Simple and Easy Cream Puffs

Mmmmm Cream Puffs
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I have an idea that involves these little treats, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
But first, I’ll share the basic recipe… and stay tuned for a fun and scrumptious little twist to the cream puff!
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Now, don’t be afraid to make these…I have always wanted to make cream puffs, but was afraid to. Why?  I’m not sure.  They are surprisingly so easy!

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And I know this seems kind of weird to say, but they are actually cream puffs.
Like the ones you buy in stores.  A real cream puff.  Hmm.

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Look at that!  A real cream puff.  That I made from scratch!  Amazing! ;)
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Simple and Easy Cream Puffs
 
Serves: Makes about 30.
Ingredients
Cream Puffs:
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
Fillings:
  • After they have cooled completely you can put in the filling of your choice.
  • For these I just forced in a tip, and piped in whipped cream. Then I froze ours because we love the cream puffs at Costco that you eat slightly frozen.
Instructions
  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the butter to the water and stir until it is melted.
  3. Add the flour and salt all at once to the water mix.
  4. Stir until a ball is formed.
  5. Remove from heat, and add 1 egg. Beat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the remaining eggs 1 at a time, and beat after each addition.
  7. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  8. Drop the dough on to a cookie sheet 1 of 2 ways: (I used a heaping tbsp for each puff) See picture below. Make sure they are about 2 inches apart.
  9. You can drop with a spoon OR put the dough into a ziplock bag, snip the corner off, and pipe the dough on to the cookie sheet. This is the method I chose!
  10. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Start checking them around 20 minutes. Mine took 30 minutes.
Notes
There are so many possibilities for delicious fillings!
Vanilla Cream Custard
Coconut Cream
Lemon Cream
Chocolate Cream
Strawberry Cream
Oh the possibilites!
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When I piped these on to the cookie sheet, honestly, I just couldn’t imagine that they were going to come out looking like anything resembling a cream puff.
But to my surprise they did!
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I love that this is such an easy recipe to make, and I will absolutely be making them again.
The best part is that I know what ingredients are in them (no chemicals or additives like store bought),
and they taste SO good!
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You should try them!  Don’t be scared!  They are simple & so goooood!
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Have a delicious day!

Comments

  1. Hmm…I always thought they’d be hard to make, too. Looks easy. Maybe I’ll make some for next weekend’s family BBQ. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cute, yummy, & easy. What more could a girl need!?

  3. Those turned out wonderful. I’ve wanted to make them, but have been too scared to. Thanks for sharing. I found you through Weekend Wrap Up.

  4. These look delicious- will have to try! Pinned them to my Yummy board!

  5. I love making these! They really are a breeze to bake and fill. Most people would never guess the ease of these yummy and oh-so-tempting delights. Love ‘em!

  6. Yum-o!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to try this!

  7. Wow, this really does seem simple… I was under the impression I would be folding butter into dough for hours if I wanted to make these at home. I am going to give this a go, they look lovely and oh so french.

  8. my mom used to make them all the time for her restaurant. . .stuffed with homemade chicken salad. . .so GOOD!!!!!!!

  9. After reading your post I have decided to try making them. They are in the oven as I type, fingers crossed! :)

  10. These look beautiful. So, I’m trying it… I just put a batch in the oven,but noticed that they were extremely runny…i used cake flour, was I supposed to use self raising flour, or could it be because I didn’t let it rest before piping it??? Please help.

  11. I was surprised at the amount of dough that was created. Almost didnt have enough room on the cookie sheet for all of them! Some of them are definitely closer together than 2 inches apart, but they look good. Thanks for the recipe!! Will make these again for sure.

    • Hi Tara! I have to admit that I was too – I thought when I saw the dough that there was no way these things were going to puff up, let alone make enough for everyone, but boy was I surprised! And the fact that they’re so easy too! Loved that!

  12. How many does it make?

  13. girlfromwva says:

    This recipe is almost exactly like the one my Mom used to use! I love that it is a simple recipe! Thanks so much! She would put chocolate pudding inside with dusted powdered sugar on top or she would put lemon pudding inside with chocolate frosting on top!!! Always delicious!

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