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classic cream puff RECIPE

Classic Cream Puffs

A light airy puff filled with a rich pastry cream
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 212 kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter unsalted
  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 large egg yolk lightly beaten
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • melted chocolate drizzle optional
  • additional confectioners sugar optional


Make the Puffs

  • In a large saucepan, combine water, butter, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Add the flour all at once. Stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with nonstick spray.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  • Drop by ¼ cupfuls onto 2 baking sheets, spacing them 5" apart. Use a second baking sheet, if necessary, to maintain adequate spacing.
  • Combine milk and egg yolk. Stir to mix. Brush the puffs with this mixture.
  • Bake at 400°F until puffs rise and turn a light golden brown, about 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool.

Pastry Cream

  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it thickens.
  • Add sugar and vanilla. Beat until almost stiff.
  • Put cream in a piping bag with a cone tip. Pipe cream into the middle of each puff.
  • Alternatively, split each puff in half, spoon cream into the center, replace the top.
  • Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate sauce over the top of each if desired.


Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 52mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 714IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dessert
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