Denise’s Cream Puff Recipe

by Denise on March 10, 2011

These Cream Puffs are a family favorite recipe and they’re deceptively easy to make!  The thing I love most is that the recipe calls for simple ingredients that are typically always on hand so we can make these in a pinch if needed for a last minute get together, school party or to cure a sweet tooth.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c stick margarine
  • 1 c boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar


  • 3 c. milk
  • 6 heaping tablespoons flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Cream Puffs

Combine butter, salt and boiling water. Bring back to boiling. Sift flour and add to boiling mixture. Beat until mixture leaves sides of saucepan and does not cling to spoon. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add unbeaten eggs, one at a time. Beat thoroughly after addition of each egg until mixture is smooth. Drop by tablespoon 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake in hot oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 and bake 10 more minutes or until the puffs are dry and firm. Remove from oven and cool. After puffs have cooled, cut partially open along the lower edge with a sharp knife to make an opening large enough to put the pudding inside.


Scald the milk. Mix remaining pudding ingredients and add to scalded milk. If mixture is thick, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of milk to make the consistency smooth and easy to pour into the scalded milk. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool before putting into cream puffs. Using a teaspoon filled with pudding, open the puff and insert pudding inside. Continue until all puffs have been filled. NOTE: you may have some pudding left over for a snack for the kids (or yourself!)

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Meghan March 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm

For the love of God woman!
For the love of God!
I think I just gained 5lbs. Teehee


Ang March 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Oh heaven! I’m pretty sure what I gained reading that I quickly lost in drool over the thought of cream puffs ;)


Denise March 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I forgot to mention that a serving size is like fifteen!!! :)


Judy Bradley March 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I like to make them tiny like that & fill with my own chicken salad or crab meat salad for appetizers or special events! Really yummy!


Denise March 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

That does sound yummy – I’ll have to try them that way!


Maureen March 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Having a little party on Saturday – was trying to think of a desert and these will be perfect!! YUM


Joe March 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Oh wow, these look so good. This is bringing back memories as my mother used to make cream puffs and they were so good. I am not much of a baker so I will get the wife to look at this. I am sure she will love to try this as well.


The Marketeer March 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

Sounds tasty, and fattening. But that’s probably why its tasty, right?

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Catherine March 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

Have you ever tried filling them with a pastry bag? I think I read once that if you use a metal tip you can just jam it in and squeeze a bit. That would take the steps down a bit!


Denise March 11, 2011 at 10:29 am

You know what’s silly? I have a pastry bag and think you’re right, it would be easier that way, but I’ve just continued to do it the way mama taught me :) I’ll definitely try that next time!


Michelle March 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

Question: Recipe calls for 1/2 c. stick margarine, but photo shows 1/2 stick, which equals 1/4 c. Which is correct? Thanks!


Nicole March 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm

They are in the oven no. They look so cute! The recipe didn’t say when to ad the sugar, so I put it in when I did the flour. Is that correct? I’m going to use jello chocolate pudding to fill them. Yummy!


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