Famous Cream Puffs, a beloved dessert cherished by pastry enthusiasts worldwide, are a delicate and delightful treat that has stood the test of time. These airy choux pastry puffs are filled with a luscious cream filling, creating a symphony of textures and flavors that never fails to impress. Originating in France, cream puffs have achieved legendary status in the world of pastries, and this recipe aims to guide you through the process of creating your very own batch of these delectable delights.


For the Choux Pastry:

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

For the Cream Filling:

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

For the Chocolate Ganache (Optional):

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


For the Choux Pastry:

  1. Preheat Your Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a medium saucepan, combine water, butter, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    • Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to low and add all the flour at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan. This should take about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Cool the Dough:
    • Remove the saucepan from heat and let the dough cool for a couple of minutes. This step prevents the eggs from cooking when added.
  4. Add the Eggs:
    • Add the eggs, one at a time, to the dough, beating well after each addition. Ensure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one. The dough will become smooth and glossy.
  5. Pipe the Puffs:
    • Transfer the choux pastry dough into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (or you can use a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off).
    • Pipe mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Each puff should be about 2 inches in diameter and spaced about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake:
    • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes at 425°F (220°C). 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 golden brown and puffed.
  7. Cool:
    • Remove the cream puffs from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Cream Filling:

  1. Whip the Cream:
    • In a mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream and granulated sugar together until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to overwhip.
  2. Add Vanilla Extract:
    • Gently fold in the pure vanilla extract into the whipped cream until it’s fully incorporated.

For the Chocolate Ganache (Optional):

  1. Prepare the Ganache:
    • In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, heat the heavy cream until it’s hot but not boiling.
    • Pour the hot cream over the finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate. Let it sit for a minute, then stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  2. Assemble:
    • To fill the cream puffs, you can either cut them in half horizontally or poke a hole in the side with a small tip and pipe the filling inside.
    • If desired, dip the top of each cream puff in the chocolate ganache or drizzle it over the puffs.


  • Ensure not to open the oven door during the initial 15 minutes of baking, as this can cause the cream puffs to collapse.
  • Cream puffs are best when they are freshly filled, but you can store unfilled puffs in an airtight container for up to a day.
  • Feel free to get creative with your cream puff filling. You can add fruit, flavored custard, or even ice cream for a unique twist.


Famous Cream Puffs are a timeless and beloved dessert that brings joy to anyone fortunate enough to savor them. Their delicate choux pastry shells, airy and crisp, are perfectly complemented by a luscious cream filling. Whether you choose to add a drizzle of chocolate ganache or keep them simple, cream puffs are a delightful treat that’s sure to impress friends and family. So, take the plunge into the world of pastry and create your own batch of these legendary cream puffs – a truly delectable delight!

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