Homemade Cream Puffs

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Enjoy the A simple and delicious recipe that everyone will be talking about!

Ingredients

CREAM PUFF SHELLS

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs

CREAM FILLING OPTION 1

  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant french vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk

CREAM FILLING OPTION 2

  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups cool whip, thawed
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, more as needed to reach desired consistency
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

TO MAKE CREAM PUFF PASTRY:

  1. In a large pot, bring butter and water to a rolling boil. Stir in flour and salt, consistently stirring until the mixture firms up and forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. With hand or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg is added. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake for 17 minutes at 425 degrees F. After 17 minutes, reduce temperature to 375 degrees F and continue baking for an additional 5 to 10 min. Centers should be dry. When finished cooking, let cool completely.
  3. When the shells are cool, make FILLING

CREAM FILLING OPTION 1

  1. In a medium bowl, Mix together milk and vanilla instant pudding. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, Beat whip cream and ¼ c. sugar until peaks form.
  3. Fold the whipped cream into the vanilla pudding until mixed in. Cover and set in fridge.

CREAM FILLING OPTION 2

  1. Beat cream cheese, cool whip, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth. When shells are cooled completely, use a pastry bag to pipe filling onto half the shells. Place remaining shell halves on top.

TO MAKE FROSTING

  1. Melt butter and milk in microwave safe bowl. Add powder sugar, cocoa, salt and vanilla. Whisk together and pour into a large zip lock bag. Cut a small corner off and drizzle chocolate over cream puffs.

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