6 pieces per sheet.

Repeat the process with the other two sheets of dough. This should give you a total of 12 pieces.

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Shape the Cruffins: Take each piece and wrap it around your finger, forming the shape of a muffin with the layered side facing out. This creates the distinctive cruffin shape.

shape the dough in a muffin shape

Baking Chocolate Cruffins

Place in Muffin Pan: Arrange each shaped cruffin in the greased muffin pan, then brush them with egg wash.

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brush with egg wash

Bake the cruffins for about 18-20 minutes on the middle rack of the preheated oven. To ensure even baking, rotate the muffin pan halfway through baking.

Once the cruffins are baked and have a golden-brown exterior, remove them from the oven. Generously sprinkle each cruffin with powdered sugar to add sweetness and a decorative touch.

baked nutella cruffins in the muffin tin view from the top

Watch this quick step-by-step video to see exactly how easy it is to make these delicious Nutella muffins!

YouTube video

Essential Tips for Success

  • Preheat the Oven. Ensure your oven is preheated to the specified temperature before placing the cruffins inside. This ensures even baking.
  • Prepare the Pan. Properly grease the muffin pan to prevent the cruffins from sticking. Non-stick cooking spray is recommended.
  • Evenly Spread Nutella. When spreading Nutella on the dough, aim for an even layer, leaving a small border around the edges to prevent it from oozing during baking.
  • Roll Tightly. Roll the dough tightly to encase the Nutella filling completely. This helps prevent the filling from leaking out during baking.
  • Shape Carefully. Take your time shaping the cruffins to resemble a muffin shape, with the layered side facing out. This step contributes to the cruffins’ unique appearance.
  • Bake and Rotate. Keep an eye on the cruffins while baking. Rotate the muffin pan halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning.

Topping Ideas

  • Additional Nutella Drizzle: After baking and cooling slightly, drizzle a little extra Nutella over the cruffins for a rich chocolate hazelnut finish.
  • Chopped Nuts: Sprinkle chopped nuts such as toasted hazelnuts or almonds for a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.
  • Shredded Coconut: Sprinkle shredded coconut on top.
  • Powdered Sugar Glaze: Instead of plain powdered sugar, mix powdered sugar with a small amount of milk or cream to create a glaze. Drizzle it over the cruffins for a glossy, sweet finish.
  • Cinnamon Sugar: Combine cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle this mixture on the cruffins for a warm and comforting flavor.
  • Citrus Zest: Grate some lemon or orange zest over the cruffins for a burst of citrus aroma and flavor.
  • Melted White Chocolate: Drizzle melted white chocolate over the cruffins for a sweet and visually appealing contrast to the Nutella filling.
  • Sprinkles: Colorful sprinkles or nonpareils can add a fun and festive touch, especially if you’re making cruffins for a special occasion or holiday.
holding nutella cruffins in hand to show texture

How To Store

  • Room-Temperature: Once your Nutella cruffins have cooled completely, you can store them in an airtight container or bag for up to five days.
  • Freezer: Let the cruffins cool completely to room temperature, then wrap each cruffin in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.


If you encounter any issues while making Nutella Cruffins, here are some common troubleshooting tips to help address them:

  • Dough is Tearing. Be gentle when unrolling the dough to avoid tearing. Ensure the dough is at the right temperature for easier handling.
  • Nutella Leaking During Baking. Ensure to leave a small border around the edges when spreading Nutella to prevent it from oozing out. Roll the dough tightly around the Nutella to seal it securely.
  • Uneven Baking. Ensure your oven is fully preheated to the correct temperature before placing the cruffins inside. Rotate the muffin pan halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning.
  • Cruffins Are Dry. Overbaking can lead to dry cruffins. Follow the recommended baking time and be attentive to avoid overcooking.
  • Shape Isn’t Holding. Ensure you roll the dough tightly and securely, so the Nutella filling is well enclosed. Be gentle when shaping the cruffins to prevent them from unraveling.
chocolate nutella cruffins on a wooden board view from top

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Nutella Cruffins

5 from 1 vote
Nutella Cruffins are a delicious combination of croissants and muffins with a rich Nutella filling in every bite. It only takes 3 ingredients to whip up this flaky, buttery pastry loaded with chocolate hazelnut filling.
Author: Ioana
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
12 servings


  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheets 2 sheets, thawed acording to the package instructions
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • powdered sugar for dusting on top


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and ensure it’s ready for baking.
  2. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick spray to prevent sticking.
  3. Unroll the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly floured work surface. 
    1 frozen puff pastry sheets
  4. Spread about 1/2 cup of Nutella evenly on each rectangle, leaving a small border around the edges.
    1 cup Nutella
  5. Roll up each rectangle from the long end to create a log with the Nutella inside.
  6. Cut each log in 3 equal parts to make shorter logs.
  7. Slice each shorter log in half lengthwise to get 6 pieces from each sheet.
  8. Repeat these steps with the other dough.
  9. Wrap each piece around your finger to make it look like a muffin with a layered side on the outside.
  10. Place the shaped cruffins in the greased muffin pan, and brush them with egg wash if you like.
    1 large egg
  11. Bake the cruffins in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes. Remember to rotate the muffin pan halfway through baking for even cooking.
  12. Once the cruffins are golden brown, take them out of the oven. Sprinkle each cruffin generously with powdered sugar for extra sweetness and a nice appearance.
    powdered sugar


You can totally use Crescent Roll Dough to whip up these amazing cruffins! Grab 2 tubes, and you’re good to go. Just follow the same steps as before, and pop them in the oven. Bake them for 18-20 minutes, or until they turn a lovely light golden color on top. It’s that easy – and the result is absolutely delicious!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 nutella cruffin, Calories: 252 kcal, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 16 g, Saturated Fat: 9 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g, Trans Fat: 0.002 g, Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 66 mg, Potassium: 119 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 14 g, Vitamin A: 21 IU, Calcium: 31 mg, Iron: 2 mg

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