Denise’s Cream Puff Recipe

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!)

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  1. Ang says

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

  2. Judy Bradley says

    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!

  3. Joe says

    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.

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. Michelle says

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

  7. Nicole says

    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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