Easy Easter Dessert: Old Fashioned Cream Puff Recipe

This easy old fashioned cream puff recipe takes less time than you think. And it's sooo good!

So many people have asked about my old-fashioned cream puff recipe. Here it is!

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 cream puff 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 store (Reddi-Whip and Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix), these tasty desserts are perfect for brunch or after dinner coffee.

Easy Cream Puff Recipe

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 minutes, or until the dough forms a "puff."  It is very important that, for this cream puff recipe, you be sure to 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.)

Cream Puff Recipe Filling Ideas:

These are a delightful and light treat for the holidays.  You can experiment with different amounts of filling for a more decadent dessert! Some of them might be your choice of a custard, meringue, pudding, or jelly. I have even seen people use pie filling or add nuts! It's up to you want you want to put in them. The result will be delicious!

Looking for more of Grandma's recipes? Check out her ham balls!