{simple & elegant} Cream Puffs

This right here is it. The epitome of beautiful and delicious. Cream puffs have been a favorite of mine ever since, well, forever. But when I say “cream puff” I’m referring to the frozen ones from Costco, the ones that never seem to thaw out evenly. But despite the fact that they are eternally half frozen, I always make a beeline straight to the cream puff plate whenever they’re served at a party. When I came across this recipe for a home made version (well, I didn’t really stumble across it, I scoured every page of a cookbook and scrawled out all the recipes on the back of my son’s homework paper that I wanted to try. And then I gave the  cookbook to Grandma Judy for Christmas. Is that bad?), I was intrigued. They looked so dainty and delicate, I figured they must be a bit fussy to make. And I was waiting for a good excuse to make them. So I put it off for months, but they were always there in the back of my mind calling my name. Nobody was throwing any parties, there were no ward potlucks, no baby showers to attend and no reason at all that I would need to make an entire batch of cream puffs. But then we had some left over whipped cream from Sunday brunch that I was about to throw out. And that right there was my excuse. So in celebration of a completely average day, I made cream puffs. And you know what I found out. They are about the easiest things to make. And they are SO.FREAKING.GOOD. Like, they blow your mind and they blow the frozen Costco variety waaaaaaayyyyy out of the water. It’s not even a competition. They are little puffs of sweetened air that just melt in your mouth. You better believe that every single party I attend from here on out, these will be my signature plate that I bring. And you better believe I’m not waiting for an invite to a party to make these again. Without further ado, I present to you the best bite sized little morsels you will ever consume in your entire life. Amen.

After all these years of inhaling the frozen Costco cream puffs, I had no idea how easy and how freaking good the homemade ones are!
Preheat oven to 400. In a medium saucepan over med-high heat, heat water and butter until it begins to boil. Gradually add flour and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat, mix in sugar and vanilla then add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg before adding the next. If it looks like a gooey hot mess, then you did it right.

After all these years of inhaling the frozen Costco cream puffs, I had no idea how easy and how freaking good the homemade ones are!
Line a large tray with parchment paper, use a tablespoon to scoop out a ball of dough and place at least one inch apart. I know, I was a little skeptical at this point too. It doesn’t look like these will amount to anything, but just you wait….

After all these years of inhaling the frozen Costco cream puffs, I had no idea how easy and how freaking good the homemade ones are!
Bake for 30 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned. See, I told you! Beautiful, huh? Transfer to a cooling rack and split along the side to release any moisture.

After all these years of inhaling the frozen Costco cream puffs, I had no idea how easy and how freaking good the homemade ones are!

After all these years of inhaling the frozen Costco cream puffs, I had no idea how easy and how freaking good the homemade ones are!
And just one more, because they’re so flippin cute.

After all these years of inhaling the frozen Costco cream puffs, I had no idea how easy and how freaking good the homemade ones are!
When they’re completely cooled, fill the split with whipped cream then dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with chocolate sauce to serve

After all these years of inhaling the frozen Costco cream puffs, I had no idea how easy and how freaking good the homemade ones are!

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1 cup flour
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
freshly whipped cream (to fill)
powdered sugar (to dust)
chocolate sauce (to drizzle)

Preheat oven to 400. In a medium saucepan over med-high heat, heat water and butter until it begins to boil. Gradually add flour and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat, mix in sugar and vanilla then add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg before adding the next. Line a large tray with parchment paper, use a tablespoon to scoop out a ball of dough and place at least one inch apart. Bake for 30 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned. Transfer to a cooling rack and split along the side to release any moisture, then when they are completely cooled fill the split with whipped cream, then dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with chocolate sauce to serve.

Source | Gran’s Kitchen Dulcie May Booker

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38 thoughts on “{simple & elegant} Cream Puffs

  1. Janessa says:

    I totally had these pegged as difficult and “fussy”. I can’t believe how easy it sounds and they look absolutely adorable!!! I have something coming up this weekend that I’m supposed to make a treat for. I’ll have to give these babies a try! And I have to say, you crack me up! Who knew reading about a recipe could be so entertaining. You are talented in so many ways!

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    • Whisked Away says:

      I’m excited for you to try these! You’ll have to let me know if you end up making them for your event. When I first made them I was a little skeptical at how that little blob on the pan could turn into something so beautiful. I totally did the happy dance when they turned out so good!

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  2. Loretta says:

    I didn’t realize how easy they were to make.. I always shied away from cream puffs, but you’ve done it so darn well. I’m trying these at home first, before I put them on show (for fear of messing up) 🙂

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    • Whisked Away says:

      Well, thank you! I hope you get a chance to try them, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! I was a little skeptical how that little blob on the pan could turn into something so beautiful, but somehow it does!

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  3. Shari says:

    These look absolutely amazing! My grandma used to make cream puffs, and my mom and I always said we were going to try it someday, but we never have. I really thought they were difficult to make. I am definitely saving your recipe to try. Thank you so much!

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    • Whisked Away says:

      Thanks, Shari! I’m so glad this recipe inspired you. I was surprised at their simplicity, so hopefully you get a chance to make them and continue the tradition for generations to come 🙂

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  4. Shari says:

    Hi Jamie, I just wanted to tell you I tried your cream puffs today, and they were absolutely amazing! I had so much fun making them. They were easy, too, just like you said. I know I will use this recipe again and again. Thank you very much for sharing it!

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    • Whisked Away says:

      Yay, so glad you loved them! They really are divine. Life has been so busy getting settled back in to the States, my blog and cooking in general has definitely taken the back burner. Your comment inspired me to get back into it! Thanks for your kind words!

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