Chocolate Tahini Croissants

40 minutes
20 minutes
1 hour
12 croissants
If you're as obsessed with croissants as I am, you will LOVE these chocolate tahini almond croissants! It's sweet, nutty, and chocolatey to create my favorite croissant recipe yet on the blog. The best part is not even the taste, it's how easily they come together!
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Chocolate Tahini Croissants

If you’re as obsessed with croissants as I am, you will LOVE these chocolate tahini almond croissants! It’s sweet, nutty, and chocolatey to create my favorite croissant recipe yet on the blog. The best part is not even the taste, it’s just how easily they come together!

I first thought to create this flavor combo for a croissant after a visit to NYC! My sister in law was raving about a Qatari bakery called Librae in Manhattan so we stopped by and got an assortment of pastries to try. She said her favorite was the tahini chocolate croissant and it did not disappoint. It was so buttery and flakey and the tahini flavor really came through in the best way possible! I knew I had to recreate it in that moment so let’s do it.

The Tahini Almond Filling

For this recipe, we are basically going to take the classic almond filling from the recipe on the blog and infuse it with tahini. If you are not familiar with tahini, think of it as the peanut butter of the Middle East. It’s a spread made from tahini and it has the most increible nutty flavor that is commonly used in both sweet and savory recipes in most Arab cuisines. Here are the ingredients you need to make the filling:

  • almond flour
  • granulated white sugar
  • salt
  • unsalted butter, room temp
  • tahini paste
  • vanilla extract
  • large eggs
  • heavy cream

Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat together using a hand mixer. You can also use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, if you have one. The final consistency should be fluffy, creamy, and thick!

THE SIMPLE SYRUP

Since these are old croissants, we got to spruce them up and make them soft on the inside. The simple syrup does just that while adding a sweet flavor to the croissants. Here is what you need:

  • water
  • granulated white sugar

To a small pan or pot over medium heat, add the water and sugar. If you’d like to add almond extract, feel free to do so but I opted out this time because I wanted the tahini flavor to be more pronounced and almond extract can be overpowering. Bring to a boil so all the sugar is dissolved and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature so it thickens up.

ASSEMBLING AND BAKING

Once the tahini filling and syrup are prepared, it’s time to assemble and bake.

Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Slice the croissants in half to open up like a book. Soak both sides in the simple syrup. You can use a pastry brush or just dunk them in the syrup very quickly and let any excess drip off.

Add the tahini filling across the whole inside and add chocolate to taste. You can add much or as little chocolate as you like depending how rich you want the taste to be. I like to add just a little so the primary taste is the tahini almond filling. You can also leave the chocolate out entirely. Now, fold the croissant shut to close it again.

Once they’re all filled, add about 1 to 2 spoonfulls of almond flour to the remaining filling just to thicken it up a bit. Pipe it along the croissant to create a stripe design. Sprinkle on a mix of black and white sesame seeds.

Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until crispy all around. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Finish off with a dusting of powdered sugar to enjoy!

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Chocolate Tahini Almond Croissants

If you're as obsessed with croissants as I am, you will LOVE these chocolate tahini almond croissants! It's sweet, nutty, and chocolatey to create my favorite croissant recipe yet on the blog. The best part is not even the taste, it's how easy they come together!

If you're as obsessed with croissants as I am, you will LOVE these chocolate tahini almond croissants! It's sweet, nutty, and chocolatey to create my favorite croissant recipe yet on the blog. The best part is not even the taste, it's how easy they come together!

40 minutes
20 minutes
1 hour
12 croissants

Ingredients

SIMPLE SYRUP
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
TAHINI FILLING
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • additional almond flour (1 to 2 tablespoons)
FOR ASSEMBLY
  • 8 to 12 croissants, 1 to 3 days old
  • 1/2 cup high-quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup high-quality milk chocolate, chopped 
  • sesame seeds, white and/or black
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

MAKE THE SIMPLE SYRUP
  1. To a pot over medium heat, add the water and sugar. Bring to a boil so all the sugar is dissolved and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature so it thickens up.
PREPARE THE FILLING
  1. To a bowl, add the almond flour, sugar, salt, unsalted butter, tahini paste, vanilla extract, eggs, and heavy cream.
  2. Beat together until light and fluffy using a stand or hand mixer.
ASSEMBLE AND BAKE
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice the croissants in half to open up like a book.
  3. Soak both sides in the simple syrup. Be generous with it.
  4. Add the tahini filling across the whole inside and add chocolate to taste. Close the croissant. Add a few lines of tahini filling across the top and sprinkle on sesame seeds. Repeat with the rest of the croissants.
  5. Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until crispy all around.
  6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then sprinkle with powdered sugar to enjoy!
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