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These easy Gruyère Croissants are just what every dinner table needs. We’re skipping the 3-day process and making croissants start to finish in under 2 hours with zero stress. By skipping multiple folds and chill times and using plenty of butter, we’re able to create the perfect light, buttery, super soft in the middle, and extra flaky outside, croissant. These are YUMMY. Perfect for the holidays when served warm with sweet, salted cranberry honey butter.

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Every holiday table, Thanksgiving or Christmas, needs a roll. Most years, and especially for Thanksgiving, I make my honey butter parker house rolls. Everyone loves them and they’re easy.

But this year I wanted a croissant – but not the work of making croissants, so I cheated. And while technically these aren’t classic croissants, you can see from all the layers that they’re going to be GOOD.

So call them cheater’s croissants or whatever you like, but they’re now my favorite.

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If you’ve ever ventured to make croissants, most recipes are a 3-day process. Way too much work if you as me. I just can’t do that.

Instead of multiple folds, chill times, and rise times, we’re basically skipping all that by using super thin slices of butter, layered throughout the dough.

It’s simple. But before you get confused, let’s get into the details.

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The details

Start with the dough. Simply mix flour with instant yeast and a pinch of salt. I use instant yeast to keep the rolls really quick and easy so we don’t need to worry about rise times.

That said, you can easily use regular yeast too. I gave directions within the notes. But I actually think the instant yeast works wonderfully for this particular recipe.

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Next, add warm milk, a touch of honey, and salted butter. Then lots of grated Gruyère cheese. Mix until smooth, and let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes or even a few hours. The dough will not get super puffy, but that’s OK since we’re using instant yeast. We get to skip an entire hour-long rise time, which is helpful for holiday meals and busy nights!

Shaping the croissants are fun. First, roll the dough out into a rectangle, then layer the top of the dough with thin slices of cold butter.


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All capitals are needed because the cold butter is how we will create layers of flaky deliciousness throughout the dough. The butter is folded, then rolled into the dough. Try to keep the butter as cold as possible. I like to freeze my sticks for 15 minutes, then slice and use.

Fold the dough once, roll it out, then roll it out once more. Rolling the dough twice helps to really distribute the butter into the dough.

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Now roll the dough out once more into a super long rectangle, then cut into long, thin triangles. Top each triangle with more Gruyère cheese and roll it right on up and into a croissant shape.

This ends up actually being a pretty fun process if you enjoy baking. And if you don’t enjoy baking, at least it’s not stressful. Nothing here needs to be done perfectly!

Now that the croissants have been formed, I stash them in the freezer to chill the butter before baking. Just 15-20 minutes is all you need!

Brush the croissants with an egg just before baking, then bake away!  I shot as many photos as possible to help you see the process. I created a video too.

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The cranberry butter

While the croissants bake, I mix up a cranberry butter using salted butter, dried cranberries, and honey. It’s so delicious slathered over each savory, cheesy croissant.

Especially when topped with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

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What I love most about these croissants is that you really can’t mess them up. The dough and process are so easy and very forgiving. They’re SO GOOD every time, because, how can anything layered with butter and Gruyère be bad? It just can’t.

Make these for Thanksgiving. They’re perfect for soaking up all that gravy and then eating for breakfast the next morning. There’s nothing not to love.

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You can also make these ahead of time, then bake just before serving. Or, if you need to be conscious of oven space, pre-bake these a day ahead of time, then just warm them up before serving, no oven needed.

Again, flaky on the outside, soft, buttery, perfectly sweet, and cheesy inside with so many delicious, buttery layers.

What every dinner roll should aspire to!

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Looking for other holiday bread recipes? Try these.

Salted Honey Butter Parker House Rolls

Perfect Popovers with Cranberry Butter

Pull-Apart Garlic Butter Bread Wreath

Swirled Garlic Herb Bread

Salted Rosemary Popovers with Honey Butter

Parmesan Popovers with Crispy Sage Garlic Butter

Lastly, if you make these Easy Gruyère Croissants be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Easy Gruyère Croissants

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
rest time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings: 14 croissants
Calories Per Serving: 428 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Cranberry Honey Butter


  • 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Add 1 cup of cheese. Mix with a fork to combine.
    2. Pour in the warm milk, honey, 1 egg, and butter. Using the dough hook, mix until the flour is incorporated, 4-5 minutes. If the dough seems sticky, add the remaining 1/4 -1/2 cup of flour. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or up to a few hours at room temperature.
    3. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, creating a large rectangle that’s about 12×18 inches. Layer the thin slices of cold butter down the middle 1/3 of the dough, creating a rectangle of butter (see above photo).
    4. Fold 1/3 of the dough over the butter, then fold the other 1/3 over top of the first layer so you have 3 dough layers (like an envelope). Roll the dough out again into a large rectangle, fold into thirds.
    5. Next, roll the dough out in a large, long 25×9 inch rectangle (it does not need to be exact/perfect). Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife cut the dough into 14-16 long triangles, about 3 inches wide. Sprinkle each triangle with the remaining cheese. Roll the croissants up. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 2-3 inches apart. Cover and freeze 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can let the rolls sit in the fridge overnight.
    6. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Brush with the rolls with the beaten egg. Bake the croissants for 16-20 minutes, until deeply golden. Serve the croissant warm, with cranberry butter and sea salt
    7. To make the cranberry butter. Combine the butter, cranberries, honey, and a pinch of salt together in a small bowl.


To Make Ahead: prepare the rolls through step 5. Do not let the rolls rise at room temp. Cover the rolls and place in the fridge (up to overnight). When ready to bake, remove the rolls from the fridge 30 minutes prior to baking, then bake as directed. 
To Prepare and Freeze: assemble the rolls through step 5, then cover the pan and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw the rolls overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours. Once thawed, bake as directed. 
To Bake and Freeze: bake the rolls as directed and let cool completely. Cover well and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and warm before serving. 
To Use Active Dry Yeast: Mix 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast with the warm milk and honey. Let sit 5-10 minutes, until bubbly and foamy on top. Add the flour and follow the directions as listed for the remainder of the recipe. 
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  1. Just made these tonight as a test run for a Friendsgiving next week to serve with a butter board! Let me say, even with my rectangle not being as pretty, these turned out great and would not have needed a test run! Although I’m glad I did. I used Swiss tonight as Aldi didn’t have Gruyère but I will buy that at Trader Joe’s for the real meal and hope the flavor will be even better. Thank you!

    1. Hi Linda,
      You can mix with a wooden spoon and then knead by hand until you have a soft dough ball. Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  2. Love the look of these croissant-style rolls. Think they’d be epic with soup or stews too as cheesy rolls. X

  3. 5 stars
    I tried these because I was lucky enough to work from home on Election Day, and man, they are EXACTLY as forgiving as you say! I let the dough rise on the counter for most of my working day and froze them a bit longer than you suggested and used a mixture of Gruyère, smoked cheddar, and Parmesan because that was what I had in my fridge. Delicious and beautiful and genuinely easy! Thanks for a successful dish that my family and I enjoyed!

    1. Hey Ashley,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback! xx

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      No need to make any adjustments, you can follow the recipe as written:) Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT

      1. Hi, I’m wondering if you’ve tried these with gluten free flour? I know it’s tricky with breads and pastries but these look so so good I’d love to give them a try 🙂 thanks!

        1. Hey Emily,
          I’ve not tested this myself, but you should be okay using an equal amount of gluten free flour like Bob’s Red Mill. Let me know how the recipe turns out, I hope you love it! xx

  4. I have a concern about your metric conversion tool. It said that 3 1/2-4 cups of flour was over 900 grams. It is calculating both the 3 1/2 and the 4 together which could really mess up people who enjoy using the ease of weighing ingredients.

    1. Hi Katie,
      Thanks so much for pointing this out! I always recommend that you use your own personal calculator to double check:) Ours is automatic and controlled by google. It’s not something we’d prefer to be using. We are required to. I’m sorry for the trouble, we do our best! Hope you enjoy the recipe! xT

  5. I want to try both Gruyère version and making these plain. Would you up the salt in the recipe if I’m omitting the cheese or keep it the same? Thank you for this recipe! Love croissants, hate the process so I’m excited for these! 🥰

    1. Up the salt if you make them plain- even with the cheese my only complaint was that the salt was a bit muted in the dough itself.

    1. Hi Jen,
      You are sprinkling the sea salt over the warm croissants. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT

  6. I can never seem to find the video for the recipes I’m making. Do you make a video for every recipe? You mentioned that you made one for these croissants, yet I can’t find it. I clicked on VIDEO but that’s as far as I get.

    1. Hi Fran,
      Sorry, I do not have a video for each and every recipe, but I have a lot of videos on IG for recipes. You can view this recipe on IG stories today! xT

    1. Hey Michelle,
      You can view the video on my IG stories today and then I will upload it here soon! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xT

  7. Is it possible to eliminate the cheese but continue with the recipe and follow the same steps and achieve flaky quick croissants

    1. Hey Bryn,
      Yes, you can definitely skip the cheese:) Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  8. 5 stars
    These mini croissants look absolutely delish but this is where I’d following the honey butter recipe and buy the croissants from Lidl to save time and money. So far, the cost of your beautiful holiday menu has exceeded my budget by $150.00 in total meal prep. This year, the inspiration most certainly wows, but the cost and availability of goods is far too extravagant for me and my family. Nonetheless we will enjoy a six course mail with a free turkey fromShopRite, baked sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, bagged stuffing, gravy from the bird, store bought rolls, homemade cranberry sauce and pumpkin mousse. All for under $200.for six people. I wish you and yours a fabulous holiday, T. Keepin it real.

    1. HJR-you must be on the east coast with access to Lidl. Love your idea of using their croissants because they are legit the real thing!!!! I might do the same, then grate a little gruyere on top, warm them in the oven and make the cranberry butter. I want to try to make the croissants myself, but I don’t think I have it in me with all the other food prep. Happy Turkey Day from Northern VA.

    1. Hi Charlotte,
      You can view the video on my IG stories today! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT