What’s a cruffin? This fun pastry is a croissant-muffin. Learn how to make these cute, bakery goodies at home and dairy-free with only a few simple ingredients! The texture is flaky with all of those layers we all love about croissants, and the shape is similar to a muffin. They’re even baked in a muffin tin for super easy mess-free clean up! Make these easy cruffins without the folding, making the butter block, laminating dough and hours of chilling that croissants typically require. Using one simple, magic ingredient: store-bought puff pastry!
Ingredients and Equipment Needed:
- Puff Pastry
- Melted vegan margarine or unsalted butter
- Cinnamon, cardamom or pumpkin spice (optional)
- muffin pan
- rolling pin
- pizza cutter or sharp knife
How To Make Dairy-Free Cruffins
This easy cruffin recipe could NOT be more simple! This recipe uses puff pastry instead of making laminated dough/croissant dough ourselves. Simply roll out the puff pastry into a long rectangle. Spread on the melted vegan butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar mixture (if using). Slice into 8 equal strips with a pizza cutter or sharp knife and roll each one up like a cinnamon roll. Place into the cups of a non-stick muffin tin, and bake in your preheated oven until golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (if using) and then remove from muffin tin and transfer to cooling rack to prevent the cruffins from sticking to the pan. You could also use parchment paper muffin liners if you don’t want any mess.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Does a Cruffin Taste Like?
A cruffin tastes just like a croissant! Buttery, flaky and if you like, sweetened with whatever sugar and spice mixture you like. Cinnamon or cardamom sugar is great, and in the fall I love doing pumpkin pie spice!
What Are Cruffins Made Of?
These cruffins are made of dairy-free puff pastry dough, vegan butter, sugar and cinnamon.
Can Crescent Rolls Be Used as Puff Pastry?
Crescent rolls are different than traditional puff pastry. They don’t have as many flaky layers. However, you can still make this recipe using crescent roll dough, knowing the result will be more like crescent roll flavour and texture than croissant.
Where Do You Find Dairy-Free Puff Pastry?
Look for a puff pastry that is shortening-based. I use the Marque Maison brand that comes frozen, and then I put it in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for a few hours to thaw. It can get a bit sticky so make sure you have some flour (I used pastry & bread flour) to dust your work surface and the puff pastry dough as needed.