Cheater Kouign Amann Recipe

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Every now and again I like to share a “cheater” recipe… A quick simplified version of a wonderful classic recipe that takes a lot of time and effort to make.

I believe there are certain dishes worth spending hours to cook. However, most of us don’t have hours (or in some cases days) to spend on a single dish.

It’s just not practical.

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In some cases there are ways to mimic the best qualities of said time-consuming dishes so we can all enjoy them.

Ergo the cheater recipe.

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A couple months ago, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Paris cooking and eating. While in Paris, I sampled french pastries on a daily basis, including the famed Kouign Amann. A sugar-coated croissant variation that is usually rolled or folded into little circular crowns.

After taking a croissant making class (which was very fun, by the way) I felt I fully understood why hardly anyone makes croissants at home.

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Fresh hot croissants straight out of the oven are amazing. Uh. May. Zing.

Yet the classic preparation would take a total of three days to complete. You make the dough on the evening of the first day, and chill overnight. Fold in butter sheets and rest on the second day. Cut and roll the croissants on the evening of the second day. Then bake on the third day after they’ve had time to rise.

See? Who has time to do that?!

Making Kouign Amann from scratch would require the same kind of dedication.

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I just can’t fathom setting aside the time to do it, especially this time of year. Yet hot sticky Kouign Amann would make a marvelous treat on Christmas morning!

What to do… What to do.

Make a Cheater Kouign Amann Recipe instead!

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Start by cutting thawed puff pastry sheets in half. Cut one-half into squares and the other half into strips.

Dip the squares in melted butter and then press one side in sugar. Lay the squares sugar-side-up on little pieces of parchment paper.

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Dip the strips in butter, then dip in sugar. Roll the strip loosely into spirals, and place them in the center of the puff pastry squares.

Then pick up the parchment paper squares and place them in the wells of a muffin tin.

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Press the pastry sheets down to fill in the wells. Don’t worry about messing them up…

Puff pastry has a way of fixing itself in the oven.

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Then bake!

As the puff pastry rises, the butter and sugar create sticky layers on the inside and crusty folds on the outside.

Heaven. Pure heaven. Even without the 3 day process.

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Let me be clear, my Cheater Kouign Amann Recipe can’t compete with Fresh from-scratch Kouing Amann with its seemingly endless sugar folds.

Yet, they do capture the taste and texture of real Kouign Amann, and are always welcomed at my house.

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With just 3 ingredients, it’s worth giving this Cheater Kouign Amann Recipe a try!

They are a marvelous addition to Christmas or New Years Day breakfast.

Happy Holidays!

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Cheater Kouign Amann Recipe

Yield: 16

Cook Time:15 minutes

Total Time:20 minutes

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Cheater Kouign Amann Recipe - A simple quick french Kouign Amann pastry recipe for new cooks and those in a hurry. This is a wonderful treat for holidays.


  • 1 box frozen puff pastry, 2 sheets thawed
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut out 16 - 5 inch parchment paper squares. Flour a work surface, lay the puff pastry sheets out, and roll the puff pastry sheets to remove the fold lines.
  2. Cut a puff pastry sheet in half. With one half, cut eight even strips. With the other half, cut eight equal squares. Repeat with the second puff pastry sheet.
  3. Dip the squares in the melted butter. Press one side of each square in sugar and lay each square sugar-side-up on its own parchment paper square. Then dip each strip in butter. Press one side of each strip in sugar and roll into a loose spiral. Place a spiral on top of each square.
  4. Lower the parchment paper squares into the wells of a muffin tin. Press each piece down to fill out the wells. Then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 16, Serving Size: 1 roll

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 217 Calories
  • Total Fat: 15.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.3g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 213mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18.3g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Sugar: 7.8g
  • Protein: 3.1g
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25 comments on “Cheater Kouign Amann Recipe

  1. Julie @ Table for Twoposted December 18, 2015 at 7:33 am Reply

    AHHH I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! I was just in Paris last month and had a kouign amann and I read online how long it takes to make and said, no way! I LOVE this cheater recipe!!

  2. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 18, 2015 at 8:40 am Reply

    Those look so good and sound so nice and easy!

  3. Cathy Farringtonposted December 18, 2015 at 9:36 am Reply

    Just wondering; can the prep be done the night before?  I’d love to make these for my residential clients, but would not have time Christmas morning to do much more than pop into the oven…

    • [email protected]posted December 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm Reply

      Hi Cathy, Yes! Just cover them and pop them in the fridge until morning. They may take a few more minutes in the oven, since they’ll be cold. I’d say 30-35.

  4. Amyposted December 18, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply

    I’ve never seen these before, they are beautiful.

  5. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 18, 2015 at 10:53 am Reply

    Can’t wait to try these! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  6. Marla Meridithposted December 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm Reply

    I love how these look like roses!! Gotta try!

  7. Mariaposted December 18, 2015 at 8:59 pm Reply

    You had me at crusty sugar-crusted rolls!

  8. Gaby Dalkinposted December 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm Reply

    love the concept of a “cheater” recipe. and these look pretty too!

  9. Cathyposted December 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm Reply


  10. Barbaraposted January 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm Reply

    This is my kind of pastry. And now easy too. Yummy.

  11. FALposted January 11, 2016 at 12:49 am Reply

    what size muffin pan did you use,,,,regular or mini?……thank you for your response

  12. Shelley Harrisonposted January 11, 2016 at 10:48 am Reply

    These look amazing! Would cupcake papers work? Or is parchment paper necessary? Thank you!

  13. Dawnieposted January 11, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

    I love puff pastry…but there’s no way to get 8 small strips from one side and then 8 large aquares from the other side of equal size. It doesn’t make sense. When you slice the puff pastry in half….one side isn’t going to be bigger than the other side. It’s just not possible, sorry.

    • Dawnieposted January 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm Reply

      Never mind, the rest of the pictures finally loaded showing how the sheet was cut. Now I get it. Can wait to try these!

  14. Farriposted January 12, 2016 at 2:10 am Reply

    Ma sha allah, Nice easy and yummy,in sha allah I will try this recipe as soon as possible.

  15. Janeposted January 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm Reply

    I made these today. Lovely. Next time I can picture them with some marzipan spread on the rolled up strips. Yum!

    Rating: 5
  16. K.posted January 22, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply

    I made these for breakfast today and they were delicious! I used 1 teaspoon of maple syrup poured over the buttered pastry in the muffin tin instead of the sugar, though. It worked perfectly! Not quite as crispy, but the maple syrup helped to create the caramel layer at the bottom. Thank you for a recipe that I will definitely make again! 

    Rating: 5
  17. Cathyposted March 21, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply

    So easy and so GOOD!!! It really helped to have photos showing how to cut the puff pastry, etc.  Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Rating: 5
  18. Auntiepatchposted July 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm Reply

    I love these! They look like little roses!

  19. Joe Chenposted April 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm Reply

    Has anyone tried this? Results? Comparison? I’m addicted to the real thing – need something to hold me over until i can get it again…

  20. Mae Lynnposted May 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm Reply

    OMG! You are fabulous! You have transformed a 3-Day tedious recipe into a 45 minutes ‘Fast & Furiously’ delicious piece of cake! I love it! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
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  22. Annposted March 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm Reply

    I made these! Very easy. Not as good as homemade of course, or the ones Trader Joe’s used to sell. But pretty darn good and very decadent. I did find that the sugar tended to clump a little (again, still darn good!)

    Rating: 4.5
  23. Kitchen Stichenposted April 30, 2018 at 12:59 pm Reply

    I made these and filled them with fresh lemon curd. delicious. Only suggestion: freeze lemon curd into little rounds or plugs first to prevent boil out