How To: Make Delicious Bite-Sized Cream Puffs (With Video)

Impress your guests with these delectable desserts!

by SHFamily | Thu, April 27, 2017

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These light and fluffy cream puffs will beautifully complement any menu. They are perfect for dinner parties, brunch, or “just because” which is my favorite reason to make them. And best of all, they are not as complicated as you may think. Once you get the dough mastered, you’ll find yourself making them often.

This dessert requires stovetop cooking and then a bit of baking. It’s extra work, but so worth the effort. To make your cream puffs light and airy, add the our as soon as the butter and water begin to boil. If you allow it to boil too long before adding the flour, the amount of liquid will reduce, leaving the puffs dry. There are two ways to transform the dough into cream puffs. 1. Use a 1⁄4 cup scoop measurement to drop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Or 2. Use a pastry bag to pipe the dough onto the sheet. Piping takes a bit more work, but the result is a beautiful puff. 30 minutes in the oven will bake them into the perfect consistency for filling. They are ready when the tops are golden brown and firm (they should feel hollow when you tap the tops).

Once the cream puff dough has been mastered, you can fill them with whatever you want. Keep it simple and fill with thick vanilla or chocolate pudding. Or spread a spoonful of raspberry preserves into each shell and then add whipped cream for a dressed-up puff.

They taste best when you fill them right before serving, making them an ideal make-ahead dessert. Bake the puffs and prepare the filling the night before, and then assemble and chill for up to two hours before serving. While you’re at it, make an extra batch and store them in the freezer for up to a month. When you’re ready to make them, bake directly from the freezer (no thawing required). How easy is that?

Story and styling by Hanady Awada


Photography by Ransom Wingo