Cream puffs with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle over the top.
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Cream Puffs

As Nancy puts it, a Cream Puff is a celebratory, comforting thing. And what a wonderful way to recall a recipe that she learned at her mother’s side before mental health concerns altered the mother daughter relationship.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cream puffs
Servings: 24 cream puffs
Calories: 98kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Heat oven to 450˚F.
  • In a medium sauce pan, combine water and butter. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the flour and salt. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the dough comes away from the side of the pan, about 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Add one egg beating with a wooden spoon until the egg is completely incorporated. Repeat with the remaining eggs, adding one at a time and beating until completely incorporated.
  • Drop batter by the spoonful 1 1/2-inches apart on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the puffs to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  • When ready to fill, beat the whipping cream and powdered sugar until medium peaks form. Spoon cream into a pastry bag with a star tip.
  • Using a serrated knife, slice off the top quarter of the puffs.
  • Fill the bottom of each puff with whipped cream and replace the top.
  • Serve with your favorite chocolate sauce, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or plain.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg