Buttery crescent rolls surround a rich chocolate hazelnut filling in this delightfully easy recipe for Nutella crescent rolls!
Chocolate Nutella crescent rolls
I found your new favorite Sunday breakfast.
Flaky crescent roll crust is spread with a thick layer of Nutella then rolled up into a classic bakery-style sweet chocolate pastry that melts in your mouth.
Serve them hot from the oven to overnight guests, or as part of a fancy weekend brunch, and everyone will be impressed!
Homemade Nutella filled crescents are the ultimate breakfast comfort food.
You may also like this Chocolate Mug Cake
Delicious flavor ideas
Banana Cinnamon: Place a few banana slices or one small piece of banana lengthwise at the widest part of the crescent dough. Roll up and bake. While hot, sprinkle the chocolate banana crescent rolls with cinnamon sugar.
Chocolate Strawberry: Add finely diced strawberries to the dough. After baking or frying, top with melted chocolate and optional freeze dried strawberry powder.
Cheesecake: For Nutella pastries that taste like a chocolate cream cheese Danish, add a thin layer of cream cheese on top of a thin layer of chocolate hazelnut spread.
Peanut Butter Cup: This is one of my favorite variations. Substitute half of the Nutella in the recipe with creamy or crunchy peanut butter or almond butter.
Double Chocolate Chip: Sprinkle regular or mini sized semi sweet or dark chocolate chips over the crescent roll dough and Nutella.
S’mores: Press a few mini marshmallows on top of the chocolate layer before rolling up. If desired, sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top. Hello, Nutella s’mores!
Raspberry: Add a thin layer of raspberry jam or fresh mashed raspberries, and the chocolate dessert will remind you of a Godiva raspberry truffle. You may use this same idea to make chocolate blueberry, cherry, pomegranate, or blackberry rolls.
Chocolate Coconut: Make your own mini Mounds bar Nutella rings by sprinkling on a handful of shredded coconut before rolling the dough up.
Chocolate Orange: Sprinkle the zest of one orange on top of the chocolate hazelnut filling. Garnish the finished rolls with additional orange zest.
Nutella crescent rolls recipe video
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How to make the recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dessert
This is one of my favorite Nutella recipes, because it is so simple to make.
And it is also great for anyone with an extra package of crescent rolls on hand who is looking for crescent roll dough recipe ideas.
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Open the can of crescent dough, and break at the seams to form triangles. Or if using homemade pastry dough, cut it into thin triangles.
Place the dough on a baking sheet. For easy and less messy clean up later, I recommend lining the tray with parchment paper.
Spread about two teaspoons of the chocolate hazelnut spread onto each pastry.
If you wish to add toppings, sprinkle them on at this time as well.
Roll up the dough, either starting at the wide or thin end, to form crescents.
Bake the recipe on the center rack of the oven for twelve minutes.
While they are baking, you can carefully melt a bowl of chocolate chips if desired. Once the chips are melted, stir in a teaspoon of oil for a smoother sauce.
Drizzle each finished Nutella pastry with melted chocolate if you wish, then garnish with optional powdered sugar while the Nutella desserts are still warm.
Eat hot, then store leftovers in an airtight container on the counter. These Nutella rolls are great for bringing to parties or events, because they need no refrigeration.
Serve them for New Year’s brunch, Christmas breakfast, or as a Valentine’s Day dessert. At under 120 calories each, they are lovely any time of year!
Nutella crescent roll ingredients
The recipe calls for just two ingredients.
Any homemade or store bought chocolate hazelnut spread works here, including vegan brands. I like to use my own Homemade Nutella Recipe.
For a dessert that tastes like a bakery chocolate croissant, you can swap out the Nutella for a plain chocolate spread or chocolate almond butter.
You can buy unbaked crescent rolls in the refrigerated section of most mainstream grocery stores or at locations like Target, Wegmans, and Whole Foods.
I like to use Trader Joe’s Organic, Immaculate Baking, or Annie’s because they do not contain hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, or preservatives. Many brands, including Pillsbury, are accidentally vegan.
If you feel ambitious, make your own dough instead of buying refrigerated crescent rolls. For gluten free Nutella crescent rolls, use a gluten free crescent roll dough.
Puff pastry or gluten free puff pastry can be substituted for the crescent roll dough. To make puff pastry Nutella twists or triangles, spread each sheet with Nutella. Then follow the baking instructions on the package of puff pastry.
Air fryer Nutella croissants
If you prefer to use an air fryer instead of heating up an oven, here’s how to make the recipe in an air fryer machine.
Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit as you prepare the crescent rolls.
Place the rolls in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space between each roll. Depending on the size of your machine, you may need to do this in two batches.
Cook for five minutes or until golden.
- 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls (8 oz)
- 1/3 cup Nutella or Homemade Nutella
- optional chopped hazelnuts, powdered sugar, or melted chocolate chips for garnish
- see above for additional flavor ideas
Preheat the oven to 350 F. (There is also an air fryer baking method included above.) Break the dough at the seams to form triangles. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread about two teaspoons of Nutella onto each triangle, then add any optional toppings of choice. Roll up into crescents. Bake 12 minutes or until golden. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate and powdered sugar. Store leftovers in a covered container. These Nutella crescent rolls do not need to be refrigerated.View Nutrition Facts
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