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Homemade Orange Cream Filled Croissants

These Homemade Croissants are made with a simple pastry dough and filled with a creamy orange cream cheese filling. Perfect as a Breakfast or snack recipe.

croissant on a white board with sliced orangesOrange Croissants

Believe me, there is nothing like a Cappuccino and a Cornetto (croissant) in the morning in Italy. One of my favourite breakfasts to wake up to.

But making a traditional Croissant is a bit of a process, so I decided that a simple pastry dough would be a good alternative.

orange cream cheese filling for croissants
The Orange cream cheese filling.


It’s actually a recipe my mother had. You may think they look a lot like crescent rolls and I guess I could have called them that but she called them Croissants so I will too.

croissants how to make making the dough, filling and rolling

And why not fill it with a simple orange cream cheese filling? These baked up fast and easy and were not only a good choice for breakfast, but also snack or dessert.

As the Italian said “this pastry dough is perfect”. Yeah it was pretty good!

More Delicious Pastry Recipes

Homemade Cinnamon Apple Strudel

Easy Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish

Pastry Baked Cannoli with two Fillings

Homemade Yogurt Crescent Rolls

orange cream cheese filled baked croissant on a white board

What is the traditional dough for Croissants?

Croissants are made with a layered dough leavened with yeast.

The dough is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times,  then it is rolled into a sheet, and cut and formed into croissants.

This results in a layered, flaky texture very much like puff pastry.

Some (me included) like to make a fast and easy croissant using store bough puff pastry. You can easily fill it with some hazelnut cream filling or your favourite jam.

And believe it or not France is not the inventor of the Croissant but Austria!

croissants on a white board dusted with powdered sugar

Delicious ways to Make a Croissant

  • Add an apple pie filling, mix up some chopped apples, cinnamon and a little butter.
  • Add some chocolate chips or chopped chocolate.
  • If you love Nutella just add a teaspoon or two.
  • You could also turn these into a savory croissant and make a ham and cheese crescent.
  • Or a little Pancetta and Parmesan cheese.
orange cream cheese filled baked croissant on a white board

How to Store these Cream Cheese Filled Croissants

Because these pastries are made with Cream Cheese it is advisable to refrigerate them if they are to be left out for more than 1-2 hours. Be sure to wrap them well before refrigerating.

I didn’t have to, because they were gone in 30 minutes.

So when you are looking for a quicker way to make a Homemade Croissant, I hope you give these Orange Cream Cheese Filled Croissants a try, and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

up close cream cheese croissant

Homemade Orange Cream Filled Croissants

Rosemary Molloy
These Homemade Croissants are made with a simple pastry dough and filled with a creamy orange cream cheese filling.  Breakfast or Snack perfect.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 croissant
Calories 169 kcal



  • cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • cup butter (salted)
  • cup milk** (more or less)


  • 4 ounces cream cheese (full fat / softened)
  • 3 tablespoons powdered / icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

**I used 2% milk and 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup to bring my dough together.


    • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C), line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.


    • Make the filling first, beat the cream cheese, sugar and zest until combined and creamy, set aside.


    • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt, then add the butter and combine to form coarse crumbs (you can use a fork or food processor).  Add the milk a little at a time until you have a slightly sticky dough. 
    • Form the dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured flat surface and knead about 10 times until smooth.  Divide the dough into two parts. Roll one part at a time into a 8-9 inch (20-22 cm) circle, cut into 6 wedges.
    • Place a teaspoon or 2 of the orange filling about 1/2 inch from the top of the wedge, roll the wedge down from the wide end to the pointed bottom to form a croissant or crescent shape.
    • Place rolled pastries on prepared cookie sheet, brush the croissant with the egg wash (be sure to brush underneath the rolled part of the croissant also so it all sticks together and it doesn’t open while baking).  Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until golden.  Let cool then dust with powdered sugar.  Enjoy!


    • In a small bowl beat together the egg and milk.


    Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 156mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg
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    1. Hi. In your recipe you wrote 1 3/4 cups of flour is 240 grams. I’m sorry that’s incorrect. 240 gum of AP is 2 cups.

    2. Haven’t made yet….sounds delicious……are you using orange zest in a jar or the actual zest off an orange…thanks!!!

    3. I just found this site. Wow! I want to try so many of these recipes! Ever thought of making an almond anise biscottis? Will return to this site with reviews. Thank you for all these ideas!

    4. 5 stars
      This looks really delicious! I can’t wait to try this. This is perfect for my brother’s birthday celebration today. I’m sure he and his guests will love this for snacks.

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