The Magic of Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs

In our family, we have had some lofty goals as far as what we wanted to be when we grew up.  My sister wanted to be an Avon lady, and my daughter wanted to be a pink kitty. When I was young, I set my sights on being a magician.  The reason I wanted to be a magician was because I couldn’t stand it that I didn’t know how they did their tricks.  I figured if I became one of them, I would find out how they sawed people in half, pulled rabbits out of people’s ears, etc.  I never quite reached my goal until this week.  Making these cream puffs made me feel like a magician!  You place this blob of dough onto a baking sheet, and 25 minutes later, you have a beautiful pastry that is hollow inside, just waiting to be filled with all kinds of yummy things.  And thanks to Google, you can also find out why this works (it has to do with the liquid vaporizing and the steam stretching the dough before it solidifies).  The amazing part is that they are so simple, so easy, and so quick to make.  You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now to make them!

Cream Puffs

My grandma used to make cream puffs.  My mom has my grandma’s recipe, and she and I have talked about trying to make them for years, but for some reason we got the impression that they were really difficult, so we never did.  Then I saw a recipe for cream puffs on Whisked Away, and Jamie talked about how easy it was.  I thought it must be a different recipe, but her post gave me courage to try it.  I am so glad I did.  I had them made and in the oven in 10 minutes.  It wasn’t difficult at all.  And then I looked at my grandma’s recipe, and it was almost the exact same one.  So I’m not sure why we were under the impression they were hard.  I have made them twice now, and they turned out both times.  You don’t even need a mixer.  All you have to do is boil water and butter together, and whisk in flour, sugar, vanilla, and eggs.  It turns into a big gloopy mess, but that is normal.  I couldn’t believe that this was going to turn into cream puffs!

Cream Puffs

After that, scoop balls of dough onto a cookie sheet.

Cream Puffs

Bake for about 25-30 minutes, and abracadabra, you have tiny little hot air balloons,

Cream Puffs

just waiting to be filled!

Cream Puffs

I kept thinking of all kinds of things that would be good as filling, but this time I just used sweetened whipped cream.

Cream Puffs

They were so good!  You can also drizzle chocolate ganache over the top if you want to make them even more decadent.

Cream Puffs

Either way, you are absolutely going to love these.  Bake them for your family, or friends, and prepare for them to be amazed!  We’ll just keep it between us how easy they are to make.  After all, we magicians can’t give away our secrets! 🙂

Cream Puffs

  • Servings: approximately 12 depending on the size of your scoop
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the Cream Puffs:

  • 1/2 c butter (1 stick)
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat water and butter until it begins to boil.
  3. Without removing from the heat, gradually add flour and whisk until smooth.  Remove from heat.
  4. Whisk in sugar and vanilla.
  5. Add eggs in one at a time, whisking well after each egg before adding the next.
  6. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Use a 1 or 2 Tbsp. scoop, depending on the size puffs you want, to scoop out a ball of dough and place at least one inch apart.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, depending on size of scoops, until puffed and lightly browned.
  9. Transfer to a cooling rack and split along the side to release any moisture.
  10. When they are completely cooled, cut off the top third of the cream puff.
  11. Fill with sweetened whipped cream.
  12. Place top back on, and drizzle with cooled ganache, if desired.

For the Sweetened Whipped Cream:

  • 1 quart whipping cream
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Place wire attachment on stand mixer.
  2. Pour whipping cream into bowl of stand mixer (to make it whip up faster, chill bowl ahead of time).  Whip at high-speed until cream is thick and holds peaks.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla, and mix until incorporated.
  4. Use a piping bag or spoon to fill cream puffs.

For the Chocolate Ganache Drizzle:

  • 12 oz. chocolate chips (use good quality, Ghiradelli recommended)
  • 1 c whipping cream
  1. Place chocolate chips in heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat whipping cream in medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly until very hot, and at boiling point.
  3. Pour over chocolate chips.  Let sit 10 minutes.
  4. Stir until mixed and glossy.
  5. Let cool and then place in a piping bag or baggy, and drizzle over cream puffs.

Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally found on Whisked Away 







About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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20 Responses to The Magic of Cream Puffs

  1. I really need to make cream puffs or profiteroles those look wonderful.

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! I was totally surprised at how easy they were. Now watch, next time I make them they will not turn out! 🙂 Anyway, I hope you do get a chance to try them. So good to see you!

  2. nancyc says:

    These are so pretty! I love cream puffs, but have never made them–now seeing these makes me want to try! 🙂

  3. Wow you are a magician! I didn’t know that these were easy? Pinning!

    • Shari says:

      Thanks, Julie! They really were so easy and quick. With your expertise at bread making, they would be an absolute breeze for you. I appreciate the Pin!

  4. Vicki says:

    Thank you Shari. Grandma would be proud! And you are a magician in the kitchen!

  5. They look delicious! This recipe reminds me of my childhood – my mother used to make these puffs. For the filling, I remember she made a vanilla creme with eggs and milk, very slowly cooked on the stove. Yummy! When my mother comes to visit me, I want to try them again. 🙂

  6. cheri says:

    I love these Shari, I always thought they were hard to make as well, thanks for demystifying the cream puff.

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Cheri! I hope you get a chance to try them sometime. They were a lot of fun to make! How is Oregon? It has been really hot and humid here the last 2 or 3 weeks.

  7. NO WAY!!! They are THAT easy? I always thought they would be fussy and, to be honest, why invest all that time when they’re eaten in 10 minutes anyway?

    We’re having a family gathering in September, and I’m bringing this recipe with me. (I’d like to say I’d bring the finished product with me, but these treats will never survive the car ride…)

    Also, I loved your story about wanting to be a magician. Nicely done!

    • Shari says:

      Yes, they are really that easy! I was so surprised. I hope you get a chance to try them. When I made them again, I filled some with whipped chocolate ganache, but didn’t post that here as the recipe would have been a mile long. Those were my favorite so far. I still want to try filling them with vanilla cream or custard, too. Thanks so much for your encouraging words, Ruth! It’s always nice to see you here.

  8. Loretta says:

    I’ve always shied away from making cream puffs; here you’ve made it look so easy, will definitely have to give that a try. I love the delicate nature of these beauties, they just melt in your mouth.

    • Shari says:

      So many people have responded that they were afraid to tackle cream puffs, too. Hopefully it wasn’t just a fluke for me. But Jamie at Whisked Away said she has tried it several times and it worked every time. They do just melt in your mouth. Thanks so much for stopping by, Loretta!

  9. We made these a few days ago and they are DEE-LISH!!!

    OK, I myself didn’t make them, my sister did, but they were sooo good. Long story, but we didn’t make chocolate drizzle, so we used a fresh strawberry coulis instead. Heavenly!

    We had a family get-together this past weekend, and these cream puffs were the only dessert people talked about. Thanks for helping to make our weekend special. 🙂

    • Shari says:

      Oh, you made my day, Ruth! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed them. I bet the strawberry coulis was delicious on top of the cream puffs. What a great idea! I’m glad they worked out. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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