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Recipe: Homemade Cream Puffs - They're Really Not that Difficult!

Homemade choux pastry or cream puffs is not that difficult to make when you follow my easy step-by-step recipe and instructions! 
Homemade Cream Puffs with Melted Chocolate Drizzle from Walking on Sunshine Recipes a dessert you think is difficult to make!

For some people, me included, it would be Homemade Cream Puffs. Yes, I used to think cream puffs were a difficult dessert to make.  

We have cream puffs every Christmas and for the past few years I have started to make them!  We all love them.  Even my brother who hardly eats desserts will enjoy a cream puff on Christmas.  I always thought they were difficult to make but then my mother showed me how a few years ago and I am going to show YOU how to make the most delicious dessert ever that will impress your family and friends.  

Here's a photo from just a few years ago of my mom and I baking cream puffs and Christmas stollen bread.  My kids are so young in this photo!  This is at our home in New Jersey.

My mom, kids and me baking homemade cream puffs from Walking on Sunshine.

Homemade Cream Puffs

So what is this mysterious dough that we love to enjoy filled with pudding, whipped cream and even savory treats?  It's real French name is choux pastry and it's the perfect blend of butter, water, flour and eggs combined together and then baked.  Sounds pretty simple, right?  But depending on who you ask, choux pastry is either very difficult or very easy to make.  

Easy Step-by-Step Instructions

Cream puff mixture forming a ball and pulling away from the sides of the pan. 
Cream Puff mixture forming a ball and pulling away from the sides of the pan from Walking on Sunshine

Adding the eggs, one at a time gives you a beautiful silky batter that's ready to be either piped or scooped onto a baking sheet.  I like to use a scoop.  
Adding the eggs one at a time gives you a beautiful silky batter for choux pastry from Walking on Sunshine.

Beautiful mounds of choux pastry ready for the oven.  
Beautiful mounds of choux pastry ready for the oven from Walking on Sunshine

Choux pastry baked and cooling on a baking rack.  You can prepare these the day before you plan on serving them.  But please do NOT cover them or store them in the refrigerator.  They will turn soggy.  I like to bake them the day before and then leave them on a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper or even a paper towel loosely covering them.  
Chous Pastry Puffs on Baking Tray ready to be filled  from Walking on Sunshine

You can stuff your choux pastry with pudding or whipped cream.  Don't forget to drizzle melted chocolate on top!  Cream puffs are a light and delicious dessert that your guests will enjoy. 
Choux pastry filled with pudding and drizzled with melted chocolate from Walking on Sunshine.

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Choux Pastry for Cream Puffs

Choux pastry is not that difficult to make! Follow this recipe and you can enjoy the most delicious cream puffs ever for dessert!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the butter, water and sugar over high heat and bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the flour all at once stirring quickly until the dough comes together and forms a ball.
  4. Let the dough cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the dough to the bowl of an electric mixer. Or you can just use a hand mixer with the dough still in the original saucepan.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time mixing in between each addition until the dough is smooth and silky. Be careful not to over mix the dough.
  7. Scoop or spoon the dough onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper leaving enough room in between each since they will puff up.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes and then using a wooden skewer poke a couple of holes into the sides of each puff. This will allow the steam inside the puffs to escape so they can dry out and bake on the inside.
  9. Bake for an additional 5 to 8 minutes or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when you tap them.
  10. Let the puffs cool completely on a baking rack before filling with pudding or whipped cream. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dust with powdered sugar before serving.
  1. You can prepare the puffs the day before you plan on serving them. Store lightly covered with a piece of waxed paper or paper towel on a baking rack on the counter top. Do not refrigerate or cover completely. The puffs will become soggy.
  2. I like to slice the puffs in half and then spoon the pudding inside and placing the other half on top. You can also use a pastry bag fitted with a filling tip to add the pudding.
  3. Once the puffs are filled you should store them in the refrigerator, but do not cover.
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Homemade Cream Puffs - They're Really Not that Difficult to Make from Walking on Sunshine


  1. Delicious cream puffs, my family loves them. I'm going to have to jump in and try the baking mat and chocolate drizzler, hoping I'll make less of a mess. I'm a chocolate drizzle fan!

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  4. Yum! Yum! Yum! Thanks for linkin' up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  5. My husband loves cream puffs and often orders them on vacation but I had never thought to make my own until I saw this blog post. He would love this! Pinned.

  6. OMG!! Thanks so much for putting your recipe on pinterest. My daughter and I used a different pin and it was a complete mess 😔 But we used yours and they were perfect ❤👏 Thanks so much!!!


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