Maybe you live near a fantastic bakery. But then again, maybe you don't. You can make the classic pastries you love, like croissants, donuts, brioche, bear claws, and danish, at home with popular pastry recipes and lots of baking tips.

Staff Picks

Raspberry Pain au Chocolat (Raspberry Chocolate Croissants)

Rating: 4.58 stars
Flaky puff pastry is filled with chocolate-hazelnut spread and all-fruit raspberry spread in this delectable treat. I concocted this on a whim one afternoon, and after one bite, I knew it was one for the books! Simple, elegant, and delicious.

Plain Cake Doughnuts

Rating: 4.38 stars
A simple cake doughnut lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Coat with cinnamon-sugar, or a confectioners' sugar glaze.


Rating: 4.11 stars
A fresh brioche can be served with jelly or other preserves to accompany tea or coffee, or with pate or hors d'oeuvre. The tops of the small ones can easily be pulled away, giving space for a sweet or savory filling. Brioche dough can also be used for wrapping other ingredients such as beef for boeuf-en-croute, a salmon filling for a koulibiaca, or a spicy garlic sausage.

Apple Turnovers

Rating: 4.63 stars
Delicious, yet so easy to make. Anyone can do these classic apple turnovers!

Danish Cinnamon Snails

Rating: 4.48 stars
Americans would call these cinnamon rolls--but this version is the original Danish version and it's absolutely wonderful. They are traditionally served with coffee or tea at Christmas time, and they are to die for!

Apple Cheese Danish

Rating: 4.33 stars
This is a great recipe and looks like it came from a professional bakery. It isn't hard--just a little time-consuming.

Almond Bear Claws

Rating: 4.73 stars
These flaky Danish pastries are a time-consuming project, but they're a perfect way to show people how much you love them! I like serving them at special brunches. The puff pastry dough and almond filling can be made ahead of time, and the pastries can be frozen before baking.

Traditional Layered French Croissants

Rating: 4.39 stars
Crisp buttery outer layers and a soft, delicate interior make these delectable croissants melt in your mouth.

Jelly Doughnuts

Rating: 4.33 stars
You can use any flavor of jelly or jam to make this recipe. Serve plain, sugared, or frosted.


Rating: 4.8 stars
Pronounced 'queen-a-mahn,' kouign-amann wouldn't be one of the world's greatest pastries if it also weren't a legendary labor of love. The irresistible combination of sweet, salty, sticky, buttery, crispy, flaky, and tender is something you must experience to believe. Made with bread flour, the dough is a little different from croissants or puff pastry. Salt is also key here; the authentic ones are about as savory as they are sweet.

Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate-Filled Croissant)

Rating: 4.37 stars
This light, flaky French-style croissant roll is filled with delicious chocolate. The entire family will love it! Using the bread machine saves a lot of energy.

Old World Poppy Seed Roll

Rating: 4.34 stars
Tender, soft, sweet yeast bread swirled with a creamy homemade poppy seed filling. Growing up, my mother and aunts always made this Eastern European bread for Easter and Christmas. Looks complicated, but is easy enough to make for an Old-World treat. I like it best after the second day.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Best Pastries
Okay, pastry people, this one's for you! We've picked a bakery shop's worth of Chef John's most impressive pastry and breakfast goodies.
Bake These Fabulous Mexican Pastries
Panaderías, or bread bakeries, and pastelerías, or pastry shops, are abundant and there are thousands of types of Mexican sweet breads, cakes, cookies, and other treats. 

Monkey Bread I

Rating: 4.74 stars

Refrigerated biscuits with cinnamon bake in a tube pan. My 7 year old daughter, Leah, loves her Monkey Bread. Enjoy!