Classic Italian Cornetto Recipe

Embrace the Italian morning tradition with our Cornetto recipe. This sweet, flaky pastry, paired with espresso, offers a perfect start to your day.
A plate of four classic Italian Cornetti dusted with powdered sugar, placed on a white surface with a light dusting of powdered sugar around them.

As an architect in Milan, Luca starts his mornings with a sense of tradition and a boost of energy from a Cornetto and a strong espresso. This Italian pastry, similar to a croissant but sweeter, is a staple of Luca’s morning routine. The process of making Cornetti from scratch provides a comforting start to the day, reminiscent of the warmth of his family home in Rome. Luca loves the city’s morning energy, which he embraces with this delightful pastry before diving into the busy world of architecture.

A plate of croissants dusted with powdered sugar sits on a marble countertop, reminiscent of a classic Italian Cornetto recipe, with a circular sprinkle of powdered sugar surrounding the plate.

Classic Italian Cornetto Recipe

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A classic Italian breakfast pastry, Cornetto is similar to a croissant but with a sweeter and softer texture, often enjoyed with a strong espresso.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rise Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Meal Type Breakfast
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 284 kcal
Difficulty Medium
Ingredient Cost $2.50
Shopping Cost$32


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk warm
  • 2 teaspoons yeast active, dry
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk and let it sit for 5 minutes.
    1/2 cup milk, 2 teaspoons yeast
  • Add sugar, salt, melted butter, beaten egg, and vanilla extract to the yeast mixture. Stir well.
    1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup unsalted butter, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Gradually add flour, mixing until a dough forms. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
    2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cover the dough and let it rise for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a thin rectangle.
  • Cut the dough into triangles and roll each triangle from the base to the tip to form a crescent shape.
  • Place the cornetti on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let them rise for another 20 minutes.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
    Powdered sugar


For a richer flavor, fill the cornetti with chocolate, jam, or custard before rolling.
Serve warm with a cup of espresso for an authentic Italian breakfast.


Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 285IUVitamin C: 0.003mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Breakfast, Cornetto, Espresso, Italian Pastry, Traditional Recipe

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