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Easy Chocolate Chip Croissant Casserole Bake

What happens when buttery croissants, chocolate chips and a creamy egg mixture meet an overnight french toast casserole? Only the best easy chocolate chip croissant casserole that’s what! Small batch and freezer friendly!

This chocolate breakfast croissant casserole is great for Christmas, Valentine’s day or Easter morning, especially since it only takes 10 minutes of prep AND you can do it all the night before! WIN!

Did I mention this easy breakfast casserole is finished this with an easy Nutella drizzle?

Love a great breakfast bake? Try these other family and reader favorites: Chocolate Bread Pudding, Overnight Cinnamon Crunch French Toast, and Chocolate Monkey Bread.

Square of Chocolate Chip Croissant French Toast with spoon drizzling nutella on top
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Chocolate Chip Croissant Casserole

What do you make on Christmas morning? For years, I would get up really early and bake up these soft, pillowy Cinnamon Rolls for our family.

But the older I get, the more I want something I can assemble the night before and pop in the oven with the same drool-worthy results! Enter this easy Chocolate Croissant Baked French Toast!

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Sweet Croissant Breakfast Casserole Ingredients

  • Baked Croissants*| I used 6 large croissants, you could also use mini baked croissants, buy a 10-13 oz package. Tear or cut and allow to sit on a tray to dry out before using.
  • Cream Cheese | I used full fat for mine, you could use Neufchâtel as well
  • Sugar | I always use all natural cane sugar in my cooking and baking, white refined sugar may be used.
  • Brown Sugar | adds a bit of caramel-y depth with the molasses
  • Eggs | I use large eggs in my baking, typical for most baked goods, but medium or XL for this recipe should work just fine.
  • Vanilla | A good quality vanilla extract is a must, I actually used my homemade Bourbon Vanilla to make this extra special
  • Whole Milk | This is not a low-cal breakfast, so go all out and use full fat milk (it’s better for you anyway!)
  • Heavy Cream or Half & Half | Not fat free
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips | Use a good quality chocolate chip
  • Nutella | totally optional, but my boys went bonkers of a drizzle of Nutella on top in place of syrup

*NOTE | These are NOT unbaked crescent rolls, but are baked French croissants, readily available in the bakery section of your grocery store.

Process shots for Croissant Bake 1. torn baked croissants in baking dish. 2. Croissants sprinkled with chocolate chips 3. Adding eggs to cream cheese mixture. 4. Adding sugars to cream cheese mixture

How to make Chocolate Chip Croissant Casserole

  1. Lightly spray a 9×9 or 8×8 casserole pan with baking spray (or double the recipe and put in a 9×13 baking pan). Tear (or chop) croissants into pieces and place in prepared pan, they should raise above the top of the pan slightly. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top.
  2. In a mixer or with a hand mixer beat cream cheese, sugars, eggs, salt and vanilla in a medium bowl until creamy and well blended. Add milk and cream, mix until combined.
  3. Pour egg mixture evenly over croissants. Cover with plastic wrap and lightly press croissants into mixture, assuring they are all covered. Allow to stand for 20 minutes or refrigerate over night (my preferred method).
Process Shots for Chocolate Chip Croissant French Toast 5. Adding milk to mixture. 6. adding vanilla extract. 7. pouring egg and cream cheese mixture over casserole. 8. Covered with plastic wrap

How to Bake Chocolate croissant baked French Toast

Preheat oven to 350F degrees, remove French Toast from fridge and allow to come to room temp while preheating the oven.

Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until set in center, serve warm.

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Preparing Nutella Drizzle

If desired, place 3-4 tablespoons of Nutella in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 20 seconds, stir, if needed heat for another 20 seconds, drizzle over the top of the Chocolate Croissant Baked French Toast.

Spoon drizzling runny Nutella on top of a square of Croissant Chocolate Chip french toast

Ways to Serve Baked French Toast

  • With a little drizzle of Nutella (see above)
  • A little pat of butter and drizzle of pure maple syrup
  • A simple dusting of powdered sugar
  • With fresh fruit sliced on top and a dusting of powdered sugar
  • Serve warm! No matter how you serve it!

Why is my French Toast Casserole Soggy?

French toast becomes soggy when your dairy to egg ratio is too high, you want the inside to be like a bread pudding with the tops browned and crispy.

With this recipe, you should not have soggy French Toast Casserole, as the ratios are balanced. If it is soggy, don’t worry, bake a bit longer until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Can I Freeze Chocolate Chip Croissant Bake?

Absolutely, I love dishes I can make ahead and freeze! In fact, many times I make two, freeze one! Be sure to package it air tight, it will last 3-6 months in the freezer.

Should I freeze french toast casserole before or after baking?

You can do either way, however; I prefer to freeze unbaked. If you freeze after baking and reheat, it won’t puff up quite as nicely and may be a bit more dry.

FB Image with spoon drizzling Nutella on a square of chocolate croissant french toast.

How to Bake Sweet Croissant Breakfast Casserole After Freezing

Remove the breakfast casserole from freezer and remove any plastic.

Re-cover with foil and place frozen pan (make sure your pan is safe from freezer to oven) directly into oven and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, removing foil after first 20 minutes.

Bake until a tester in the center comes out clean and topping is golden brown.

What is the best type of Bread to use for Baked French Toast Casserole?

Well, since this recipe is specifically using croissants, a croissant are perfect!

However; in general, and you can always replace breads in any baked french toast casserole, BRIOCHE is the best bread to use, stale even better.

I typically cut or tear into cubes and lay out on a tray while assembling the rest of the ingredients.

I have also had great success using French or Italian bread, again if it’s dry or a bit stale it will actually bake up even better.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, please pop below the recipe and comment!

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Square of Chocolate Chip Croissant French Toast with spoon drizzling nutella on top
Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy Chocolate Chip Croissant Casserole Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

What happens when buttery croissants, chocolate chips meet an overnight french toast casserole? Only the best easy chocolate chip croissant casserole that's what! Small batch or double for more mouths!

Ingredients

  • 6 large Croissants (baked)* | about 5 cups (loose) worth
  • 1 8 oz Cream Cheese | I used full fat for mine, you could use Neufchâtel as well
  • ¼ cup sugar | I use all natural cane sugar, white refined sugar may be used.
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract | I used bourbon vanilla extract (yum!)
  • 1 cup Whole Milk | 2% may be used too
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream or Half & Half | Not fat free
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 6 oz (half a package) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips | Use good quality chocolate chip
  • 2-4 tablespoons Nutella | totally optional, but my boys went bonkers of a drizzle of Nutella on top in place of syrup

Instructions

  1. Lightly spray a 9x9 or 8x8 casserole pan with baking spray (or double the recipe and put in a 9x13). Tear (or chop) croissants into pieces and place in prepared pan, they should raise above the top of the pan slightly. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top.
  2. In a mixer or with a hand mixer beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl until creamy and well blended. Add milk and cream, mix until combined.
  3. Pour egg mixture evenly over croissants. Cover with plastic wrap and lightly press croissants into mixture, assuring they are all covered. Allow to stand for 20 minutes or refrigerate over night (my preferred method).
  4. Preheat oven to 350°, remove French Toast from fridge and allow to come to room temp while preheating the oven.
  5. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until set in center, serve warm.
  6. If desired, place 3-4 tablespoons of Nutella in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 20 seconds, stir, if needed heat for another 20 seconds, drizzle over the top of the Chocolate Croissant Baked French Toast.

Notes

*NOTE | Use baked croissants NOT unbaked crescent rolls

Ways to Serve Baked French Toast

  • With a little drizzle of Nutella (see above)
  • A little pat of butter and drizzle of pure maple syrup
  • A simple dusting of powdered sugar
  • Top with berries and powdered sugarServe warm! No matter how you serve it!

Why is my French Toast Casserole Soggy? See post for how to fix soggy french toast.

With this recipe, you should not have soggy French Toast Casserole, as the ratios are balanced. If it is soggy, don't worry, bake a bit longer until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

May be frozen (before or after baking) | Be sure to package it air tight, it will last 3-6 months in the freezer. I prefer to freeze unbaked. If you freeze after baking and reheat, it won't puff up quite as nicely and may be a bit more dry.

To Bake from frozen: Remove from freezer and remove any plastic coverings. Re-cover with foil and place frozen pan directly into oven and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, removing foil after first 20 minutes. Bake until a tester in the center comes out clean and topping is golden brown.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 561Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 310mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 3gSugar: 45gProtein: 11g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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