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Easy Easter Dessert: Old Fashioned Cream Puffs Recipe

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Easter is almost here, and I've been struggling to come up with a delicious, easy, and attractive recipe that I can share with friends and relatives over the holiday season.  It wasn't until I opened an old Danish cookbook of my Grandmother's, and an index card fell out, that I realized what I would be making this year -- Cream Puffs!

My Grandmother's recipe only had the ingredients, without directions, so I had to research a bit how to prepare them.  I think I have it pretty much figured out, however, and with the addition of two ingredients you can find at any Walmart store (Reddi-Whip and Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix), these tasty desserts are perfect for brunch or after dinner coffee.

Ingredients: (Makes 9 small puffs)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsifted all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can Reddi-Wip
  • 1 package Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 cups milk (to prepare the instant pudding)
1.  In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, the butter, and salt.  Bring to boil over medium heat.
2.  Remove from heat and immediately beat in flour all at once with a wooden spoon.
3.  Return to low heat, and continue beating until mixture forms a ball and leaves side of pan.
4.  Remove from heat.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating hard after each addition until smooth.  Continue beating until the mixture is shiny and breaks into strands.
5.  Using a pastry bag, create 1 and 1/2 inch mounds of dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  If you don't have a pastry bag, you can use two spoons to form a ball (like I did.)
6.  Use your finger to wipe a little water on the top of each ball of dough.

Bake in a preheated 420 degree oven for 7-12 mintues, or until the dough forms a "puff."  Reduce heat to 375 degrees and finish baking until the puffs are golden brown, or an additional 15 minutes.  Immediately remove the puffs and poke a hole in each with a toothpick to let the air escape.  (This keeps them from collapsing.)

Let them cool, and then you can fill them with my favorite filling!  Simply mix a prepared package of Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding mixed with equal parts of Reddi-Wip.  Don't over mix!  Cut the puffs into two and spoon the mixture in.  (You can also get fancy by carving out a tiny hole and piping the filling in.)

These are a delightful and light treat for the holidays.  You can experiment with different amounts of filling for a more decadent dessert!

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As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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