You know all I really want to do right now is scream OMG SPRINKLES and be done. Right?

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My inner five year old is flipping. Pink plus sprinkles plus ice cream plus chocolate plus CROISSANTS. Dead, I tell you. Dead.

I’ve had a special place in my heart for croissants since I was super young (like under the age of ten) because my grandma would always get me one from the Bread Box bakery in Boyne City. She created a monster, really. Flakey, buttery layers? Sign me up.

Oh oh – and a few years ago I actually MADE croissants (you can see the step by step pics here) and they are truly one of the few things that I HAD to remove from my home. Because I couldn’t stop eating them. Like they were so insanely delicious that I just could.not.stop.

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I didn’t really think that croissants could get any better (well, aside from the occasional stuffing with chocolate thing) but… I was wrong.

Because apparently you can fry them in butter. And make them crispy.

I feel like this is almost like that horrific deep fried butter on a stick that you occasionally hear about on the news every summer, but no where near as scary. If you’re not exactly sure how much butter goes into an actual croissant, let’s just leave it at “oodles.” A lot of butter. All the butter.

Crisping these things up? UGH. So freaking good. And then covering their warm crispiness with melty vanilla ice cream and boozy hot fudge and stuff. My giddiness was out of control. Even I don’t fully understand how color and overwhelming girly junk can get me so wound up. I’m like ten seconds away from decorating my kitchen in a sprinkle theme.

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The story of how this sundae came about is actually rather embarrassing. Um. So you know I like old people music. Like, a lot. And in December, we happened to be in New York City and just happened to find ourselves in the Carlyle hotel and just happened to find ourselves seeing Steve Tyrell perform. Because we are obsessed. Note: the only other people that I know who are obsessed are my parents.

Even better: the only other people who were in the room with us while he was performing were older than my parents. True story.

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It was wonderful though. It was like listening to all the music from Father of the Bride, but LIVE.  I don’t really love concerts (in addition to my taste in music, I have old person ears) but I can get down with this sort of thing.

Are we still friends? Probably not due to my elderly ways.

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The point is that we had a dessert there that consisted of a crispy croissant and ice cream. It wasn’t a sundae but I think they called it a sundae but it was served on a plate and who can serve an actual sundae ON A PLATE? No.

Hence the bowls. I don’t really remember what was going on but I remember crispy croissants. The most important part.

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If you’re not feeling everything red velvet and heart shaped, these little sundaes will do the trick. If you can’t wait for the day to be over, eat this for lunch. And maybe hot fudge milkshakes for dinner. You deserve it! Even if makes you feel like a kid again.

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Crispy Croissant Sundaes with Red Wine Hot Fudge

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

red wine hot fudge
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup red wine (I used a pinot noir)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
12 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 croissants, sliced in half
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 gallon vanilla bean ice cream (or your favorite kind)
whipped cream for serving
cherries for serving
SPRINKLES OUT THE WAZOO

Directions:

red wine hot fudge
Add the cream and wine to a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook until the liquid is warm and there are bubble forming on the edges of the pot. Stir in the sugar until it is totally dissolved and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and stir in the butter until melted. Turn off the heat and add in the chocolate, allowing it to sit for a minute. Then stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted. Stir in the vanilla extract and salt. I like to let this sit for a while at room temperature to thicken even more.

To crisp the croissants, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil and butter. Add the croissants to the skillet and cook on both sides until golden and crispy, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove and let sit on a paper towel to drain a bit. Place the croissants in a bowl (break them apart if you'd like) and assemble the sundaes with the ice cream, whipped cream, fudge sauce and sprinkles!

[hot fudge adapted from food network]

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bite size sundaes! I can die happy.

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91 Responses to “Crispy Croissant Sundaes with Red Wine Hot Fudge.”

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    Amanda @ Food, Fitness, Faith — February 13, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    Hot. Damn. That is all.

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    Ceilidh — February 13, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    I think I actually might hate you right now. OMG. This looks BEYOND amazing.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 13, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    Woooah. These look ridiculously awesome, and as a fellow pink-a-holic, I LOVE the shots of the cherries!

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    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — February 13, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    Waffle cones? Officially one upped.

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    Rachel — February 13, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    This looks divine. Personally, I used croissants in bread & butter pudding!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 13, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    They look incredible and I vividly!!!! remember the croissant post. When I read the title of this, I thought…dear god she did it again. What a glutton for punishment :) I’m happy to see you just used storebought. LOL I love the sprinkles, the pink, the drippiness, the story of how these came to be. So fun!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles — February 13, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    My inner child is in heaven as well with the colors of this sundae not to mention the chocolate filled croissants I often ate from the world famous Zabaar’s in the city. Um and red wine hot fudge? Must try this.

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    DessertForTwo — February 13, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    I can’t even comment on this. I’m just sitting here with my jaw on the floor.

    The pink cherries in the photos slay me. They’re so you! I hope you start a link of baking decor some day. Jessica’s Sprinkles?? You can work in glitter, hot pink cherries and more. Business venture! :)

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    Taylee @ twist me fit — February 13, 2014 @ 9:25 am

    Ahh looks so good :)

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    Tieghan Gerard — February 13, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    Basically all I can think is OMG, these are amazing!! Because they are!

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    Madison — February 13, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    Red Wine Hot Fudge…that MUST be crack for women. I’m scared to make it because I’ll just start drinking it!!!!

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    • Taylor — February 13th, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

      I was thinking this as well….

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    Tara — February 13, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    OMG where did you find pink cherries?? They are amazing!

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    • Jessica — February 13th, 2014 @ 9:35 am

      i get them at my whole foods, the brand is tillen farms and these are their pink blush cherries. totally obsessed. no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, etc. i also LOVE their bada bing cherries.

      http://www.tillenfarms.com/Pink-Blush-Cherries/p/TIL-00373&c=TillenFarms@Cherries

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      • bridget350@gmail.com — February 13th, 2014 @ 10:36 am

        I can’t wait for our whole food to open so I can buy some!!!

      • Tara — February 13th, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

        Hoping the one in East Liberty has them too! Thanks :)

      • Jessica — February 13th, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

        they do! that’s the one i go to.

    • Cate — February 13th, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

      I’m DYING over those cherries!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — February 13, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    This is genius!! Also, where in the world did you find pink cherries like that?!

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    Nora&Laura — February 13, 2014 @ 9:48 am

    Oh my…this just looks amazing!!!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 13, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    This is just…insanity. And I love it. I’m fairly positive the tablespoon of olive oil makes it healthy. That’s what that means, right?

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    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — February 13, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    Adults with inner kid are celebrating because you created this. Loving it!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — February 13, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    Marry me!

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    Kari — February 13, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    I just re-read your original post on making croissants and now I am 100% certain that we are one in the same. It’s Complicated is my favorite movie (Meryl’s kitchen is my DREAM) and the scene when her and Steve martin make croissants after their date is my favorite (and she makes it look SO easy)! Anyways, I love your blog, I love your posts and writing style and I now know that we have about a million and 1 things in common! :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 13, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    You toasted the croissants?! My, my, you know how to get at my heart!

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    Joshua Hampton — February 13, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    Mind. Blown.

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    ATasteOfMadness — February 13, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    Oh wow. I would eat this in a bowl, a plate, off the floor… This looks so freaking good!

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    Ali @ Inspiralized — February 13, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    I’d like this in my face, right now.

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    Jackie — February 13, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    Whaaaaaaaaaa’?! My sprinkle lovin’, heart-shaped adorin’, ice cream-obsessed self has never seen anything more beautiful!

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    Brittany — February 13, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    I want this for my birthday!

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    Steph | Pretty LIttle Things — February 13, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    ummmmm Is this real life?? pinning now! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com

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    Jamie @ Dishing Out Health — February 13, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    OMG the things I would do for this sundae!! You never cease to make me drool, Jessica!

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    Lisa Parker Lott — February 13, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    I LOVE the sprinkles and I also love Steve Tyrell!!!!! And……I love this post too!!!! #HappyThursday

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    Genn — February 13, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    OH my goodness this looks wonderful!!!!! I had no idea you could cook croissants in butter like that!!! Will be doing this very soon!!

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    Tara — February 13, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    oh my god I just love you so much what with the oodles and the wazoo. I wish you were in my kitchen right now to brainstorm nonsense I could throw in my oatmeal. plz come college with me despite your elderly tendencies.

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    Todd @ HonestlyYUM — February 13, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    You just changed my life…

    I owe you.

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    Ace — February 13, 2014 @ 11:45 am

    So when I was a kid we used to go to this EPIC renaissance faire in Maryland, and my favorite dessert there was croissant hot fudge sundaes! It’s the only Ren Faire that I’ve been to (ugh yes I still go) that serves them. They’re so dangerously good. And the croissants are huge, though this is coming from a 10 year old’s memory so maybe they’re not as big as I thought they were. Anyhoodle, amazeballs. What a great recreation.

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — February 13, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    I love everything about this. Crispy croissants? Oh yes.

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    HeatherChristo — February 13, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    this just ROCKED MY WORLD. Now excuse me, I am off to buy pink cherries and sprinkles…

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    Anna Lynn — February 13, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    HOLY PINK CHERRIES!! Where did you get those? I need them in my life!

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    Lindsay — February 13, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    I need those pink cherries in my life!!

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    Amy — February 13, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. This looks INCREDIBLE. I’m totally making this when I get home, cold weather be damned!

    I LOVE croissants like that… cook up a few slices of bacon and that’s been my dinner. No, I’m not ashamed.

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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — February 13, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    These look so cute and fun and delicious! Those pink cherries…OMG. I am completely obsessed with croissants, so this has my name all over it. Also, love how you keep things vague by saying “oodles” of butter. Thanks for that ;)

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    Lisag — February 13, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    Not helping my new year’s resolutions!!

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    JulieD — February 13, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    OMG this is all of my favorites in one…eeek!

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    Laura — February 13, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    Croissants IN a sundae?!?! WHAT? This looks amazing.

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    Krista — February 13, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

    WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE CHERRIES???? I need them. Ahem.

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    Beth @ bethcakes — February 13, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    I just don’t even. Pink cherries + the bowls + the sprinkles. Red wine + hot fudge + crispy croissants. It’s all so good.

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    Melinda — February 13, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    Totally getting the pink cherries on my next trip to Whole Foods!

    As a side note, don’t feel bad about frying the croissants! My college roomates’s grandma used to take Krispy Kreme donuts, slice them in half, butter each side, and stick them in the toaster oven! Moral: Even perfection can be improved upon. :)

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    Marie — February 13, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    It’s so nice to know I’m not the only one with “old person” tendencies. I can basically relate to everything you ever say about this subject :)

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    Michelle — February 13, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

    Can i just say that those pink maraschinos are AMAZING. So pretty :)

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    Connie | URBAN BAKES — February 13, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    This not only looks delish but those pink cherries are adorable! Pretty in pink!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — February 13, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    Basically my brain is no longer functioning. Amazing!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 13, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    Probably the millionth person here to be freaking out over these pink cherries, but OMG THEY’RE PINK. I need them! And then I need to make these sundaes, like, stat. For me and baby. My Valentine can get his own!

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    thefoodverse — February 13, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

    How fitting that those cherries are PINK!

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    TSA — February 13, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

    Sprinkles out the wazoo just killed me. DYING.

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