Cream Puffs Recipe
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Cream Puffs Recipe

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This cream puffs recipe has been in our family forever, literally. When my four daughters were young, they would sell these door-to-door, when they weren’t selling loaves made from my French Bread Recipe.

Of course, nowadays I would never have them go to door-door selling anything. Boy, has life changed, it’s sad, but that’s how it is. This recipe would be great when we need to take an inexpensive dessert to a party or serve a treat for Sunday dinner.

It’s crazy, I looked online for a recipe that looked familiar, but felt they were way too hard to make. I knew I had to find the recipe I have used for years. Oh, the joys of moving and trying to set up in a different kitchen!

As you may know, most of my stuff is in a storage unit right now. That includes most of my cookbooks. So, I started looking for MY Cream Puffs Recipe in my daughter’s cookbooks. Then I remembered before my mom died my sisters and my mother set up a blog on Blogspot. Hooray, I found MY recipe!

I don’t always have whipping cream in the refrigerator, but if by chance I have some available and feel like making a treat, these are so easy to make and fill with a dollop. It’s comforting when you have all the ingredients to make delicious recipes. It looks like you’ve worked all day to make these special desserts, but thank goodness, you didn’t! LOL! You can also fill them with your favorite Instant pudding mix. If you make your own custard, that would be delicious as well.

This cream puffs recipe makes the puff crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. You just fill them with your favorite custard, whipped cream, or instant pudding. They are so good!

Cream Puffs Recipe

Cream Puffs Recipe

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Cream Puffs Recipe Ingredients

  • Water
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Whipping Cream
  • Powdered Sugar/Confectioners’ Sugar

Cream Puffs Recipe

Step One: Gather Ingredients

Gather together all the ingredients so you’re ready to start. I try to make sure my ingredients are as fresh as possible so the end result is something I can be proud of.

Ingredients

Step Two: Preheat Oven – Chose Pan

Preheat the oven to (400°F) = (204°C)degrees. Place the water and butter in the pan and heat them to a boil.

Boil the butter and water

Step Three: Add Flour to Melted Butter

Add the flour and vigorously stir over low heat for 1 minute, or until it forms a ball.

Add The Flour

Step Four: Make a Ball

This is what a “ball” form looks like.

Cream Puffs Recipe

Step Five: Beat in the Eggs

Remove from heat and beat in the eggs all at once. Be sure to beat the mixture until it’s smooth. I placed all the cracked eggs in the 4-cup measuring cup and dumped them all at once into the saucepan.

Add the eggs

Step Six: Drop Dough on Cookie Sheet

Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls about 2-3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. You can also use parchment paper like I did as shown in the picture.

Cream Puffs Recipe

Step Seven: Bake

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until they are puffed up and golden. Let them cool.

Baked Cream Puffs

Finished Product

Cut off the tops and pull out a little of the insides if you need to, then fill them with whipped cream or pudding using a spoon (or use a piping bag and squeeze the mixture inside to fill.) Dust with confectioner’s sugar and refrigerate until serving time. Enjoy.

Cream Puffs Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Cream Puffs Recipe
Cream Puffs Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Cream Puffs
Ingredients
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups butter (original recipe called for margarine)
  • 3 cups flour (I use bread flour)
  • 12 eggs
  • Whipping Cream (I have filled them with instant vanilla pudding as well)
  • Powdered Sugar (Confectioner's Sugar) optional for sprinkling on them
Instructions
Cream Puffs
  1. Preheat oven to (400°F) = (204°C) degrees. Heat water and butter to a boil. Add flour and vigorously stir over low heat for 1 minute, or until it forms a ball. Remove from heat and beat in the eggs all at once, beat until smooth. Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls about 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. You can also use parchment paper. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Let them cool. Cut off tops and pull out insides of puffs, fill with whipped cream or pudding using a spoon (or use a piping bag and squeeze mixture inside to fill). Dust with confectioners' sugar and refrigerate until serving time. Enjoy.

Eclairs
  1. To make eclairs instead of cream puffs: Preheat oven to (400°F) = (204°C) degrees. Heat water and butter to a boil. Add flour and vigorously stir over low heat for 1 minute or until it forms a ball. Remove from heat and beat in eggs all at once, beat until smooth. Shape dough into finger shapes about 4 inches long and 1-1/2-inches wide on an ungreased cookie sheet. You can also use parchment paper. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Let them cool. Cut off tops and pull out insides of the eclair. You can fill them with pudding or whipped cream like you did the cream puffs. Refrigerate until serving time. Enjoy.

Eclair Chocolate Icing
  1. Frost with chocolate icing: Melt 3-ounces unsweetened chocolate and 3 teaspoons butter over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in 3 cups confectioners' sugar and about 6 tablespoons hot water. Beat until smooth. Spoon over the top of the eclair, refrigerate.

How do I store these after making them?

I store them (without the filling) on the counter after baking them with a paper towel. You don’t want to put them in an airtight container or they will become soggy.

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Can I store these after they are filled with whipped cream?

Yes, you can store them in the refrigerator covered lightly with plastic wrap for 1-2 days. But remember, fresh is always best.

Why do my cream puffs go flat?

Next time try lowering the temperature to (375°F) = (190°C). Another reason could be they were not cooked long enough.

What can I fill or serve over these?

  • Whipped Cream
  • Instant Pudding
  • Custard
  • Chicken ala King
  • Creamed Tuna
  • Cream Chipped Beef
  • Fill With Scrambled Eggs
  • Chicken or tuna salad – they make great little sandwiches

What is the difference between a cream puff and an eclair?

Really, the only difference between the two is the shape and what you might use as a filling and topping, the baked product is pretty much the same. When you see eclairs they are a long rectangular shape filled with custard and topped with chocolate icing. The cream puffs are round and filled with whipped cream.

Final Word

Please let me know if you try making my Cream Puffs Recipe, you know I love to hear from you! I’ve always had a sweet tooth, so these little gems are special to satisfy that urge. Life is good when you know how to cook from scratch, right? May God Bless this world, Linda

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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    When I worked at a Nursing Home my Boss let me make these for the residents. We were to go by what the State
    said to cook for them but we cooked what they would eat. We gave them food that they liked and it helped.
    I haven’t made Cream Puffs in years but I keep thinking about it then I want to put a filling in it that is something like
    Lemon or Chocolate. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Hi June, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! I love hearing you were able to make the food items the residents wanted!!! I hadn’t made them in years, oh my gosh, it was so fun! My family sat around the table with sliced cream puffs, some whipped cream, instant banana pudding, and raspberries! We’re going to make them again on Sunday!!!!! Linda

    2. 5 stars
      June:

      As a teen in the 60’s I worked as a aid in a nursing home. It made me so sad to see these elderly men and women going hungry because the home only made what they were told to make and these people would not eat what they were given. I was fired because I made waves over the food they were given and I also confronted the families for not caring for their parents. I am now at the same age as those people were and I have told my family if they ever tried to put me in a nursing home I would run away and although I have a rough time getting around at 71 I will keep that promise. To me Nursing homes are one places where family put their elderly to let them die.

      1. Jackie,
        I totally understand what you are saying. I would see people dumped off and left at the home and it is heart breaking. When I worked at the Nursing home the staff cared I was of course in the kitchen and I talked to my boss and I told her we know these people are NOT leaving by the front door why can’t we give them real food. We made
        things like homemade potato chips, homemade donuts, I made cream puffs my mom came up one afternoon
        and made homemade chocolate pies, things that they would eat. I never looked at the recipes. If I was to have green beans I would get to work before time to clock in and put the beans in a big pot to cook and let them go, I would clock in then when I cooked bacon for breakfast I would cook a extra 1/2 sheet pan for the green beans. All the grease from all the bacon when in the green beans, then the bacon then one or 2 onions that I chopped in the robo coup. I cooked them for 6 hours and they loved them, some asked for seconds. I loved cooking this way for them cause they would eat. Only time I went by what they said was when State was there to inspect. Residents wouldn’t eat.
        The thing with Nursing Homes is the aids are making less than minimum wage ( the trash man makes more than the people taking care of your loved ones) so it was hard to find good help. Also I have seen some of the residents who were awful. One woman cussed everyone all the time, One woman I was helping to feed slapped me,
        and threw water on me. I finished feeding her and went back to the kitchen. Some you can’t help. I have heard this Nursing home is worse now, so I can understand why people dont want to go there. It’s different world if you have seen both sides.

        1. Hi June, wow, you did some great things for the people under your care. Homemade potato chips, homemade donuts, and cream puffs. Green beans taste better in bacon!!! Well, everything tastes great with bacon! LOL! I’m sorry one woman cussed at all the staff, and that you got slapped. Oh, and she threw water on you!! YIKES! My granddaughter worked at a nursing/care center to get her CNA for nursing prep. It was hard she said because so many people didn’t want to be there. The pay is interesting, that’s really too bad. They need good help. Thanks for sharing. Linda

  2. 5 stars
    I love cream puffs! This recipe looks sooo easy! Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to make these with my kids!❤️

  3. Our family loves cream puffs. I have made them for years with everything from cream and pudding to chicken, etc. The sweet variety is really good drizzled with melted chocolate. One year I made them into Swans for our Daughter’s birthday. She loved them! So easy and fun to try! I have always done them beating by hand and have never use a hand blender. I add one egg at a time with the stove turned off until each is incorporated . Bake as you directed and cooled. Opening them up when done is really a necessity.

    1. Hi Cheryl, I love hearing this!! I used to beat the mixture by hand, but my hands are not as strong as they used to be. So I grabbed the hand mixer. I love the idea of making a swan out of the dough!! I have never opened them after baking them. They still look like they just came out of the oven. Maybe it’s where I live? Linda

  4. I used to make cream puffs and eclairs years ago. My husband was just commenting that it’s been a long time since I’ve made any – hint, hint!! Thinking back it’s been well over 33 yrs! Guess I’ll take this post as a nudge.

  5. Yes it could be where you live although when I first made them, we lived in NV. Maybe it was just the way I was taught to make them. No matter what, they are yummy!!! Just fun to play with the dough, though.

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe Linda. I buy canned whipped cream (I can buy chocolate whipped cream this way) and it is so easy to fill a cream puff. I love your recipe it is so easy to make and my family will love it.

    1. Hi Jackie, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend!! Oh my gosh, canned whipping cream would be great! AND they make chocolate whipping cream in a can??? YUMMY! Linda

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