Famous Cream Puffs

Famous Cream Puffs are a delightful and iconic pastry known for their light, airy choux pastry shells and luscious vanilla cream filling. These elegant treats have a reputation for being a beloved classic in the world of pastries. Whether you’re hosting a fancy gathering or simply craving a touch of sweetness, making your own cream puffs at home will introduce you to the magic of these delectable desserts. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through creating your own Famous Cream Puffs that are sure to impress and delight your taste buds.


For the Choux Pastry:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs

For the Vanilla Cream Filling:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Ganache (Optional):

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


Step 1: Prepare the Choux Pastry

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the water and unsalted butter. Heat until the butter is fully melted and the mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and add the all-purpose flour and salt all at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a smooth dough and pulls away from the sides of the pan. This should take about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Using an electric mixer or a strong arm, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. The dough should be smooth and glossy.
  5. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

Step 2: Pipe and Bake the Pastry

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Transfer the choux pastry dough to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (or simply use a spoon).
  3. Pipe mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between them. You can make them as large or small as you like.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C) and continue baking for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the cream puffs are puffed up, golden brown, and firm to the touch.
  5. Remove the cream puffs from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 3: Prepare the Vanilla Cream Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whip the mixture until stiff peaks form. This will create a luscious vanilla cream.

Step 4: Fill the Cream Puffs

  1. Once the cream puffs are completely cool, use a knife or the tip of a piping bag to make a small incision in the side of each puff.
  2. Fill the cream puffs with the prepared vanilla cream.

Step 5: Optional Chocolate Ganache

  1. To make the chocolate ganache, heat the heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl or on the stovetop until it’s hot but not boiling.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the semisweet chocolate chips and let it sit for a minute. Then, stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the ganache is smooth.
  3. Drizzle the chocolate ganache over the filled cream puffs.

Step 6: Enjoy!

  1. Serve your Famous Cream Puffs immediately, and savor the elegance and delight of these delectable pastries.


Famous Cream Puffs are a testament to the beauty of French pastry craftsmanship. With their delicate choux pastry shells and rich vanilla cream filling, they are a treat that embodies elegance and taste. Whether you serve them at a special occasion or enjoy them as a personal indulgence, these cream puffs are sure to leave a lasting impression of delight and sophistication. Enjoy every bite of these iconic pastries!

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