Mini Chocolate Pastry Donuts for Valentine’s Day!

Mini Chocolate Pastry Donuts - taste like mini cronuts!

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So you know that cronut insanity that hit the nation this year? Well, these little cuties taste just like a mini pastry donut or – yep, you got it – a “cronut”! All the little flaky layers are oh so delish but no slaving away trying to make it. Pepperidge Farm has a product called Pastry Cups that does all the work for you so your little donut-meets-cronut is ready in no time! This is also one of my favorite recipes because it is a “mini dessert” (I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to such treats) because I think they are perfect for parties and entertaining. They are mini so you have my permission to eat 2 (and by 2 I mean 8). Trust me, they’re so good!

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MINI Chocolate Pastry Donuts! LOVE this easy two-step recipe! Step-by-Step for making Mini Chocolate Ganache Pastry Donuts by Courtney Whitmore of Pizzazzerie

The process is simple (full recipe below) and it can easily be done the day before a party or event. Simply refrigerate your “donuts” which will also help the chocolate ganache form a shell. You can remove them up to a couple of hours before serving. I love to use large heart sprinkles for Valentine’s Day but any type of sprinkle will work! You could even do a drizzle of white chocolate and fill with a mini strawberry for a more sophisticated twist!

Mini Chocolate Pastry Donuts - taste like mini cronuts!


MINI Chocolate Pastry Donuts! LOVE this easy two-step recipe!

Mini Chocolate Pastry Donuts


  • 1 package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate - chopped
  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter - softened
  • heart-shaped sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Break apart Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush each frozen cup with the beaten egg (also called an "egg wash") which helps give the cups a golden brown color once baked.
  • Bake Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown (all ovens can vary so watch carefully for the golden brown color).
  • In a saucepan over medium-heat, bring heavy cream to a boil.
  • in a separate heat-proof bowl filled with chopped chocolate, carefully pour in boiling heavy cream. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add butter and continue to stir.
  • After Puff Pastry Cups are removed from oven, use the end of a wooden spoon to push in the center of the "cup" to create a hole for filling with chocolate ganache!
  • Dip each Pastry Cup into the chocolate ganache and add in extra to the center cup with a spoon.
  • Decorate each Cup with heart sprinkles!
  • Enjoy!
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  1. I think I would use them to make these yummy grilled chicken sandwiches with a yummy garlic mayo!!! I cant wait to try these adorable lil cronuts! too stinkin cute!!!

  2. Gabriella says:

    I would make “Mini-Guava-and-Cheese-Delights”, which would be my personal twist on the typical Cuban pastries, “Pastelitos”. The decadent combination of the sweet and savory filling with the warm and buttery crust make this recipe truly irresistible! Cut in the shape of a heart, these are the perfect Valentine treat <3 …Btw, those mini-donuts are adorable, Courtney..can't wait to taste them!!!!! ;)

  3. Alissa S. says:

    I would use the puff pastry to make little ganache-filled sandwich pastries dipped in hardening chocolate. Yum!!

  4. These are perfect for taking to the teachers at my son’s school! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. I would make Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Nutella Stuffed puff pastry sliders. I actually want some now!

  6. I’d wake up my Valentine’s with these adorable & delicious heart cronuts! As a blogger, I’d love to go on this trip and would be a sponge absorbing all the delicious information and how-tos!!!

  7. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I would use puff pastry to make chicken with cream cheese–it’s delicious! Fool-proof & fail-safe.
    Your desserts look wonderful!

  8. Since there has to be chocolate on Valentines’s Day I think I would make a mini dark chocolate mousse filled puff pastry cups topped with some fresh fruit!

    These chocolate cronuts look delicious!

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