Make Ahead

30-minute Cream Puffs

March 13, 2014
0 Ratings
Author Notes

It’s a Saturday morning(ish) and you manage to crawl out of bed and stumble into your favorite Chinese buffet for lunch. What is better than plates of beige fried food and unlimited sushi for $7.49?

The cream puffs at the end, that’s what. I’m going to show you one of the easiest, best tasting pastry recipes ever. Your thighs will thank me later! —Phillip ||

  • Makes 12
  • Pastry Dough / Pâte à Choux
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch salt
  • Pastry Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 2" vanilla bean - pulp)
  • 1-2 tablespoons amaretto, optional.... I guess
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Line baking sheet with silicone mat or parchment
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine butter and water. Bring to low boil over medium high heat.
  4. Literally dump flour and salt in all at once.
  5. Stir with wooden spoon until it comes together in a ball.
  6. Remove from pan to a mixer or food processor. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  7. Pulse/mix each egg until combined.
  8. Pulse/mix until thick paste/batter.
  9. Pipe the pastry dough onto mat/paper. Tap down the tip if you want a smooth ball for a puff.
  10. Bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes.
  11. Let cool completely.
  12. Place cold cream in mixer. Beat until soft peaks form.
  13. Slowly add confectioner's sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  14. Mix in mascarpone cheese and vanilla until well-combined.
  15. Top with drizzled chocolate and/or desired toppings. Pistachios work very well!
  16. Enjoy! Visit for more images/recipes.

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2 Reviews

Nancy February 10, 2018
I tried this recipe because I needed to make 100 cream puffs for the event - for some reason as soon as I remove them from the oven they go from perfect cream puffs and POOF deflate to awkward pancakes.....not sure what the problem is, but now my cream puffs are going to be very ugly for the event.
Katie February 10, 2018
These worked great for me. Have to bake all cream puffs long enough.