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An easy cream puff recipe is the base for these beautiful strawberry-filled cream puffs. Dip them in chocolate for an impressive, yet easy dessert.

Cream Puffs are an impressive, yet easy dessert. Perfect for weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers. Fill with chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry cream.

Cream puffs are one of those fancy desserts that seem like they would be hard to make, but they’re actually way easier than you think!

I always wondered how they got the puffs to be hollow in the middle so they could add the filling. It turns out that the batter just naturally cooks up that way! It’s like magic! The batter is a really simple combination of mostly butter, flour, and eggs.

Typically, cream puffs are filled with a chocolate or vanilla mousse, but I decided to have a little fun with these and fill them with some strawberry cream. Then I simply dipped the tops into chocolate to make them prettier and even more delicious! (They taste FANTASTIC!)

If you’re looking for a more traditional filling, here is a recipe for Chocolate Mousse and here is one for a Vanilla Mousse.

Cream Puffs are an impressive, yet easy dessert. Perfect for weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers. Fill with chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry cream.

To insert the filling, you will need a decorator tip with a fairly wide opening. I didn’t have any frosting or cake decorating bags, so I cut a hole in the corner of a 1 quart plastic Ziploc bag and set the tip through there. A quart-sized bag is made out of thicker plastic than sandwich bags, so they are less likely to break.

These are not only perfect for weddings, but also baby showers and bridal showers. If you want to make them beforehand, they can also be frozen and brought out just in time for your party! Just wait to dip them in the chocolate until after you take them out of the freezer.

How To Make Cream Puffs

INGREDIENTS: 

for the cream puffs – 

  • 1/2 water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs

for the strawberry cream – 

  • 1 (3 oz.) package strawberry Jello
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:

for the cream puffs- 

  • Put the water, butter, salt and sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and add all the four at once and stir until completely incorporated.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and stir in completely. Batter should look silky and soft
  • Spoon 1 tsp. of batter 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Batter will not hold its shape perfectly. That is o.k.
  • Bake at 400° for 16-18 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for about ten minutes. Then remove and let cool completely on wire racks.

for the strawberry cream – 

  1. Add the strawberry Jello and whipping cream to a medium-sized bowl. Whip with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

TO ASSEMBLE:

  1. Spoon a portion of the strawberry cream into a decorator’s bag (or plastic bag with a corner cut off) fitted with a large round decorator’s tip.
  2. With the tip, poke a hole in the bottom of each cream puff and squeeze the filling in until cream puff is full.
  3. Dip tops in melted chocolate, if desired.
  4. Chill until ready to eat.
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Cream Puffs Recipe

An easy dessert with a delicious creamy filling.
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword party
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 24 cream puffs
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients

Cream Puffs

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs

Strawberry Cream

  • 3 oz strawberry Jello 1 package
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

Cream Puffs

  1. Put the water, butter, salt and sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and add all the four at once and stir until completely incorporated.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and stir in completely. Batter should look silky and soft
  4. Spoon 1 tsp. of batter 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Batter will not hold its shape perfectly. That is o.k.
  5. Bake at 400° for 16-18 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for about ten minutes. Then remove and let cool completely on wire racks.

Strawberry Cream

  1. Add the strawberry Jello and whipping cream to a medium-sized bowl. Whip with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

Assembly

  1. Spoon a portion of the strawberry cream into a decorator's bag (or plastic bag with a corner cut off) fitted with a large round decorator's tip.
  2. With the tip, poke a hole in the bottom of each cream puff and squeeze the filling in until cream puff is full.
  3. Dip tops in melted chocolate, if desired.
  4. Chill until ready to eat.
Nutrition Facts
Cream Puffs Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cream puff)
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cream Puffs are an impressive, yet easy dessert. Perfect for weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers. Fill with chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry cream.

Here are a few more decadent desserts your party guests might enjoy:

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