Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate Croissant)

Nuvita Biscuits

Everybody in France seems to eat croissants daily, especially pain au chocolat. Some prefer a thin slice of chocolate folded into the dough, we like a big bar. No matter how much you put inside, it should be very good quality.


  • 1 tbsp. yeast
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups plus 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, barely softened, plus 3 tbsp., melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp. powdered milk
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 18 ½”-wide x 3″-long bittersweet chocolate bars
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp. water, for egg wash


Stir together yeast and ½ cup water heated to 115° together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in milk, sugar, 3 tbsp. melted butter, powdered milk, and salt; add flour. Mix on medium speed until a stiff dough forms, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a work surface and form into a thick square; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. Place remaining butter on a sheet of plastic wrap; cover with another sheet. Using a rolling pin, pound and shape butter into a 6″, ½″-thick square; set aside. Using rolling pin, roll dough into an 16″ square on a lightly floured work surface. Unwrap butter square, and place on dough so its corners line up with the middle point of each side of dough square; fold dough corners over butter so they meet in the center. Roll dough into a 12″ x 9″ rectangle, and then tri-fold dough like a letter. Roll the dough into a 12″ x 9″ rectangle and repeat folding. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill for 30 minutes. Repeat rolling and folding dough twice more; chill for 1 hour.

3. Roll dough into a 20″ x 14″ x ¼″ thick sheet; halve lengthwise. Cut each half into about 9 triangles, about 3 ½″-wide at their base; cut a ½″-deep slit in the middle of each wide base. Place 1 chocolate bar parallel to the base near the cut; holding the tip of the opposite corner down, roll the base over the chocolate toward the tip until it forms a tight roll. Place croissant on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, tip side down, and brush with egg wash. Repeat with remaining triangles, bars, and egg wash. Let croissants sit until doubled in size, about 2 ½–3 hours.

4. Heat oven to 375°. Working with one baking sheet at a time, brush croissants with more egg wash; bake until deep golden brown, about 20 minutes.



Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Johnky J on Feb 12, 2013

    hey, I was wondering if you guys know a good recipe for pain au chocolat (chocolate croisant) I would really like to learn how to make one from scratch

    thanks alot

  2. posted by HASTHEANSWERS on Mar 16, 2013

    Need to budget in advance to make sure I have enough!

  3. posted by Superman on Mar 18, 2013

    I have a project to do on Belgium and one of the questions is to design 3 meals (breakfast lunch & dinner) that is typical in the country. I’ve found different answers on the internet, so I’m not sure what to use.
    So what do people in Belgium eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

  4. posted by Kristian on Mar 21, 2013

    Hi (=
    Any information about the french food choices and eating/serving habits
    would be a HUGE help. Thank you so much

  5. posted by Daniel on Mar 25, 2013

    Do you like cake? brownies? What do you like to spoil yourself with?

  6. posted by Xbox360king on Mar 26, 2013

    For school we have to make somthing which includes standard components.
    Im planning on making croissants but with what sauce ?
    is chocolate sauce a SC ?
    are there any other suggestions … anyone ??

  7. posted by Scorch Delta-62 on Mar 26, 2013

    Pick the one which you prefer to consume:

    Croissant or Pain au Chocolat
    Butter or Margarine
    Strawberries or Raspberries
    Toast or Plain Bread
    Lemonade or Orangeade
    Dark Chocolate or White Chocolate
    Smooth Orange Juice or Orange Juice with Pulp
    Vanilla Ice cream or Chocolate Ice cream
    Scrambled eggs or Fried Eggs
    Cherry Pie or Pork Pie
    Black Coffee or Creamy Coffee
    Corn Flakes or Special K
    Tortilla Chips or Walkers Crisps
    Blueberries or Blackberries
    Peas or Broccoli
    Mashed Potatoes or Baked Potatoes
    Apples or Pears
    No, dude, you pick the one out of the pair.
    Whoever gets the same answers as me, will get the 10 points.

  8. posted by norrin_shadowwolf on Mar 26, 2013

    I need ideasa

  9. posted by Sriram R on Mar 26, 2013

    I am going to france on sunday and i want to know what i should buy that is cheaper than here in england ? x

  10. posted by Orbit on Mar 26, 2013

    i like to try new weird things. I was in heaven when I found chai chocolate, rose hip chocolate, lavender in chocolate, chillies in chocolate.. But recently I found french bread in chocolate bar and haven’t tried it yet but that is absolutely beyond my comprehension..
    I never imagined bread in a chocolate bar.
    Is it good? what area is it common in?

  11. posted by mr flibble on Mar 26, 2013

    and a good cup of french-roast coffee in the morning?

  12. posted by shahrukh on Mar 26, 2013

    im thinking to make home made unsalted butter for my brownies. what is the easy way?

  13. posted by zigg3ns on Mar 26, 2013

    I am making lemon bars. I went to the store and bought a few things. I needed unsalted butter and accidently grabbed “unsalted sweet butter.” It’s so stupid. Not sure why the “sweet” part couldn’t be the same font size as the “unsalted” and “butter” The word “sweet” was so small I obviously didn’t notice and grabbed it. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of unsalted butter. Should I go back and return the butter or will I be fine?? What’s the difference?

  14. posted by Beavis on Mar 26, 2013

    I am baker and i am making a professional research.
    thanks from now on!

  15. posted by sethburger on Mar 26, 2013

    I know its cream, sugar, cinnimon, vanilla and then optional things acccording to taste. Stale bread I’ve heard but don’t know how important it is. Our Chef uses stale french baguettes….I don’t need a detailed recipe, just an idea of ingredients……
    thank yous…
    Erica is kinda hot!
    Plumdump….send your recipe to my email, please and thank you….

  16. posted by Jeff on Mar 26, 2013

    My mum used to buy these pain au chocolat home kits that I really want to find again. They came in carboard tubes with metal ends, and included pre rolled dough and chocolate sticks for the filling – basically, you just cut the dough up (it had dotted lines and all), placed in the chocolate, folded it all up and put it in the oven. It was really great for kids, but more importantly they were the best pain au chocolat I’ve ever tasted, and I lived in Paris for six months. Does anyone know the product name/where I could find them? I’ve looked EVERYWHERE and can’t find even what they were called :( Any help would be appreciated, thank you!

  17. posted by skychi99 on Mar 26, 2013

    I was wondering why a recipe for scones would call for unsalted butter *and* salt. Why not just use salted butter?

  18. posted by Arminator on Mar 26, 2013

    Hye please tell me about the items of bakery and confectionery which can be found in every hotel and restaurent of france or any european country.
    Mainly in france.

  19. posted by ibjammin44 on Mar 26, 2013

    What would some of the best plates be?

  20. posted by Armas on Mar 26, 2013

    Has any other countries have their own traditional breakfasts?

  21. posted by JackReynolds on Mar 26, 2013

    Native french speakers only :-)

    thanks in advance!

    5 stars for the best answer

  22. posted by Pacman on Mar 26, 2013

    I’ve been cooking for almost 45 years, and I’ve automatically ignored “unsalted butter” as an ingredient thinking it can’t make that much difference and I can’t afford to buy 2 kinds of butter.
    Recently I did use unsalted butter in 2 recipes. Didn’t notice any difference.

  23. posted by Death Knight on Mar 26, 2013


    “Pain Au Chocolat” or “Croissant aux raisin” something like that anyway…


    It’s not “Of” becuase isn’t that – “De,Da and D’??”

  24. posted by Franklin Bluth on Mar 26, 2013

    What are those things that taste and look like croissants but have chocolate in them?
    What is there proper name? Its paunachocular or something lol.

  25. posted by Sophia C on Mar 26, 2013

    For my French class, I’m making Raspberry Pain au Chocolat (Raspberry Chocolate Croissants).

    I have everything for the recipe expect for the Nutella. I couldn’t find it anywhere. I went to 3 stores. I don’t have time to go to another store. I have to make these Tuesday & bring it in Wednesday.

    My question is; Is there anything I can put in there & subsutite it for the Nutella ? & will it taste any different ?

    Thanks in advance !! :)
    Would Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup work ?

  26. posted by Lachlan on Mar 26, 2013

    E.g. After eating blablabla… I could not resist a coffee.

    Please could you also give me some good “french” breakfast foods, that are not the same in english

    e.g. un croque monsieur

    Native speakers only please!!

    Thank you very much =)

  27. posted by Kevin on Mar 26, 2013

    OK, as a French, I am inevitably the best baker (LOL). Croissant, pain au chocolat, crème brûlée, madeleine, éclair… are French.
    BUT, as a USA Lover, I would like to know your best chocolate chip cookies recipe, and your secret family tips !
    American cookies are very popular here, as well as brownies or cupcakes (recently). We also have your cheecakes (Philadelphia is new here), Haägen Dazs ice creams, Starbucks’ drinks and so on. Don’t worry, the French like America very much and are still very attracted by your fantastic country.
    So, remembering Rochambeau and D-Day , I am waiting for your best recipe ever !
    Merci beaucoup à nos amis américains, bonjour de la Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) !

  28. posted by lets roll on Mar 26, 2013

    I am taking french this year,, and we have to each make or buy something french. I wanted to do something easy and just buy a treat that kids/teens love to eat in france (besides american things)
    so if you’re from France and know or have been to France many times, or just know what they like to eat, PLEASE help me!!! It is due very soon!!!

  29. posted by Oilers on Mar 26, 2013

    i have to go to Paris for 2 weeks in January
    i want to have an estimate of how much i would need to spend daily.
    (1) in Macdonald, how much is a hamburger, soft drink, set meal..?
    (2) prices in fast food shop?
    (3) food eg: water, sandwich, instant noodles, cup noodles, cup soup, chocolate bars… supermarket, grocery store,….?
    (4) i will live in a hotel but no meals provided, but can cook in the kitchen, i am in a budget, so any suggestions of what i should buy (the cheapest way) to eat, i can use microwave and i am not sure if there is any stove for cooking.
    (5) suggestions of my breakfast, lunch and dinner (cheapest)?
    (6) prices of daily stuff: shampoo, cleansing liquid, tissue paper, …………………
    (7) fares of train, subway, bus
    (8) others that i could not think of in this list
    taxi fares?
    easy to catch a taxi?

  30. posted by Jason on Mar 26, 2013

    Tous les matins il achetait
    Son p’tit pain au chocolat
    La boulangère lui souriait
    Il ne la regardait pas

    Et pourtant elle était belle
    Les clients ne voyaient qu’elle
    Il faut dire qu’elle était
    Vraiment très croustillante
    Autant que ses croissants
    Et elle rêvait mélancolique
    Le soir dans sa boutique
    A ce jeune homme distant

  31. posted by Xbox360king on Mar 26, 2013

    i need names of french pastries for a project…and their french names.
    (with accents) please and thankyouu!

  32. posted by Melanie on Mar 26, 2013

    It’s the middle of the night and I just got done eating half a bag of those small milk chocolate eggs, and now I have heartburn, bad gas, and feel really nauseous. How can I get through this without having to puke??
    lol, I burped a second ago, and I’m feeling a little bit better.

  33. posted by Ssshhhh Im becoming aroused on Mar 26, 2013

    I know mothers day is a few weeks away.But im saving up right now so i can buy her something. What should i buy her? any great ideas?

  34. posted by Andre on Mar 26, 2013

    I know frogs legs and snails but what are the more normal foods they eat?

  35. posted by brincks26 on Mar 26, 2013

    Hi, I will be in Paris for 2 1/2 days and my last day is just a morning. I leave at 12:30pm for London and I would like to use that morning wisely because time in Paris is limited. I want to spend from 8 to 11 in Montmartre, including going to the Sacre Coeur. Is this enough time?

    P.S. I am leaving from Gare du Nord

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