Cheat’s Stollen Croissants 2 Ways – quick & delicious!

Cheat's Stollen Croissants 2 Ways - Fab Food 4 AllThe idea for these Cheat’s Stollen Croissants came to me in flash of inspiration the other day. I love Stollen and I love croissants so why not combine the 2 flavours into one I thought! At this time of year there’s usually an ample supply of leftover dried fruits and mincemeat (you can use either) in our cupboards as well as marzipan so this is a delicious way of using them up. However these Cheat’s Stollen Croissants are so good that they are worth buying the ingredients for if you don’t have them to hand!

Cheat's Stollen Croissants 2 Ways - Fab Food 4 AllWhen we think of Christmas there is a picture postcard image that springs to mind, you know “Chestnuts roasting by an open fire” etc but in reality it’s a really stressful time of year with busy mums dashing around trying to juggle all the extra jobs they find themselves having to do. I am so unprepared this year that the tree is still naked, I only just bought Christmas cards yesterday (forgot to buy the stamps), there are still presents to be bought and nothing is wrapped yet. By the time Christmas comes I’m usually ready for a nap! So this is why I think having a fabulous recipe like this is vital to have in your armoury. You can nip off to the kitchen and quickly prepare these for either a fabulous Christmas breakfast or have as part of an afternoon tea spread over the festive period.

Cheat's Stollen Croissants 2 Ways - Fab Food 4 AllMy family loved these Cheat’s Stollen Croissants, they really do taste like something you’d buy in a patisserie but at a fraction of the price! I’m going to rustle up some more on Christmas day for our evening buffet as I know they will go down well!

Cheat's Stollen Croissants 2 Ways - Fab Food 4 All

Pictured is the dried fruit version on the left and he mincemeat version on the right – both tasted equally good!

I do hope you try these Cheat’s Stollen Croissants as I can’t recommend them highly enough! For more recipes using croissant dough you might like to check out the following:

Prosciutto & Grana Padano Croissant Rolls – Farmersgirl Kitchen
Sausage Stuffed Croissants – Farmersgirl Kitchen
Sausage & Croissant Christmas Wreath with Ketchup Berries – Foodie Quine
Sweet & Savoury Filled Croissants – Fab Food 4 All

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If you love Stollen and you love croissants then these Cheat's Stollen Croissants will really hit the mark.. Perfect to rustle up at the last minute your guests will love these delicious croissants!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: German
Serves: 6
  • I tin croissant dough
  • 3 x 1cm slices natural marzipan (from block)
  • 6 heaped tsp mixed dried fruit, sultanas, raisins, currants (soaked in brandy or sherry overnight to plump and drained) or
  • 6 heaped tsp mincemeat mixed with a little brandy or sherry to loosen
  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash
  • icing sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  2. Place a sheet of baking paper on a large baking tray.
  3. Unwrap and unroll the croissant dough and cut along the serrated lines.
  4. Cut the marzipan slices in half and roll out into long sausage shapes a few centimetres short or the longest side of the croissant dough.
  5. Lay the marzipan sausages along each outer edge of the dough triangles (about 1 cm in).
  6. Spread the soaked fruits or mince meat over the dough triangles avoiding the outer 1cm.
  7. Roll up the dough from the marzipan side, bend and tuck the ends of the dough under the middle of each croissant and place on baking tray.
  8. Brush each croissant with egg wash.
  9. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 13 - 15 minutes.
  10. Cool on a wire rack and then dust with icing sugar.

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  1. Janice

    I love a nice easy recipe, especially round about Christmas, the busiest time of the year! These look so good and they will be on my list for this festive season.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, yes one needs all the short cuts at Christmas and these are so good:-)

  2. Richard Eldred Hawes

    An excellent idea and one that I will try very soon

    1. Camilla

      Great Richard, they are so moreish:-)

  3. Margaret gallagher

    Oh these would go down a storm in our house
    Loving your “cheat” guide -will save loads of time

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margaret, yes they were totally yummmy:-)

  4. Amy Fidler

    gonna make these for valentines day x

    1. Camilla

      Fab Amy and you’ve just reminded me I need to use up my last tin of croissants:-)

  5. Amy Fidler

    These would be great for my next coffee morning x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy, definitely:-)

  6. A S,Edinburgh

    What a delicious idea! They look very pretty, too.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I became slightly addicted LOL;-)

  7. Richard Eldred Hawes

    I love stollen, all these need is a little more marzipan, I love marzipan

    1. Camilla

      Me too, there was plenty:-)

  8. William Gould

    My picky-eater wife dislikes marzipan, dried fruit and mincemeat! lol I love them all though. We do both eat a lot f croissant! – Don’t forget an original Stollen doesn’t have marzipan in it, but we as a nation only seem to eat the marzipan added version…

    1. Camilla

      Well then this is the perfect recipe for you William, you could leave your wife’s ones plain and jazz up your ones:-) Yes I remember having Stollen without the marzipan but as a half Danish marzipan addict that just won’t do for me:-)

  9. volcanopete

    I will have to try these they look so yummy.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they are so delicious:-)

  10. Heather Haigh

    They look incredibly tempting but not too tricky at all 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they really are fab-)

  11. Leila Benhamida

    Look so delicious and easy to make. Will definitely spoil my family over the festive periods. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Leila, I’m taking some to a party tomorrow:-)

  12. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    Any excse to eat more marzipan and more mincemeat is fine by me and your croissants look so perfect, in fact they’d be ideal for Xmas morning if I find all the necessary ingredients at this crazy time of year!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Laura, I’m with you, the more marzipan the better:-)

  13. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Oh what a clever idea! The best kind of European Union between France and Germany 😉

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jeanne, yes I never thought of that LOL:-)

  14. Dom

    such a simple yet clever idea… I adore marzipan and these are a great way to eat it!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dom, I am the worlds No 1 marzipan addict so if I can get into into any recipe I will-)

  15. Katie Bryson

    This is inspired Camilla… I’m definitely going to get the ingredients in and have a go!!!! I’ve been wondering what to make for our festive breakfasts over the holidays and this is perfect. I can just imagine tucking into a warm one with a lovely milk coffee.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie, that does sound like a fab idea, even though I don’t drink coffee:-)

  16. Kavey

    Love a clever use of cheats ingredients! Love the croissant stollen combo!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, I have a theme going this month don’t I:-)

  17. Chris @thinlyspread

    I totally and utterly need to make these as soon as possible!

    1. Camilla

      You really do Chris! I’m also now thinking of making pinwheels with them to take to a party:-)

  18. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    These look delicious! I will make these with my leftover Christmas cake fruit

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jo, excellent:-)

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