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

Crispy Croissant Sundaes with Red Wine Hot Fudge I

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.

Crispy Croissant Sundaes with Red Wine Hot Fudge I

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.

Crispy Croissant Sundaes with Red Wine Hot Fudge I

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


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


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

  1. #
    Amy — February 13, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

    I just want red wine hot fudge. In a wine glass. With a straw (because I’m classy like that) and then I will die a happy woman.


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    Stacey — February 13, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    These look so deliciously yummy! I was just wondering where you got the super cute bright pink cherries from?


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    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) — February 13, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

    These are just fun in a bowl. I’ll admit all the sprinkles and prettiness made me giddy with delight and I’m really not a girly girl at all. So glad you correct the plated sundae injustice, so wrong.


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    Amyleigh — February 13, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    So speaking of croissants, one of my favorite ways to eat one involves slicing it in half, putting a piece of cheese on one side and ham on the other, and then broiling it in the oven for a couple of minutes (the cheese must be gooey and bubbling).


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    Dania — February 14, 2014 @ 12:28 am

    This looks deadly, and perfect. Perfectly deadly… and delicious!


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    Katie Levans (honeystuck) — February 14, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    JESS. These are so cute. Pink cherries for life.


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    Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. — February 14, 2014 @ 8:19 am

    This red wine fudge sounds divine! Just made an amazing red wine cake, so these too will go together perfectly!


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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 14, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    These look insane. I really need to try maing my own croissants because if it’s like everything else in life that you normally buy at the store – it’s much MUCH better homemade. And then I can make these sundaes ;-)


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    Mimi — February 14, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    Wow. Happy valentines day to me! And you!


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    Jenn — February 14, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    loving the PINK maraschino cherries, I’ve never seen them outside of the traditional red and green colors.


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    cheri — February 14, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    Funny story. Great looking sundae!


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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — February 14, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    Totally worth the splurge on fat for V-day! LOVE it Jessica!


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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — February 14, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    Yes to the red wine fudge; sounds divine. And as for croissants, I’ve long felt they’ve been ignored or at least have felt that way since using them for a grilled cheese. Maybe they need to be used in ways that ADD MORE BUTTER to get their full effect…so I’m in!


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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — February 14, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

    Ha! OMG now you got “Today I met the boy I’m going to marry” stuck in my head!!! I love the music from Father of the Bride… so perfect. I still cry every single time he gives her away….. Anyway…. amazing! Who knew croissants could get this much better!


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    Monica — February 15, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    What a gorgeous dessert, Jessica! I saw this on Instagram and those pink cherries are just so beautiful (I showed them to everyone and everyone swooned; thanks for sharing where you got them). Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! :)


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    Larry — February 15, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

    OH MY LANTA. These look so effing good. I swear. You. Are. Genius.


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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — February 16, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    OMG x1000 These are the most genius things EVER!!!


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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — March 2, 2014 @ 5:56 pm

    Did I mention I love you? Like for the 80 millionth time? Crispy croissants sound brilliant. I must have this.


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    Laura's Culinary Adventures — March 21, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    Buttery carbs and ice cream? It’s a beautiful marriage of my two favorite comfort foods! Get me a spoon!



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