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If Costco's Out Of Fresh Croissants, Here's How To Amp Up The Frozen Ones
By Arianna Endicott
Although Costco's Kirkland Signature buttery croissants are baked fresh daily in each store's bakery, they may be quick to sell out. Thankfully, per lifestyle blogger Camille Styles, buying frozen croissants from the Au Pain Doré brand can make your trip to Costco worthwhile, as each box contains 30 ready-to-bake croissants from a Montreal, Canada-based bakery.
While the Au Pain Doré website suggests thawing the croissants for 20 minutes and baking them six to a tray for 18 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, Styles recommends brushing each croissant with an egg wash and baking them in the air fryer. Styles' method will efficiently ensure each croissant achieves a perfectly flaky, golden-brown exterior.
To test the air fryer trick, TikTok user @anguswannnn let two croissants rest out of the freezer for half an hour, brushed some egg white on each, and baked them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in an air fryer for only "half the time" recommended on the box. He noted that they came out "a tad dark," but he enjoyed the crispy exterior contrasted with the fluffy, buttery interior.
The vlogger said that the air frying method is ideal for when you're only craving a few at a time and a great alternative to buying Costco's fresh croissants, which are sold by the dozen for $5.99. The Au Pain Doré boxes don't feature air fryer instructions, so it may take some extra experimentation with the baking time to achieve the perfect croissant with your air fryer.