Recipe Review

I Tried the Viral Parisian “Crookie” That’s All Over TikTok and Yes, You Should Make It Immediately

published Mar 14, 2024
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Croissant cookie.
Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

Paris is no stranger to a tasty treat. The City of Lights is renowned for its incredible bakeries and their seemingly endless supply of unique recipes like this almond croissant cookie. The best part is you don’t have to visit Paris to try one of the many bakery treats hailing from the city of romance. Macarons, éclairs and crêpes are just a few of the French-born recipes that are menu staples in countless bakeries across the US. 

Lately, however, one Austrian-born flaky pastry has been having a serious renaissance in Paris. Thanks to the novel idea of combining a classic chocolate chip cookie with a freshly baked croissant, foodies everywhere have been chomping at the bit for a taste of this one-of-a-kind Parisian creation known as The Crookie

Whether The Crookie is an ingenious idea or an over-the-top execution is still up for debate, however there is no denying the fact that the controversial treat has completely taken the internet by storm. I love cookies and I love croissants, but do they need to be together? I was eager to find out.

Get the recipe: The Crookie 

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

How to Make The Crookie

Starting with the croissant, you will have a couple of choices to consider before combining it with cookie dough. Using mini croissants will result in a smaller, more palatable bite as compared to using full-size croissants. Being that croissants already boast a rich flavor as is, the addition of chocolate chip cookie dough could put the sweetness factor over the top for some when using a full-size croissant. 

Once you’ve acquired your croissants, go ahead and cut each of them in half from end to end and place them down on a baking sheet face up. Next, place a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough on the open face of one side of each croissant. You can use either a store bought cookie dough, or even better, make one from scratch. 

After you’ve laid out the layer of cookie dough, close the other half of the croissant on top of the cookie dough and proceed to place another layer of cookie dough on the top side of the croissant. You can get creative with this step and use as much cookie dough as you like. Create small little dollops, or spread it out across the entire surface area of the croissant. 

Place each croissant on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place into an oven preheated to 350°F. Bake for about 14 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden brown. When ready, remove the crookies from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before digging in and enjoying a bite of Parisian-inspired goodness.  

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

My Honest Opinion of The Crookie

Personally, I love the idea of this recipe. It combines two treats that I love indulging in and creates one very sweet and savory treat. I was impressed with how gooey the inside of the crookie became after biting into it, and each subsequent bite was just as flaky and food coma-inducing as the last. I can see why this recipe has been so popular as of recently and it has been a lot of fun to witness all of the creations that have spawned from it. 

I will say that the next time I make crookies I am definitely using mini croissants. While I do love the flavor and texture, I found having to eat through an entire jumbo-sized crookie to be too much. I think this recipe is perfect as a bite-sized appetizer to be served when entertaining guests. The croissant would be less than half the size of a normal croissant and you could use way less cookie dough. Not only would it be smaller, but you would probably eat just as much due to them being so darn easy to eat. 

2 Tips for Making The Crookie

  1. Less is more. Take my advice and use mini croissants when attempting this recipe. You’ll have a lot more space on the rack, making it possible to whip up a bigger batch, and each bite will still be jam packed with incredible flavor. 
  2. As always, get creative. Had I not been out of it, I totally would have dusted my crookies with powdered sugar, which visually would have put this recipe right where it needed to be. Otherwise, The Crookie is just begging to be experimented with, so use your favorite cookie dough and see what kind of delicious results you get. 

Get the recipe: The Crookie