Cream Puffs

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I’ve been making these cream puffs for years. They are definitely a family favorite and possibly my most requested recipe from friends and family. You can also make them a few days in advance and freeze until you are ready to serve them.

Yes, cream puffs take a little bit of time to prepare but it is a simple process. I must warn you though, once your friends and family have tried them they may request them at every get together. 😉

5 from 2 votes

Cream Puffs

Servings 20



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. sugar


  • 1 5.1 oz box vanilla OR chocolate instant pudding Chocolate = 5.9 oz box
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 8 oz. container frozen whipped topping

Toppings (Optional)

  • powdered sugar
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips


To Make the Dough

  1. Bring water and butter to a rolling boil in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Let cool for about 30 minutes.

  3. After the flour mixture has cooled, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs one at a time being sure that each egg is completely mixed in before adding another egg. 

  4. Beat in vanilla and sugar.

Baking the Puffs

  1. Preheat oven to 425°

  2. Drop dough by tablespoons onto a baking sheet. I use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough and a baking stone. I've never had any problems with the dough sticking. Both work very well.

  3. Bake for 22-23 minutes. Puffs should be golden brown. Hint: If your puffs seem doughy on the inside remove them at 20 minutes, poke each cream puff on the side with a fork then bake for another 3 minutes. This will help dry them out. Sometimes it can be a science learning your oven and how it bakes. 

  4. Allow puffs to cool while you prepare the filling.


  1. Whisk together pudding mix and milk. (Note: If you are making chocolate filling instead of vanilla be sure to add 3 more Tablespoons of milk.) Whisk in whipped topping. 

    Side note: We can't decide which flavor we like best so I usually make a double batch and make both fillings.

  2. You can use a pastry bag to fill the cooled puffs or you can split them in half and scoop the filling in. You may have more puffs than filling. I like having extra puffs just in case some of the shells aren't as pretty.


  1. Sprinkle powdered sugar on before serving or melt chocolate chips and drizzle over the top.

Recipe Notes

Store in the refrigerator or freeze until serving.

I hope your family enjoys them as much as we do.

Let me know if you try them. 🙂



5 thoughts on “Cream Puffs

  1. They look delicious! I always have trouble with the dough. I am going to try your recipe and follow your steps next time I attempt them. i also didn’t know you could freeze them. Thanks for sharing this tip.

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