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Cream Puffs Recipe (VIDEO)

Cream Puffs are a classic French dessert filled with sweet cream and dusted with powdered sugar. You haven’t enjoyed a cream puff until you’ve tried one freshly baked. The Choux pastry dough is easier than you think; just watch the video tutorial.

If you have made our Classic Eclairs, then you already know how to make these. The dough is the same and this cream puff recipe has an even easier filling.

Cream Puffs filled with cream on cutting board dusted with powdered sugar and garnished with raspberries

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Cream Puff Recipe:

Cream puffs are an iconic and well loved pastry that can be found in French bakeries, but they are surprisingly easy to master at home. They require simple, inexpensive ingredients, about 1 hour of your time and basic kitchen tools:

Ingredients for cream puffs recipe

What is Choux Pastry?

Choux Pastry (also known as Pâte à Choux) is a French pastry dough. It is pronounced “shoo pastry.” It sounds fancy but it is surprisingly easy to make and requires simple ingredients. Choux pastry is also used to make:

  • Eclairs filled with custard and dipped in chocolate
  • Profiteroles (like cream puffs but filled with ice cream, drizzled with chocolate ganache and frozen)
  • Churros which are deep fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar

Choux Pastry shells filled with cream and raspberries

Can I Store the Cream Puffs Before Filling?

The shells can be made a day or 2 ahead. Let them cool to room temperature, cover lightly and store at room temperature. They tend to soften if made ahead.

To re-crisp the shell: bake uncovered in a preheated oven at 300˚F for about 5 minutes. Once cream puffs are filled, they are best enjoyed the same day or frozen.

Can I Freeze Cream Puffs?

When freezing filled cream puffs, be sure to fill the cream into the center of the cream puffs, or cut off tops and add just enough cream so it is completely covered and hidden with the lid. You want to have the cream contained.

To thaw frozen cream puffs: leave them for 2 hours in the refrigerator, or 30 minutes at room temperature then dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

Stacked cream puffs ready for freezing

Why do Cream Puffs Deflate?

There are 2 reasons cream puffs can deflate and go flat:

  1. Opening the oven early – the loss of heat hinders their ability to rise
  2. Under-baking – causes collapse shortly after removing from oven

Note: If making larger 2″ wide cream puffs, you will get 18 cream puffs which need to be baked longer (10 min at 425˚F then 25 minutes at 325˚F).

To test for doneness: The color is the best indicator of color and they should be deeply golden. You can take 1 cream puff out at the recommended time and break it open, the center should be mostly hollowed out. If the dough inside seems very moist and spongy, continue baking another 2 minutes.

Cream puffs before and after baking

More French Desserts to Try:

The French are known for their incredible dessert and pastries. These French desserts are simple and will make you feel like a pro!

Up Close Cream puff filled with whipped cream

Watch How to Make Cream Puffs:

Homemade cream puffs are the ultimate treat. When you realize how easy they are to make, you’ll make them over and over! Have fun and let me know if you get creative and experiment with different fillings or toppings.

Cream Puffs Recipe

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Cream Puffs filled with cream and dusted with sugar

Homemade Cream Puffs filled with sweet cream and raspberries. Learn how to make a bakery quality, buttery Choux pastry dough. 

Author: natashaskitchen
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: cream puffs
Calories: 125 kcal
Servings: 28 cream puffs

Ingredients

Ingredients for Choux Pastry:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour measured correctly
  • 4 eggs (large), room temperature

Ingredients for Cream Filling and Garnish:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream chilled
  • 4 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 28 raspberries optional
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar to garnish

Instructions

How to Make Cream Puffs:

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper. 

  2. In a Medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, 8 Tbsp butter, 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp salt. Bring just to a boil over medium heat then remove from heat and stir in 1 cup flour all at once with a wooden spoon.

  3. One flour is incorporated, place back over medium heat stirring constantly for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes to release extra moisture and partially cook flour. A thin film will form on the bottom of the pan and dough will come together into a smooth ball.

  4. Transfer dough to a large mixing bowl and beat using an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute to cool mixture slightly. Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time, allowing to fully incorporate between additions. Beat another minute until dough is smooth and forms a thick ribbon when pulled up.

  5. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a 1/2" round tip. Pipe 28 puffs, each 1 1/2” diameter and 1/2” tall rounds. Keep them 1" apart and avoid making peaks* but if you do get peaks, wet finger tips lightly with water and smooth them out.

  6. Bake at 425˚F for 10 minutes in the center of the oven. Without opening oven, reduce temp to 325˚F and, bake 20-22 min longer or until golden brown on top. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

How to Make Whipped Cream:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups heavy cream, 4 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy with stiff peaks (2 min). Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip. 

  2. Once cream puffs are completely cooled, fill them with cream. There are 2 ways to fill them: (#1) pipe the cream into the puffs by pushing the pastry tip into the side and piping until cream pushes back, or (#2) Cut off tops of puffs and pipe cream inside using a pastry bag, push a raspberry down into the center if desired, then cover with the tops. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe Notes

*To prevent a peak: stop piping and release pressure from the bag before lifting up then quickly swirl the tip around the side to end without a tip. 

Nutrition Facts
Cream Puffs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Julia
    May 10, 2019

    Hi, I’ve made cream puffs many times before and in most recipes it states to bake at 425 for 10 mins and 325 for 20 or so mins, mine always almost burn with these times. I usually bake 425 for 10 mins and 325 for 13 mins. Is this possible and are other people experiancing this too? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 10, 2019

      Hi Julia, I have found this temp and time to work very well for this size of cream puff. Maybe you were making smaller cream puffs? Also, be sure you are cooking on conventional oven settings and not convection oven. Reply

  • Lilli
    May 9, 2019

    Hi Natasha! I’d like to say – I recently found your page, and I LOVE it!
    Do you know how a gluten free cup for cup blend work with this recipe? I tried it with another recipe, but it wasn’t written correctly and it was a mess lol.
    Thanks in advance! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 9, 2019

      Hi Lilly, I have not tried making this gluten free so I cannot advise. If you experiment, please let me know how you like that recipe. Reply

      • Lilli
        May 9, 2019

        I absolutely will! I have a great flour that I use that people without celiac (or not gluten free). Almost everyone can’t tell! Taking out the ingredients now 😉 Reply

        • Natasha
          May 9, 2019

          Hi Lilli, I hope you love it! Let me know what kind of flour you are using (brand and if it is cup-for-cup the same measurement). I would love to be able to advise others who have asked about making these gluten free cream puffs. Reply

          • Lilli
            May 11, 2019

            I’m sorry it took me so long to reply! I use Cup4Cup GF all purpose flour for my baking. When I made the Choux, there was alot of butter left over. So I had to drain some of it. Then I did the eggs, one at a time. It was lumpy (but it was also lumpy another time I did). I was so upset, but I decided to continue. I made the puffs, and they tasted AMAZING! I also made the whipped cream, and dipped the tops in chocolate.
            My brother, just told me, he ate one the other day and thought they were from the bakery!
            I am going to try again today, and see if any tweaks help the Choux (because of the gluten free flour!) I’ll post a picture when they’re done!!!

          • Natashas Kitchen
            May 11, 2019

            That’s amazing Lilli! I’m so happy you enjoyed that and thank you for that awesome review!

          • Lilli
            May 15, 2019

            Hi again! So I did tweak the gluten free recipe a little! I used the same flour (Cup4Cup) but I used a different butter so the butter left over was minimal. But the key was using an extra egg. I did the 4 and when I added the 5th – It brought it all together! And making sure the dough cooled a little. Thank you so much again!

          • Natashas Kitchen
            May 15, 2019

            Thank you for sharing that with me Lilli!

  • Nat
    May 5, 2019

    I made these 3 times in one day , they would get puffy in the oven as soon as I took them out in 30 seconds they got flat , all three times 🙁 what went wrong ? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 6, 2019

      Hi Nat, I’m sorry that happened. Please see the section above titled “Why do Cream Puffs Deflate?” which should help. Reply

  • Natalia
    May 1, 2019

    Turned out perfect on my first try. Thank you for very successful recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2019

      That’s so great! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Rebecca
    April 30, 2019

    Yes, I have watched the measuring ingredients episode. It’s really helpful. That day we just ran out of whole milk. Again, thanks for your advice. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2019

      You’re so welcome Rebecca! Reply

  • Rebecca
    April 29, 2019

    I love all of your recipes. I made some cream puffs today. To start of with, the dough was to runny. I did everything correct except instead of using whole milk I used 1% milk, we didn’t have whole milk. So, to make a cream puff we put 2 of them together and creamed them in the middle, then we sprinkled powdered sugar on top. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 29, 2019

      Hi Rebecca, this post on measuring ingredients might help. It sounds like the liquid to dry ingredients proportion was off if they were runny. The 1% milk would affect that as well and I would probably have kept them an extra 30 seconds on the stove using 1% milk. I hope that hleps! Reply

  • Robbie O'Donnell
    April 29, 2019

    I live in Denver Colorado so How fo I adjust the cream puff receipe for high altitude? Reply

    • Natasha
      April 29, 2019

      Hi Robbie, I haven’t tried these in high altitudes so I can’t advise. If anyone else can offer advice – thanks in advance! Reply

      • Karin
        May 5, 2019

        Is it ok to use salted butter? I have to make this for family but bought salted by mistake. Can i just use that and not add the salt? Reply

        • Natasha
          May 6, 2019

          Hi Karin, Salted butter has a higher moisture level and I haven’t tested it with salted butter so I can’t say for sure, but I think it’s worth experimenting. Definitely keep the mixture on the heat for the full 2 minutes to allow any extra moisture to escape. Reply

  • kate
    April 29, 2019

    when will there be giveaways???????? Reply

    • Natasha
      April 29, 2019

      Hi Kate, you are right, we haven’t had a giveaway in some time. I’ll definitely keep it in mind. Reply

  • Amy
    April 29, 2019

    I bitten out on one of them I thought I died and gone to heaven

    so Good Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2019

      That’s just awesome! I’m so happy to hear that! Reply

  • Diane
    April 29, 2019

    Hi Natasha,

    I’ve read a dozen recipes for choux dough, and yours is the only one that incorporates milk. Why is that? Don’t get me wrong…they look beautiful! I’m just a food science geek. Please explain the reason for the milk. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 29, 2019

      Hi Diane, are you getting the recipes from a cookbook? Most of the recipes that I have come across do have milk in them. It works really well and I have had consistently great results. I also use the same dough for my eclairs. Reply

      • Diane
        April 30, 2019

        Well now…this is interesting -and surprising… it was the online recipes of which none had the milk, but when I consulted my rather extensive library of cookbooks, it was a 50-50 mix (some using milk, some not). However, the “experts” (Jacques, Julia, and The Joy of Cooking’s Irma) did all incorporate milk. I should have known you’d be in the expert catagory 😉…and shouldn’t have second-guessed you! Milk it is. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 30, 2019

          I’m happy you found your answers Diane! Reply

  • Suzy
    April 28, 2019

    These are to die for! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Sara Welch
    April 28, 2019

    What a refreshing little treat for spring! Looks like little bites of heaven! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2019

      That it is! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Reply

  • April 28, 2019

    Yum! I could eat this all day! Reply

    • Natasha
      April 28, 2019

      Ha ha! great minds crave alike! I hope you love this cream puffs recipe! Reply

  • Toni
    April 28, 2019

    I never imagined I could make cream puffs at home! Such a fun and delicious recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 28, 2019

      Oh my goodness and it’s so easy! Make them once and you’ll make them over and over, especially since it’s the same dough for churros or eclairs. I love recipes that you can use for multiple purposes. Reply

  • lauren kelly
    April 28, 2019

    Cream puffs have always been my weakness and favorite! My whole family loves these! Reply

    • Natasha
      April 28, 2019

      I love that these have less sugar than store-bought so they are a little less guilty 🙂 Reply

  • David
    April 27, 2019

    I found this recipe of yours over here
    https://bit.ly/2vnyYZy I did not submit it, so I have no details. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 28, 2019

      Hi David! That’s great!! It’s linked back to the recipe so it’s all good. Thanks for letting me know 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    April 26, 2019

    Hello! Natasha,if I got this right ,we can make these cream puffs ahead of time & keep them in the fridge with cream in it? I have to make if now cause u got me hungry now,plus I’m pregnant so craving stuff now even though I’m not gaining any weight. God bless you girl. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 26, 2019

      Hi Olga, we left a note in the recipe for storing, but yes you can thaw frozen cream puff in the refrigerator for two hours. The shells can be made a day or 2 ahead. Let them cool to room temperature, cover lightly and store at room temperature. They tend to soften if made ahead. Reply

  • Olga
    April 26, 2019

    Hi natasha! This looks so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe. 😊💖👍 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 26, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Olga! Reply

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