Cheat Nutella Croissants (Gipfeli)

I loveee Nutella. LOVE it. Seeing as today is none other than world Nutella day I thought how better to celebrate such a momentous occasion than by baking something with a dollop of the good stuff inside.

So here’s what I did. I made croissants. Actually, they’re more like the Swiss-German version Gipfeli which have a slightly crispier crust and are less buttery than the French croissant – but don’t jump to conclusions! These pretty little pastries are by no means the ugly cousin.

So even though these are a lazy man’s cheat version of the almighty croissant, when they’re on the table in 30 minutes, who could complain?


  • Nutella
  • 1 sheet/ packet of ready-made puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten


Preheat oven to 220°c.

On a lightly floured surface carefully roll out the puff pastry to the thickness of 1cm.

Using a ruler, cut out a stencil of a triangle (made from either cardboard or parchment paper) with the base measuring 9cm, and the sides measuring 10cm.

Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, use the stencil and cut the dough. Brush one side of each triangle with the beaten egg, and place half a teaspoon of Nutella near the base of the triangle. Roll the pastry by starting at the base, tucking it under around the Nutella so it doesn’t try and escape during cooking. Your Gipfeli should finish with the point of the triangle on the outside middle. Turn the ends in slightly to make a half moon shape.

Place the Gipfeli on a prepared baking sheet and brush with egg. Bake for around 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Makes 8 perfect breakfast pastries.


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