This came to me on a complete whim, took some stumbling and revisions, but people…

ZERO folding, absolutely no chilling in between, UTTERLY FLAKEY AND SHATTERING CRUFFINS (croissant + muffin = it’s a thing) MADE WITH PASTA MACHINE !

I don’t know what else you need to hear about it.  Seriously.  Go now.  Do it.


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Yield: 8 cruffins


  • 150 grams (1 cup + 1 tbsp) bread flour
  • 150 grams (1 cup + 1 tbsp) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp (6 grams) instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp (11 grams) salt
  • 130 grams (1/2 cup) luke-warm water + 30 grams (2 tbsp) for adjustment
  • 50 grams (3 1/2 tbsp) unsalted butter, soften and cubed
  • 165 grams (11 1/2 tbsp) unsalted butter, room-temperature


  1. 2 hours before starting the dough, leave 165 grams (11 1/2 tbsp) unsalted butter on the counter for it to completely come to room-temperature.
  2. In a stand-mixer bowl with dough-hook (or large bowl with hand-held mixer with dough-hooks), whisk together bread flour, all-purpose flour, instant dry yeast and salt until even. Add 130 grams of luke-warm water (around 95F/35C) and knead on low speed for 3 min. The dough should be slightly shaggy and stiff, but if it has difficulty coming together, add the additional 30 grams (2 tbsp) of water and knead again. Then add 50 grams of cubed, unsalted butter and knead on low speed for 5 min until completely incorporated. Then increase to medium speed and knead for another 10 ~ 15 min until the dough is extremely smooth and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 40 ~ 45 min at room-temperature. It should expand slightly.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, and divide into 4 equal portions. Work with 1 portion at a time and cover the rest loosely with plastic wrap. Dust the dough with just enough flour so it doesn't stick, then roll it into 1/3" (1 cm) thickness. With a pasta machine at its thickest increment, feed the dough through the machine once, then feed it back again but this time, overlap 1 end of the dough over the other and run the seam through the machine so it sticks/connects tightly together. You should have a continuous ring of dough going through the pasta machine like a conveyor belt. This saves you the trouble/time of re-feeding the dough back into the machine after each increment.
  4. Now dust both the inner/outer side of the dough with a bit of flour, then start running the dough through the machine, continuously, until you reach the thinnest increment (should be paper-thin). Gently avoid any crinkling or folding of the dough during this process, laying it neat and flat on the counter. Now cut the dough loose where it's close to the machine, then run to release the dough from the machine.
  5. The dough will be very long, so you may need to cut it in half, and keep it unfolded and laid flat on the counter. Now with your fingers, gently rub a thin layer of the room-temperature butter (has to be very soft but NOT MELTED) evenly across the dough, extending all the way to the edges. Do this to both sections of the dough if you had to cut it in half. Just keep in mind that this is a 1/4 of the entire dough and you should use up 1/4 of the butter. Once finished, start rolling the dough from one end to the other, as tightly as you can, into a firm log. Place the log on one end of the other buttered section of dough, and roll it up again. Now, cut the log in half length-wise with a floured knife, then with the cut-side facing outward, twirl it into a semi-knot and tuck the ends underneath itself (*do not make them too tight, because they need a bit of room to expand*). Place the knots inside buttered muffin-pan. Repeat the process with the other 3 portions of the doughs and butter.
  6. If you are doing this the day before, you can wrap the entire muffin-pan with plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge at this point. If not, cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and let proof at room-temperature for 2 ~3 hours until fully doubled in size (it may need a couple hours more if it was chilled before hand). Bake in a preheated oven at 400F/200C, for 25 min until puffed and golden browned (I didn't bother with egg-wash because they are gonna be dusted with powdered sugar, but you can if you want). Let cool slightly on a cooling-rack, then dust with powdered sugar.


Strongly recommend measuring the ingredients by weight.

This recipe lands slightly on the savoury note. If you want it to be sweet, reduce the salt to 1/2 tsp, then add 2 tbsp of sugar to the dough-mix. Then instead of powdered sugar, you can roll the cruffins in sugar all around.



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  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker

    April 4, 2015 at 11:48 PM Reply

    OMG Mandy. I never thought I could want a pasta machine however the thought of not trying this would be a sin! Seriously I love your culinary skill and thank you once again for bring a bit of carb happiness to the world.

    • Ro

      February 23, 2021 at 4:55 AM Reply

      That was quite impressive. I’ve made croissants before and the wait between turns always kills me. Who knew you can have laminated dough in a few hours!! I have to say I have a love hate relationship with my kitchenaid pasta attachment and I was very frustrated with it. But at the end I was able to hide the imperfections from my dough sheets and no one would know!! It was difficult to spread the room temperature butter on the very delicate paper thin sheets so I ended up having to melt the butter a bit and use a brush to apply the butter. I put my dough in the fridge overnight and baked the next day after having left it on the counter for a few hours. The resulting cruffins were flaky and buttery. I like how the muffin cups don’t let the escapee butter run away from the pastry. I will probably try the sweeter version of the dough next time. It was a bit salty for my taste. But adding powdered sugar and microplaned dark chocolate balanced the salt. Thank you for sharing your genius idea!

  • June Burns

    April 5, 2015 at 12:06 AM Reply

    Wow that is a terrific idea! I would love one of these for breakfast, mmm :)

  • Kelsey M

    April 5, 2015 at 12:09 AM Reply

    Wow I never thought I could use a pasta machine that way! I can’t wait to try this out!


  • emma

    April 5, 2015 at 12:21 AM Reply

    do u think spreading chocolate on them before folding would work?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 5, 2015 at 1:08 AM Reply

      Emma, i think you will have to do it very sparingly, or you’ll end up with way too much chocolate?

      • baschwar

        April 16, 2015 at 6:38 AM Reply

        I’d maybe roll a strip of chocolate or some crushed chocolate bar in the middle of the first roll and call it good.

    • Alice

      January 10, 2016 at 8:16 AM Reply

      I grated on some dark chocolate with a microplane and it turned out beautifully :)

      • Emily

        October 28, 2016 at 10:12 AM Reply

        AGH wish i saw this before baking these! Pain au Chocolats are my favorite and I feel like these are a little lacking, though I have made croissants before and that is my comparison. Next time I will def be microplaning some chocolate onto them.

  • Magda

    April 5, 2015 at 12:24 AM Reply

    This is amazing, you are amazing!! I will try this, for sure, as soon as I get a pasta machine ;)

  • Susan

    April 5, 2015 at 12:26 AM Reply

    Genius! I am making these ASAP!

  • Linda

    April 5, 2015 at 12:27 AM Reply

    Beautifully written precise, well executed recipe! Makes me want to pull out my old pasta machine.

  • Meg

    April 5, 2015 at 1:01 AM Reply

    OH MY GOD. This is genius!
    I really enjoy reading your blog.

  • Joy

    April 5, 2015 at 1:44 AM Reply

    I can’t wait to try this, but could you explain what you mean by “Place the log on one end of the other buttered section of dough, and roll it up again”? I’m having a hard time visualizing what to do after rolling it up the first time….

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 5, 2015 at 2:29 AM Reply

      Joy, sorry for the confusion. So because the rolled out dough is very long, mostly like you won’t have enought counter space. So you cut it in half, butter both “sections”, then after you roll up the first section, just place it over the second, and roll again. Does that make sense?

      • Joy

        April 6, 2015 at 3:17 AM Reply

        Yes, perfect! Thank you!

  • Thea @ Baking Magique

    April 5, 2015 at 2:32 AM Reply

    This is genius! Unfortunately I don’t think it would work with a spelt or gluten free dough but I still enjoy looking at the pictures and being amazed by those flaky layers. Good job Mandy! :)

    • Graham

      June 6, 2015 at 1:34 AM Reply

      If you’re looking for a solution that is good for gluten-sensitive people, you might try flour made from heritage wheat. It’s a bit more expensive, but apparently it tastes great and is tolerated well by gluten-sensitive people. Start looking at Sunrise Flour Mill, whose founder was having gluten-related health issues before he started growing his own heritage wheat. (

      • Read

        August 27, 2017 at 2:25 PM Reply

        No, absolutely not. Heritage wheats are not tolerated by gluten-sensitive people. Some people who think they’re sensitive to gluten may instead be sensitive to wheat, and some of them will be ok with older varieties of wheat. But the gluten in old wheats is just as much of a problem for people sensitive to gluten as the gluten in new wheats.

        I suspect this would work fine with white spelt flour, especially if you can find refined spelt flour for bread.

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    April 5, 2015 at 2:56 AM Reply

    OMG. These are INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!

  • ellie | fit for the soul

    April 5, 2015 at 3:00 AM Reply

    Um wowwww this is so amaaaaazing, girl!!!! I’m both mad and happy about it because I can’t believe I never thought of it or tried this method before….Also, it’s so beautiful and a fun excuse to use the pasta maker, weee!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    April 5, 2015 at 3:02 AM Reply

    Whoaaaaaa what a fabulous pastry for the weekend! This looks mad delicious. Awesome creation!

  • Leigha @ The Yooper Girl

    April 5, 2015 at 3:18 AM Reply

    Absolutely GENIUS! Finally something to do with my pasta machine other than make pasta.. although that’s what it’s made for ;) And, girl, obsessed with your pictures!!

  • Dulcistella

    April 5, 2015 at 3:22 AM Reply

    Aaaaaahhhhhh it’s a procedure similar to that you need to make “sfogliatelle ricce”, a very famous and suuuuuper tasty neapolitan pastry!!! You ARE a genius, really! Have a look:
    at the end of each link you have a video… It’s really typical, if you ever go to Naples please taste some!
    (On the other hand, I hate you a little bit (but only a little bit), because I was really waiting for your cruffins and now… I discover you need a pasta machine :-( I’m in Germany now and I don’t have all my stuff… I feel…. naked… and I’m only at the beginning!!)

  • Pang

    April 5, 2015 at 4:56 AM Reply

    Mandy!!!! You are such a genius!!!! <3 <3 <3

  • Rebecca@Figs and Pigs

    April 5, 2015 at 5:41 AM Reply

    These look magnificent and you make it seem so simple with a pasta machine great idea.

  • Judy

    April 5, 2015 at 5:49 AM Reply

    I’m with joy- still can’t quite picture what you are doing after you roll up 1 log with the butter. Do you make a thicker log by rolling the two pieces together? That doesn’t sound right. Maybe you could show a picture of what you mean by that step. Sorry to be dense about this, but I am planning on making these. I made your layered rolls with crushed peanutds before and they were the most amazing thing, so I have a feeling if I can figure this out, this will be a really mind-blowing technique for me to learn. Thank you!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    April 5, 2015 at 6:16 AM Reply

    This is genius! And as always beautiful.
    I love you work Mandy, congratulations on the saveur nomination.

  • Sara

    April 5, 2015 at 6:17 AM Reply

    Well, it’s official. You are a genius! Speechless.

  • Rob Chambers

    April 5, 2015 at 6:31 AM Reply

    Your are the Madame Curie or Thomas Edison of Food. A true visionary and a century ahead of your peers. The world is a much tastier place with you in it:) Thanks for marrying so many cuisines and making the approachable and truly delectable.

  • Molly Doughvelopment

    April 5, 2015 at 10:05 AM Reply

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. In total shock at how genius this is!!

  • Caryn @ hungrymusings

    April 5, 2015 at 10:24 AM Reply

    This looks amazing! I’m so in love with your blog <3

  • Marissa | Pinch and Swirl

    April 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM Reply

    YOU! It’s a thing.

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    April 5, 2015 at 11:29 AM Reply

    YES to everything about this post. Mandy you are a genius!

  • sara

    April 5, 2015 at 3:29 PM Reply

    oh wow! what an unbelievably great idea! that’s amazing

  • emma

    April 5, 2015 at 4:17 PM Reply

    I am making it right now, what i dont get, how do i get to make 8?? since u divided into 4 and makes 4 right?? how do i make 8?? Thnx

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM Reply

      Emma, you divide the dough into 4 portions (even though you might need to cut the rolled out sheet in half because it’s too long, you still roll it back together into 1 log, see the diagram), then each portions make 2 cruffins. 4×2=8 :)

  • Kelsi | Savour the Sweet

    April 5, 2015 at 5:48 PM Reply

    Holy crap. This is genius. I think you just totally changed the croissant world for the better.

  • emma

    April 5, 2015 at 5:52 PM Reply

    So, now that i left them to rise, some of my notes. When i put them on top of each other, they were too thick to put into a knot. So i just layed them overlapping and then turned them. Mine were slightly dry, not sure if its cuz of the flour or anything else.Lets hope they come out as pretty as yours.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM Reply

      Emma, how much water did you add. I ended up adding all 160 grams of water.

      • emma

        April 5, 2015 at 7:18 PM Reply

        I figured out how to make 8. I did add all the water required. Is it possible i went overboard with the flouring while using the pasta machine???

        • mandy@ladyandpups

          April 5, 2015 at 7:28 PM Reply

          That’s highly possible. Because the dough is so thin, it will dry out if you use too much flour during the “pressing”.

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    April 5, 2015 at 6:04 PM Reply

    OH WOW! Muffins with pasta machine looks incredible! Super AMAZING! :D

  • emma

    April 5, 2015 at 8:21 PM Reply

    OMG these are sooo good. I knew they would be soo good, thats why i was waiting for the recipe and i just now made them next day after u put the recipe up. They are not as pretty as yours but they taste amazing. The husband loved them and he was thinking maybe i can make them savory. SO any suggestion from the master who made them :P

  • Allyson

    April 5, 2015 at 10:33 PM Reply

    These are stunning. I don’t even eat muffins (or croissants) and these have me debating that decision.

  • Nate C

    April 5, 2015 at 11:44 PM Reply

    These look amazing! I’m obsessed over your photographic style

  • stephanie

    April 5, 2015 at 11:57 PM Reply

    you are absolutely brilliant. pure genius!

  • Nicole | Culinary Cool

    April 6, 2015 at 1:06 AM Reply

    Oh. My. God. How devilish of you to simplify the laminated dough process. Now Im going to be eating Cruffins on the regular!

  • Dulcistella

    April 6, 2015 at 2:12 AM Reply

    :-S why is my first comment still awaiting moderation? Is it for the links?
    Anyway, can I make you a bizarre request? Could you please measure the diameter of the holes of your muffin pan? I know, I am a pscychopat, but I have the feeling that my old muffin tin is too small… Thanks!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 6, 2015 at 2:27 AM Reply

      Oh sorry I wasn’t aware there was a pending comment!! It’s on now! The muffin hole is about 7 cm.

      • Dulcistella

        April 6, 2015 at 2:33 AM Reply

        thanks! I’ll measure mine in three months :-D

  • Celeste

    April 6, 2015 at 6:38 AM Reply

    THIS is mind blowing. @____@

  • Amy @

    April 6, 2015 at 10:09 AM Reply

    I had an insane “Baklava” croissant with almonds and honey. Baklava cruffin would be even better…

  • Bec

    April 6, 2015 at 5:51 PM Reply

    Oh man. I am staring at my pasta maker right now with a ‘it’s on’ kind of look.

  • Aurora

    April 6, 2015 at 8:52 PM Reply

    what a creative cook you are Mandy ! – i thought your Xian spicy Cumin dish was awesome enough
    but these cruffins are brilliant – i also love your photography and writing, you crack me up – thankyou

  • Jody Docksteader

    April 6, 2015 at 9:03 PM Reply

    Amazing! I can’t wait to try this. Do you think these could be modified to mimic Tartine’s Morning Buns (brown sugar, cinnamon, orange zest)? Or something along those lines? Or would just adding demerara sugar make them caramelized? How would you do it?

  • Stefania

    April 6, 2015 at 10:50 PM Reply

    Magnificent! I will do them ASAP….meanwhile a little question: no sugar at all? How should I do do make them sweet, leaving proportions perfectly balanced, could you give me suggestions? Thanks a lot!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 7, 2015 at 1:31 AM Reply

      Stefania, they are a bit savory, but only because I want them to kinda function like a croissant. If you wanna make them more dessert like, you can reduce the salt to 1/2 tsp, then add 2 tbsp of sugar in the dough.

  • Alana

    April 6, 2015 at 11:33 PM Reply

    GENIUS! BRILLIANT!! All the amazing words in the dictionary. I’m obsessed with the idea of cruffins and I love that you made them without folding and chilling!!

  • Frances |

    April 7, 2015 at 12:14 AM Reply

    This is so creative and the photography is on point. Can’t wait to try this, thank you!

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats

    April 7, 2015 at 12:50 AM Reply

    This is entirely amazing. More encouragement to buy the pasta maker attachment thingy I’ve been wanting.

    And the shot where the little ‘poof’ of powdered sugar is coming out of the strainer is transfixing O_O

  • Yin and Yolk

    April 7, 2015 at 12:51 AM Reply

    This is absolutely earth shattering! I can totally feel the flakiness of it all through these photos. Crying and drooling simultaneously.

  • Jennifer Farley

    April 7, 2015 at 6:00 AM Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!

  • Leilani

    April 7, 2015 at 8:01 AM Reply

    Completely unrelated but coincidental to my personal events today…Mr. Holmes Bakehouse on Larkin Street in San Francisco, known for his Cruffin selection, was subject to theft in early March. The thief only stole recipes from the establishment and most news coverage consistently referenced the missing Cruffin recipe. Wow!


    April 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM Reply

    You are the Cruffin rockstar! Lateral thinking and super creative. Love it.

  • Kathryn

    April 8, 2015 at 1:43 AM Reply

    Sorry to be confused, but it looks like you divide the dough into four sections. Then, you roll each section and cut it in half and butter it and roll it up. That’s 8. But now I read that after you roll it up, you cut the roll in half lengthwise, so now it’s 16? Also – I wish there was a video attached. I know it’s a lot to ask, but this looks amazing and for a novice baker, a vid would help. :) Love the blog. Thank you for this, even though I know it’s going to tank the first time I make it, I’m still going to try. xoxo

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 8, 2015 at 12:08 PM Reply

      Kathryn, after you divide the dough into 4 and roll 1 portion out, it will be long (see the diagram), therefore you have to cut it in half. But you still roll both “sections” into 1 log, then cut into 2. So you’ll get 8. Does the diagram clear things up for you?

  • Sami

    April 8, 2015 at 3:07 AM Reply

    I don’t know how I have never thought of making anything other than pasta in my pasta machine.I feel many windows of opportunities opening up…!

  • Noah

    April 8, 2015 at 5:49 AM Reply

    These came out beautifully, I never thought I could laminate dough in so little time. I would like to make the dough itself a little sweeter, so do you have any suggestions on how to do that? I was thinking either substitute a little flour for some powdered sugar, or sprinkle on some powdered sugar on top of the butter layer?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 8, 2015 at 12:09 PM Reply

      Noah, reduce the salt to 1/2 tsp, then add 2 tbsp sugar to the dough-mix :) Then like real cruffins, maybe stuff some pastry cream inside!

  • bicil

    April 8, 2015 at 10:44 AM Reply

    This is mind blowing! You are ah mah zing… this I will have to try soon and put some almond paste during the rolling or on top of the cruffin ?

  • Georgios Tsaklidis

    April 8, 2015 at 1:16 PM Reply

    Oh “Lady”, you elemental broody goddess of the kitchen, you’ve done it again ! it’s as if different worlds collided … a flaky brioche like in Paris, a muffin like in North America, a miniaturized greek filo pastry factory in your own home …. the result: MAGIC ! i will give it a try :) thank-you and take care, g-tsak.


    April 8, 2015 at 1:19 PM Reply

    Oh Yeah, EVERYBODY remember to vote for LADY AND PUPS for the Saveur Blog Award Contest this year … :)))

  • Marlin

    April 8, 2015 at 3:07 PM Reply

    When I came across your site last night, I was intrigued and wanted to try this. And yup, I bought a pasta machine this afternoon, and I will keep you posted what’s the outcome of my cruffins. Oh, I am thrilled and beyond excited!!!!

  • Kathryn

    April 9, 2015 at 1:00 AM Reply

    Yes, thanks!

  • Kim

    April 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM Reply

    These look amazing!!! What pasta machine are you using? Looks beautiful xxxx

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 10, 2015 at 12:34 PM Reply

      Kim, it was a gift so I have no idea! but I assume it can be found on amazon?

  • Verbena

    April 11, 2015 at 3:40 AM Reply

    What’s the tool you’re using in the 2nd and 3rd pictures?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 11, 2015 at 3:01 PM Reply

      Verbena, OH hahaa those are the dough-hooks from my hand-held mixer!

  • Anne

    April 12, 2015 at 4:48 AM Reply

    I think you’ve slayed your kitchen nemesis x100000. :D

  • Sara

    April 12, 2015 at 5:42 AM Reply

    Congratulations. You inspired me. Today I got out my pasta machine after almost 5 years in the closet.

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey

    April 12, 2015 at 6:31 PM Reply

    How genius are these? They look so light and flakey. They really need to be in my kitchen. . .like right now.

  • Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen

    April 13, 2015 at 12:08 PM Reply

    I’m inlove with these… I’m going to have to ask for my Pasta machine back from my sister just so I can make this!

  • Meg@ Beard and Bonnet

    April 14, 2015 at 10:59 PM Reply

    Oh my dear Lord! THIS IS BRILLIANT. You are my hero.

  • Leven

    April 15, 2015 at 12:55 AM Reply

    color me a skeptic…

    they look super yummy, but are they really as light/flaky/scrumptious as “traditional” croissants?

    here’s what gets me. i’ve seen other recipes for rolled croissant dough. you’re rolling dough that’s probably no thinner than 1mm into a diameter of probably not more than 5cm. so that’s roughly 50 layers tops

    with traditional puff pastry/croissant recipes, you fold into thirds, rotate, fold into thirds, and repeat those 2 folds 2-3 times more. that gives several hundred or even thousands of layers (729 for 2 repeats and 6561 for 3 repeats to be precise).

    is rolling up the dough enough to replicate the beautiful original?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 15, 2015 at 1:11 AM Reply

      Leven, haha good question. The goal here is not to replace the original croissant recipe, or to say this is better. That’s why I didn’t say “better croissant this way”. The recip offers an alternative to ppl who may be short on time, or looking for an alternative to the traditional ways. Cruffins are a popular invention from a bakery in San francisco, and I don’t think their cruffin, filled with pastry Cream, are completely identical to the traditional croissant either. The point is to have fun, as a process, to wherever it may take us. If we all just stick to tradition, what’s the point of cooking anymore?

      • Leven

        April 15, 2015 at 7:59 PM Reply

        totally agree. i’m really just being the devil’s advocate/naysayer/contrarian

        i love the relative ease of your version vs the day long (or two!) process of fold, fold, fridge, fold, fold, fridge… faced with the dauntingness of that, i’ll generally just buy frozen puff pastry and be done with it. your recipe definitely adds to the allure of constructing the whole thing yourself from start to finish

  • Susan

    April 15, 2015 at 9:58 PM Reply

    Just wanted to let you know that I added cinnamon sugar and turned them into morning bun cruffins. They are delicious and addictive! I just posted them on my blog.

  • Linda Boston

    April 16, 2015 at 10:46 AM Reply

    Yum, yum, yam !!!

  • Ian

    April 17, 2015 at 12:39 AM Reply

    Looks scrumptious. Step 1) acquire a pasta maker step 2) make cruffins.

  • gregory terpening

    April 17, 2015 at 4:23 AM Reply

    I think divine guidance led me to your wonderful unique treats blog/w’s… thank you for sharing with us.
    Best regards ,

  • Barry Schuler

    April 17, 2015 at 2:10 PM Reply

    This is brilliant and employs the same technique used to make the classic sea shell Italian pastry sfogliatelle. While not yeasted, the pastry is rolled in the pasta machine, spread with lard and dotted with candied citron. It is rolled up in the same fashion then sliced into discs and folded into a clamshell – but this cruffin recipe tempts me to not only make cruffins but to attempt to make sfogliatuffins.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 17, 2015 at 2:23 PM Reply

      Barry, I’ve always wondered how those are made too!! Maybe next time I will try that too:)

  • Josy

    April 17, 2015 at 6:29 PM Reply

    thankyou for a wonderful recipe could you please tell me if you can freeze the cruffins and also how long will they keep after they are made. Do you think that you could put a filling in them. Thanks

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM Reply

      Josy, I’ve never tried freezing them before, so I don’t know how good they will remain after reheating (in the oven I suppose). If you want to put custard in them (like the ones in San Francisco), reduce the salt and add sugar to the dough (read the notes below the recipe). I suppose you’ll have to cut an opening on top.

  • Lindsey @ Lou Lou Biscuit

    April 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM Reply

    This. Is. Genius.

    I’ve been considering getting a pasta machine and this just sealed the deal. I HAVE to make these!!!! I love the diagram too.

  • AC

    April 19, 2015 at 7:43 AM Reply

    Thanks for the great recipe! I filled the centre of my cruffins with almond frangipane – highly recommend!

  • Stephy

    April 20, 2015 at 1:41 AM Reply

    Made them! They are fantastic! And we used pure butter for some, and 2 frangipan, 2 vanillecream.
    Just Mmm… Thanks for the nice pic’s and recepie!

  • El Oso con Botas

    April 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM Reply

    I couldn’t resist the temptation to bake this adorable cruffins. I did it (last week) changing some ingredients and changing the process just a bit according to my way of working. The result was just great. I was glad to write about it in my blog and share your technique in spanish. Thank you very much for sharing this cruffins

  • Bunny Peters

    April 21, 2015 at 1:22 AM Reply

    These look amazing!!! Will make them next week.

    My ?: would this dough make a “cronut” (if deep fried)?

    In Singapore, we had tuna-stuffed cronuts (very delicious). I have been trying to replicate them ever since……

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 21, 2015 at 12:44 PM Reply

      Bunny, because of how it’s made, I’m not sure how it can be shaped into a donut. If you are also looking for easier ways to make laminated dough, you can consider using this technique:

      You can use this recipe for the dough and butter, but apply them using the “speed folding” technique in the link. If you ever try to do it, report back and let us know how it goes!

      • patricia mellor

        July 29, 2015 at 3:25 PM Reply

        Hi, can you tell me if the filling can be spread on pastry before its rolled up or this the filling placed in the centre? They look amazing Thank you.

        • mandy@ladyandpups

          July 29, 2015 at 4:33 PM Reply

          Patricia, what kind of filling? If you are referring to pastry cream, you can fill it with a piping bag after they’re baked.

  • Amy

    April 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM Reply

    Thanks for the recipe Mandy. Love how detailed your instructions are too.

    My cruffins are currently proving, so can’t wait to try them! I must say the hardest part of the recipe is smearing the butter onto the super thin dough without causing any tears – a step that demands lots of patience!

  • Lourdes

    April 24, 2015 at 3:34 AM Reply

    I just finished….waiting for them to rise! Thank you so much for the illustrations! I can’t wait to eat them. Using the pasta machine, was a stroke of genius! Amazing!

  • birgul

    April 27, 2015 at 12:05 AM Reply

    Looks wonderful. Soon as possible i will try

  • Marjolein

    April 28, 2015 at 7:20 PM Reply

    Made these last weekend, for our Dutch Kingsday celebration. Totally loved these. Mine did not turn out as golden as yours, so maybe next time i wil add some eggwash. Totally gonna spring for a pastamaking attachment for my kenwood machine, which will hopefullu make cruffin making life that much easier ;)

  • Lourdes

    May 1, 2015 at 9:52 PM Reply

    Love these…they make waking up…necessary! I’ve made these twice now in less than a week, I think I’m obsessed. Thank you.Much easier than making croissants.

  • Brad

    May 10, 2015 at 8:14 PM Reply

    I made this yesterday – great flavor but a couple of comments.

    Mine came out very crunchy/crispy. My dough didn’t rise enough during the second proof. I think what I’ll change next time is that I will activate the yeast in the water required before adding it to the dough. I normally do for any bread recipe, but I figured I would give these instructions a try first.

    I added the sugar that you recommended and that made it just sweet enough, I liked that.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      May 11, 2015 at 12:36 AM Reply

      Brad, thanks for the feedback! Yes I made the same mistake of not final-proofing enough, and the bread was crunchy and tough. I would really wait for the dough to at least fully double before baking. Dissolving the yeast first is a good way to speed things up.

  • Loes

    May 18, 2015 at 4:57 AM Reply

    In your recipe it says bread flower but what kind?

  • Heiga

    May 30, 2015 at 12:29 AM Reply

    cool! explanation and stunning photos
    Thanks !!!!!!

  • Graham

    June 6, 2015 at 1:43 AM Reply

    This looks really similar to how a Minneapolis bakery named Rustica makes their cinnamon buns. I’ll have to try that as well. (

  • David Lum (davidlumto)

    June 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM Reply

    Your cruffin recipe was a great incentive to purchase a pasta machine. I was finally able to make the cruffins (activating the yeast first before adding it to the dry ingredients) and they turned out amazingly. I’ll be sure to post them on my IG and credit you of course. Once again, thank you for sharing your creative recipes!

  • Li

    June 24, 2015 at 4:46 AM Reply

    This is amazing. I tried it a few times (the second time with a few changes) and added some spices like vanilla, tonka and lemon zest to the butter.
    It came out beautiful and it was really fun to make.

  • David Lum

    July 9, 2015 at 1:37 AM Reply

    Hi Mandy, Thanks again for your brilliant cruffin recipe! I just posted a chocolate version of the cruffin on my IG account and credited you for the recipe. I know you’re busy, but I would be so grateful for your feedback. You’re such an inspiration and it would mean the world to me. Thank you!

  • Jamie

    July 10, 2015 at 1:26 AM Reply

    Hi Mandy, thanks for the recipe. However, I am looking at the conversation and may think it’s wrong or I just don’t know any better.

    I saw a video with this recipe by but the measurement of yours is bit off. Here is the recipe

    150g flour T45
    150g T50 flour
    1 ½ tablespoon dry yeast
    1 ½ teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons sugar
    135ml of warm water at 35 ° C maximum (135g or 13,5cl)
    50g butter, cubed
    Butter 168g softened at room temperature (4 cubic 42g)
    icing sugar for dusting

    Can you verify re dry yeast and also the salt? Thanks a million!

  • Oat&Sesame

    July 10, 2015 at 3:00 AM Reply

    These look absolutely incredible! I am definitely going to try this! Move over pasta we’ve got cruffins! :)

  • Mercedes

    July 23, 2015 at 10:59 PM Reply

    Hi from Spain ;)
    If I want to freeze a cruffin, I must do before baking the cruffin? … Or, should I freeze it once baked.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      July 24, 2015 at 12:54 PM Reply

      Mercedes, if you freeze them before baking, you may have to let it thaw first (and it might expand during thawing because of the yeast, which is fine). I find that any pastries that are frozen tend to be less good after it’s reheated, giving the loss of moisture and etc. But that’s just me :)

  • Heather

    July 29, 2015 at 8:18 AM Reply

    Hey there! I know I’m late to the party, lol, but just wanted to thank you for this friggin awesome recipe!

    I can’t wait to try this, and I agree with others that this is pure genius!

    I just found your blog (via a Google search for ‘cruffins’, lol) and can’t wait to read through more posts! :)

    Thanks again!

  • Tenore

    July 30, 2015 at 7:34 PM Reply

    This is a great recipe. My lessons from making them are not to stint on swathing the butter over the dough. I thought I had the dough covered enough on the first batch but didnt use anywhere near as much butter as suggested here and they were okay but not mega. Next time I used the recommended amounts even though this was very buttery indeed and this somehow made the open layers at the top crisper and the central sections more good-croissant like when baked.

    Also when it comes to rubbing the butter over the dough because the dough is so fine and easily splitable at this stage I found it easier to put the first amounts down the centre of the dough and then use my fingers to gently move it to the edges. Secondly, do what Mercedes says and be patient and leave these babies till they do double in size – I had no trouble with the yeast in achieving this and following this recipe without prior fermantation. I baked the first batch too soon and though still good they werent a patch on the second ones which look just like the ones in the pictures here and taste great.

    I love these with home made jams but I am now itching to shake cinnamon sugar over the pasta sheet before the role up to see if we get a mega cinnamon bun as the earlier poster has suggested – its not like anyone contemplating these is going to be that concerned about calories……are they?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      July 30, 2015 at 7:51 PM Reply

      Tenore, thanks for these awesomely detailed feedbacks!!!

      • Tenore

        July 31, 2015 at 10:56 PM Reply

        Apologies for getting my Mercedes and Mandy’s mixed up – I should also have added that I do the version with less salt and a small amount of sugar added to placate (and doubtless, plaque) my sweet tooth but I probably wouldnt do that if ever I give the cinnamon cruffin version a go…..

        Now on to tackling the awesome looking Walter White….you have some amazing ideas on here Mandy and both the commentaries and the photographs are exemplary.

  • Dsar

    August 21, 2015 at 7:56 AM Reply

    This may have already been asked … But… I will ask again.

    What is the best storage method for these?
    Can I freeze them ( before or after baking)?
    If yes for how long?

    Thank you!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      August 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM Reply

      Dsar, I didn’t like them when they were frozen and re-baked, so I would suggest freezing the dough after it was twirled/shaped and 80% proofed, then give it a few hours (2~4 depending on the room temperature) before baking to defrost and fully double, then bake.

  • Deb

    August 28, 2015 at 1:05 AM Reply

    ok, they just came out of the oven and they are half gone. Took the advice about reducing the salt, adding a little sugar to the dough, and brushing with an egg wash before sprinkling with a little sanding sugar. OUTSTANDING RECIPE. Light, flaky, delicious- and the whole pasta machine hack is brilliant- thanks!

  • Deb

    August 29, 2015 at 11:18 AM Reply

    I am going to be making this, this weekend… I think that you may have left out one step in the pictures. after you have rolled up the dough like a cigar… don’t you have to cut the dough lengthwise to expose the layers of the prospective cruffin? that way you would have 2 parts..out of 1? Sorry if I may have missed a similar question earlier, but for some reason, without looking really closely at the pictures, I couldn’t figure out how the layers got in it. Am I correct?
    I can’t wait to make this..

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      August 29, 2015 at 6:24 PM Reply

      Deb, the photos didn’t include every single steps, so I would refer to the diagram which does show cutting the dough lengthwise to expose the layers :) Good luck!

  • Deb

    August 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM Reply

    just making them now… i see that you did in fact explain it. I was just not understanding.. but, I did get it.. Mea culpa.
    they are looking good, I am so impressed that I could do this. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Emma

    September 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM Reply

    Are you meant to prove them again if you put them in the fridge the day before? I made these last night, but I think I misunderstood the instructions. If I want to cook these first thing in the morning for warm breakfast should I be proving them in a warm place over night, rather than in the fridge? I don’t want to get up in the middle of the night to get them out of the fridge. Any help will be gratefully received, because they looked amazing just really tiny!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      September 24, 2015 at 2:21 PM Reply

      Emma, did they expand in the fridge overnight (they should have and that should’ve been the proofing)?? Sounds like yours didn’t proof in the fridge at all. What I would do is, before putting them in the fridge the night before, let them proof at room-temperature for 1~2 hours first to get a head start. Let me know if this helps!

  • Emma Reynolds

    September 25, 2015 at 11:57 AM Reply

    I am so over the moon I found this recipe! I sit here at the computer with a coffee and a cruffin almost too hot to eat… but I’m doing it anyway! Absolutely will be making these again! (I did a tray of minis as well which worked well too- just cut the log into small segments) :D

  • Carmela

    September 26, 2015 at 6:08 AM Reply

    This is so tempting, I’m considering buying a pasta machine…

  • Carmela

    September 26, 2015 at 6:09 AM Reply

    Oops, forgot the check mark. Can’t wait to get your ideas!

  • Irene

    October 5, 2015 at 7:09 PM Reply

    Oh I’m trying it but my dough doesn’t seems well. It doesn’t grow fully doubled size… :((

  • Joanne

    October 13, 2015 at 12:26 AM Reply

    This is brilliant! Do you think I could use this method to make a croissant? Perhaps after rolling the dough into the tube, I can use a rolling pin to roll it out into a rectangle, and cut it from the top right to the bottom left to create that triangle and roll it up like a croissant?

  • Winnie

    October 14, 2015 at 12:03 AM Reply

    When you first posted this I knew I had to try to make it. I finally did yesterday. OMG I can’t believe it worked. Your instructions where spot on and it came out perfect. This is my best baking success evah!! Thank you for sharing, I will be baking these for friends at Christmas time.

  • Zaneta

    November 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM Reply

    Brilliant, finally putting my pasta machine to good use. Made some yesterday and making a second batch today, taste amazing.

  • Belinda

    December 16, 2015 at 4:08 AM Reply

    I’d like to make Cruffins for Christmas morning and was wondering if I could make them the night before and leave them to proof overnight in a warm room instead of the fridge?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 16, 2015 at 1:18 PM Reply

      Belinda, overnight proofing should be done in the fridge instead of room-temperature, otherwise it will over-proof :)

      • mandy@ladyandpups

        December 16, 2015 at 1:20 PM Reply

        Belinda, sorry just to be more specific, I would let them proof for 1:30 hour at room-temperature first (to get a head-start), then leave them in the fridge (gently covered in plastic-wrap) overnight.

  • Charlotte Avra

    January 29, 2016 at 7:29 AM Reply

    Hi! The photos taken of these pastries are simply beautiful. I was wondering if I could use one of them (specifically the one of you sifting flour) for a school project (personal use). I would make sure to give this blog all the credit. Let me know, thanks!

  • Lin Shultz

    February 6, 2016 at 8:57 PM Reply

    These look wonderful! I will try them although I am low carb due to pre-diabetes. But the process will be fun!

  • Eden Passante

    February 26, 2016 at 7:54 AM Reply

    Wow! These are gorgeous! I also love all the photos and instructions!

  • Lexie

    June 17, 2016 at 9:24 PM Reply

    I have been reading food blogs all my life and never felt inclined to comment. Bow down to you, praise be. So smart!!

  • Emily

    July 10, 2016 at 12:41 PM Reply

    Oh good Lord. I am late to this party, but far better to be late than not arrive at all! The cruffin thing began for me when I ate one (oh, ok, three) on holidays in Melbourne last year. Reminiscing about said holiday with hubby yesterday, he says, “I miss those cruffins we ate with the chocolate cream”. Me: “I could probably make some decent ones in the steam oven. I mean, they’re just like baking a croissant dough, so it can’t be that hard”. And, thanks to your genius recipe, it’s not! Waistline-curses and pastry loving applause in equal measure! I’ll be adapting them to bake in my combi steam as soon as the butter on the bench is soft enough. :)

  • AMN

    August 23, 2016 at 5:27 AM Reply

    Made these this morning. I followed the recipe exactly, except I don’t have a stand mixer so I did it all by hand. The dough was extremely tight at first, so I added a few teaspoons of water to incorporate all the flour. Mixing in the butter by hand got very messy — at first I thought I’d already ruined the dough, but I kept going and it came together very nicely. When rolling the dough in the pasta maker, I didn’t bother connecting the ends to make one continuous strip. It was easy enough to cut the strips in half and run them through a few times.

    The end result was PInterest-worthy. The cruffins were a little chewier than I expected, and certainly savory, as described. Now that I’ve successfully made the recipe once, I’m thinking of making roasted garlic parmesan ones, as well as sweet ones, maybe with a Milo or Nutella paste if I can figure out how to make it.

  • Neoh Swee Heoh

    September 6, 2016 at 9:40 AM Reply

    I have tried out the above recipe twice! Is really nice, my whole family like it. Tqvm

  • Gwen Oatman

    September 14, 2016 at 9:33 PM Reply

    Hey thanks so much for this recipe, the instructions/diagram were perfect… Made the sweet variation for my friend’s birthday and piped in some lemon curd (recipe from epicurious) since she likes lemony desserts… So so good and beautiful. I feel like these are -made- to be filled… Gooey center, crisp exterior with flaky, tender layers in between… Will definitely have to try some variations of this concept.

    I used my kitchen aid pasta attachment and had to abandon the genius circular pasta feeding idea… takes some practice on an electric machine (and maybe bc it’s so high off the counter too?)… Just wanted to mention that in case anyone else has trouble with that… They still turned out beautiful even though the ends of my pasta sheets were not perfectly square.

    I feel like this would make a great, quick kouign amman too…

    Thank you!

  • Suzi

    December 25, 2016 at 5:49 AM Reply

    Mandy, I completely understand your panic over your hair – it’s not the hair, it’s the personal loss that’s the real obsession. I’ve lost my beloved husband of 41 years. During the last two months I spent at his bedside, the stress & worry did cause my hair (& eyebrows) to start falling out & now a biopsy does confirm that a rare form of scarring alopecia means that the eyebrows (now all gone) & my hair (2/3 gone, so far) is never coming back. I am becoming a master of penciling on the brows & wearing wigs. We soldier on without the ones we’ve loved, whether people or sweet pet/best friends, but the body has reminded us how deeply we’ve cared.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 25, 2016 at 12:02 PM Reply

      Suzi, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. Like you said, our body is a proof of how deeply we cared. Life goes on, and meanwhile, we still have friends :)

  • Irina

    January 15, 2017 at 6:36 AM Reply

    really I love them. they are similar to the Neapolitan sfolyatelle but this one lower in calories and faster :) Thank you !

  • Sharon

    April 19, 2017 at 3:43 PM Reply

    Can this recipe be easily doubled? I’m having 9 for brunch on Sunday and I know 1 is not enough per person. I ordered a pasta roller today on line and can’t wait to get baking!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 19, 2017 at 5:28 PM Reply

      Sharon, I don’t see why not :) Good luck with the brunch party!!

  • Sharon

    April 21, 2017 at 1:40 PM Reply

    Can the recipe be doubled easily? I’m going to make these for Sunday brunch and I know one is not going to be enough per person. Also was it difficult to crank the pasta roller while keeping a continuous loop of dough?

    • Sharon

      April 21, 2017 at 1:41 PM Reply

      Oops sorry but didn’t see that my previous comment went through. Thanks for the answer and I will take pictures. Fingers crossed.

  • Read

    August 27, 2017 at 2:45 PM Reply

    Quite similar to kubaneh in execution, though these are a lot crisper and flakier. Very nice.

    I made the mistake of adding more water, so it was similar to other bread doughs, which made it much more difficult to work with the pasta machine (tearing really easily, sticking to itself as it comes out…). The end result was great, but I think I made a lot more work for myself.

  • Hannah

    November 24, 2017 at 1:16 PM Reply

    How long will they last after baking? Or how long is the dough able to be kept uncooked?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      November 24, 2017 at 1:38 PM Reply

      Hannah, like all pastries, they should be eaten within a few hours after baking. I’m not sure I understand the second question though. Can you explain a bit.

  • Judy

    February 4, 2018 at 6:02 PM Reply

    Oh My! At last, wonderful pics and a great diagram! Other Cruffin sites are so confusing. So glad to have found yours. I’ll be making these very soon and I know I’ll be successful because of your very clear directions. Thank you!

  • Eboni

    November 28, 2018 at 6:03 AM Reply

    So having made these I think the technique is amazing, expensive if you don’t have a pasta machine but amazing. The final look of them would give the impression that they were made in a fancy patisserie. However the overall taste was underwhelming. I agree with several of the commentators here. It needs something more. Things like chocolate, jams, jellies all made it harder for proofing but ham and cheese for savory I found to work a lot better. Raisins and currants sprinkled on top of the butter and then rolled up worked equally as well. All of this said the version of the recipe you gave with the added sugar worked out a little better.

  • Rita Rung

    March 28, 2019 at 9:26 PM Reply

    After you put them in a fridge over night, can you pull them out bake them right away or do you have to keep them in a room temp for some time?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      March 29, 2019 at 12:02 AM Reply

      Rita, if redoubt has doubled in the fridge, you can bake them right away. If not, they have to be at room-tempt until doubled before baking :)

  • catherine

    June 14, 2020 at 11:17 PM Reply

    Hi Mandy, I just got your cookbook. Is the cruffin with sticky rice flour an improved version of this? I haven’t tried either yet. Should I start with the sticky rice flour version since it sounds so crispy and chewy! Thanks!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      June 15, 2020 at 12:21 AM Reply

      Catherine, yes it is an updated version:)

      • Catherine

        June 15, 2020 at 2:27 PM Reply

        Thanks Mandy! Look forward to making it!

  • Izzy

    October 27, 2020 at 1:52 AM Reply

    Hello Mandy – Is there a textural or taste difference between this recipe and the one in the book? (I’m a bit intimidated by the use of mochi-ko LOL) Love your book and your blog, BTW :)

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      October 27, 2020 at 1:36 PM Reply

      Izzy, oh it’s completely different! I’d say I prefer the one in the book a lot more. It’s closer to croissant.

      • Izzy

        October 28, 2020 at 6:23 AM Reply

        Thank you Mandy :) Mochi-ko it is…..THEN.

  • Kathy

    December 20, 2020 at 9:02 AM Reply

    I’ve made these twice now with ham and gruyere cheese. They are excellent!

  • Stacy

    October 1, 2022 at 3:57 PM Reply

    I really liked everything. Thanks, very helpful

  • Jena Morgan

    January 4, 2023 at 4:54 AM Reply

    I am having trouble with the butter stage. Even though it’s soft, I basically have to melt it in my hands first and pat it on, melted. If I try to rub the dough with my hands at all, it tears. It’s a 7 thinness on my machine, I definitely couldn’t go any lower than that.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      January 4, 2023 at 1:32 PM Reply

      Jena, the butter does need to be completely softened especially during winter time.

  • Jena Morgan

    January 4, 2023 at 7:10 AM Reply

    I love how to texture of these came out but they seem pretty dry and could use some more flavor. Would adding more butter solve each of these?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      January 4, 2023 at 1:31 PM Reply

      Jena, you could try adding a sugar to the dough if you’re used to a sweeter croissant :)

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