Recipe: National Cream Puff Day

Recipe for National Cream Puff Day

January 2nd is National Cream Puff Day in the United States!

These little sweets, also known as profiteroles, are choux pastry balls filled with a sweet cream filling that is similar to a pastry cream. Today, many chefs fill these pastries with a variety of fillings like ice cream, whipped cream and incorporate various flavors. They even now make savory cream puffs, with cheese and meat. Here is a simple recipe for cream puffs to get you started.


  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs


  • Mix together vanilla instant pudding mix, cream and milk. Cover and refrigerate, to set.
  • Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C).
  • In a pot, bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Drop 1 tablespoon at a time on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.
  • When shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture or use a pastry bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.


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