Simple and Easy Cream Puffs

Don’t be afraid to make Cream Puffs!  These little treats are so easy to make and taste as good, if not better than store bought ones!

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Mmmmm Cream Puffs!

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!

Simple and Easy Cream Puffs

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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!  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.  

Look at that!  A real cream puff.  That I made from scratch!  Amazing! 😉

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Simple and Easy Cream Puffs


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs


  • After they have cooled completely you can put the filling of your choice.
  • For these I just forced a tip and piped in whipped cream. Then I froze ours because we love the cream puffs at Costco that you eat slightly frozen.


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Add the butter to the water and stir until it is melted.
  4. Add the flour and salt all at once to the water mix.
  5. Stir until a ball is formed.
  6. Remove from heat, and add 1 egg. Beat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the remaining eggs 1 at a time, and beat after each addition.
  8. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Drop the dough on to a cookie sheet 1 of 2 ways:

  1. 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!
  2. Use a heaping tbsp for each puff. (See picture below.) Make sure they are about 2 inches apart.

  3. Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Start checking them around 20 minutes. Mine took 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

There are so many possibilities for delicious fillings! Vanilla Cream, Custard, Coconut Cream, Lemon Cream, Chocolate Cream, Strawberry Cream. So many possibilities!

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Simple and Easy Cream Puffs

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!

Simple and Easy Cream Puffs


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!  You should try them!  Don’t be scared!  They are simple & so goooood!

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Oh, and if you loved this recipe…you might also enjoy these S’more Cream Puffs!  Find the recipe here.

S'more Cream Puffs {A Pretty Life}
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Have a delicious day!
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  • Reply Bronwyn June 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM 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!
  • Reply Ali Richardson June 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM Cute, yummy, & easy. What more could a girl need!?
    • Reply Sam December 7, 2015 at 12:09 PM If they puffed up until they came out of oven then they just didn't quite cook long enough, but if they never puffed up they were mixed or piped wrong :)
  • Reply Karyn - Pint Sized Baker June 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM 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.
    • Reply marilyn November 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM Hi, I see you made the cream puffs and am wondering how hard they are to stir. I made some when I was in my twenties and had to have my husband stir them for me. Now, much older, would I be able to stir them myself at 76? Thank you. Marilyn
      • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 16, 2015 at 9:05 AM Hi Marilyn! I didn't find the dough too hard to stir at all, so I hope it would be fine for you! Good luck! :)
      • Reply Rachael ferguson March 9, 2017 at 2:35 PM Try an electric mixer with a dough hook on stir. It's the same thing as doing it by hand.
  • Reply Kathie (Krafty Kat) June 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM These look delicious- will have to try! Pinned them to my Yummy board!
  • Reply Jelli June 17, 2012 at 1:46 AM 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!
  • Reply THE FARMHOUSE PORCH June 17, 2012 at 6:41 AM Yum-o!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to try this!
  • Reply Beth @ duffiebyday June 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM 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.
  • Reply Molly B June 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM my mom used to make them all the time for her restaurant. . .stuffed with homemade chicken salad. . .so GOOD!!!!!!!
    • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs June 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM Oh that sounds so yummy! I've never thought about savoury fillings - I'm going to have to try this!
  • Reply Cat Greenham July 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM After reading your post I have decided to try making them. They are in the oven as I type, fingers crossed! :)
  • Reply Danielle February 22, 2013 at 3:32 AM 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.
  • Reply Tara May 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM 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.
    • Reply Jo-Anna May 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM 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!
  • Reply Olivia December 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM How many does it make?
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM Hi Olivia! The recipe makes about 30 puffs. Enjoy!
  • Reply girlfromwva December 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM 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!
  • Reply Kathy July 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM Do you let it stand for 5 minutes between adding each of the 4 eggs?
  • Reply Michaela November 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM i just made these and almost immediately after coming out of the oven, they deflated and are completely flat. :( I followed the directions to a t. Any suggestions?
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM Hi Michaela! I'm not sure why they deflated...this has never happened to me. But I did a little search and saw that rapid cooling can sometimes make them deflate?
    • Reply Lee March 3, 2016 at 5:13 PM Yes, they do deflate, but once you fill them, they are poofed up with custard. Sprinkle with Icing sugar!
  • Reply Robyn Kaye November 24, 2014 at 6:15 PM Hey, Jo-Anna! Just wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe. I used it to make creme puffs for a potluck at work and they were a huge success. People were even asking me if they were store-bought! Keep up the good work :)
  • Reply Diane December 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM It has been a long time since I made these...but what better treat for my crafter's luncheon tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.
  • Reply mel January 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM My dough is really sticky is that normal?
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife January 9, 2015 at 1:58 PM Hi Mel! Yes definitely! It's a really sticky dough! I hope they turn out for you!
  • Reply Stephanie January 25, 2015 at 11:54 AM This is my new go to recipe! I've made it a few times now, and they've come out perfect every time. I find if you're at a higher elevation, leaving the dough for longer than 10 minutes helps with the consistency, letting you be able to form balls free handed. And the possibilities for flavors are endless. I've also used this recipe to make mini eclairs. Perfection.
  • Reply BobEChef January 28, 2015 at 3:01 PM Great recipe! People are thinking it's hard because the "old fashioned" way they used a double boiler to make the pastry.
  • Reply Teneal March 18, 2015 at 2:24 PM Hi do you need to wait 5 mins after each egg?
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 18, 2015 at 2:49 PM Hi Teneal! No, you just have to wait 5 minutes after the addition of the first egg - this really is just to let the batter cool down a bit before adding the remaining eggs. After the initial 5 minutes, you can add the remaining eggs, but one at a time, and beat the batter after each egg is added. Good luck!
      • Reply christy June 18, 2015 at 11:23 PM When you say "beat" after each egg, can I do that by hand or would an electric mixer be better?
        • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife June 22, 2015 at 3:52 PM Hi Christy! I always use an electric mixer when I'm baking - I just find the mixing is much more consistent. Happy baking!
  • Reply sheryl April 2, 2015 at 8:22 AM So do I use self rising flour ?
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife April 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM Hi Sheryl! No, I just used regular all-purpose flour. Happy baking! Jo-Anna
  • Reply Nancy April 15, 2015 at 2:17 PM Mine did not rise. They look like cookies. Don't know what I did wrong
  • Reply Toni April 15, 2015 at 7:42 PM this is the recipe I have been using for years, so I wanted to share our favorite filling... Cannoli filling with powdered sugar on top!
  • Reply Dannica May 9, 2015 at 4:38 PM I really enjoy the smell of grits and eggs. When I was mixing the first egg into the dough, it smelled almost exactly like it. Brought back memories of my own mother making those every Monday morning. My favorite filling is homemade whipped cream.
  • Reply Dannica May 9, 2015 at 5:40 PM When I cooked them, mine deflated to.
  • Reply Rachel Lee August 2, 2015 at 9:55 PM I was very skeptical of this recipe because I always thought these would be so hard to make. Mine puffed up perfectly and tasted great! They were a hit and I have made them several times since!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife August 21, 2015 at 2:32 PM Yay! I'm so happy they turned out for you...often people think they're hard to make but they're really not!
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  • Reply Ms. Sweetpie August 17, 2015 at 7:46 AM Mine turned out flat and tasted like egg. It also tasted quite salty. I did my best to follow the instructions so how come it was not airy and crunchy?? Maybe because I used margerine maybe? I was disheartened and wouldn't make this anytime soon,
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      • Reply Summer December 17, 2016 at 7:05 PM When making the puffs let them cool.. Cut off tops and pull out dough inside and fill with choice of filling
  • Reply Dee October 30, 2015 at 9:48 AM Do I use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe? And for those that have had deflated puffs, one reason could be that your oven wasn't hot enough or you took them out too early. And no. Margarine does not work. Only butter. The best!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 2, 2015 at 11:10 AM Hi Dee! I always use salted butter for my recipes! Happy baking!
  • Reply Angela Arnone December 26, 2015 at 12:19 PM I love making the cream puffs. I have 1 problem. Since I always make them around the holidays with so many other things to do, can I make the shells and freeze them for another time. I don't know if I have to bake them first then freeze them? Do I make the dough and place them on a cookie sheet in a shell form and freeze them ? But if I freeze them uncooked, do they have to defrost before I bake them or do I bake them frozen? If I bake them frozen at what temperature and for how long? PLEASE if you can e-mail me the answers to these questions it would be a great help.
  • Reply Courtney February 20, 2016 at 8:37 AM I have a batch in the oven as I am typing. I am so nervous about them. This is the first time I have made them, I have always loved them but thought they were near impossible to make! i sure hope they turn out for my family dinner today!!
    • Reply Courtney February 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM I am also making a whipped cream cheese vanilla filling for them!
  • Reply mj March 21, 2016 at 10:37 AM mine where like cream flats
  • Reply Suzanne March 26, 2016 at 12:59 PM Mine are in the oven too. Making cream puff swans for Easter dinner. They are puffing up finally. Keeping my fingers crossed. I am going to try cooling them in the oven to help prevent deflating from rapid cooling.
  • Reply Chloe September 11, 2016 at 4:16 PM How many do they make approximately
  • Reply Noor October 1, 2016 at 10:06 PM Hi, thanks so much for this recipe! Made the pâte a choux and piped it on the baking sheet with a star tip for a little extra flare and brushed with egg wash before baking. I then filled them with a homemade vanilla bean creme patisserie and drizzled with chocolate and they were a huge hit! My one question is: are they supposed to be quite soft when baked and cooled and filled properly? Or are they supposed to be crisp? Thanks:)
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife October 3, 2016 at 1:03 PM Hi Noor! I'm happy to hear the recipe worked out well for you, we just love them! As for the softness of them, this really can depend on how you like them. When I make them I don't make them too crisp but that's more because we like them kind of soft. I think either works!
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  • Reply Ines October 14, 2016 at 7:26 AM A great advice that was given to me once about cream puffs, after adding the flour to the boiling water, stir and cook till till there is a film on the bottom of the pan. This may take a couple of minutes. Also, the if you are using extra large or jumbo eggs, the puffs may flatten. The dough should form peaks when you lift the beaters. They should bake at least 30 minutes without opening the oven. Sometimes I have my puffs cook an extra 5 minutes.
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  • Reply Betty torma December 23, 2016 at 3:07 PM When you take the out of the oven use a sharp knife to put a little hole in them. This will let the steam escape and they won't fall. Mine have always been soft
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  • Reply Jo Ann March 24, 2017 at 6:40 PM I am wondering if I could use this recipe for Boston Creme Puffs?
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  • Reply Bj Pettegrow July 4, 2017 at 7:28 AM I have made cream puffs for years and I found if there were any droplet of water on the outside of the puff they weren't done enough and deflated. As they cook you will see these droplets on the puff. I have also filled the puff with ham salad or crabmeat for parties.
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  • Reply Zhuzhu July 28, 2017 at 1:21 PM Is it 375 degrees F or C???
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  • Reply linda keintz November 11, 2017 at 4:46 PM How many does this recipe make!? I actually just made homemade vanilla pudding from scratch it's in the refrigerator I plan on making the cream puffs tomorrow morning to take to my in-laws for dinner
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 12, 2017 at 12:08 PM Hi! I hope I caught your question in time! This recipe will make at least 24 medium sized puffs. If you want them smaller, you can make 36 or more. Good luck!
  • Reply Julie November 22, 2017 at 5:34 PM Thank you so much for the recipe! Mine turn out great, i love it! Thank you so much!
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