Classic Cream Puffs

It is the end of Labour Day weekend and that means that summer is coming to an end. We are driving back to Toronto today. Tonight we will make sure that everything is ready for day 1 of school tomorrow. It is hard to believe that the school season is starting already. It seems like it was just June when the last school year ended. This summer just flew by.

The recipe today is my mom’s classic cream puffs. She did not invent this recipe. It was given to her, so long ago, that she doesn’t remember by whom. I can recall eating these in my youth. It seemed as if whenever I was down, these cream puffs would appear, and they always put a smile on my face. I am thrilled to now have the recipe so I could share it with you.

Stir until smooth

Use two spoons to form the puffs

Ready to go in the oven. Remember the two temperatures in the directions.

Easy Cream Puffs

Easy instructions for how to make cream puffs with a recipe for a creamy filling that is light and delicious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Keyword Baking, Cream Puffs, Eggs, Filling
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 cream puffs
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • whipping cream
  • icing sugar
  • chocolate syrup


  • Melt butter in 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Add flour and salt all at once and stir vigorously.
  • Cook at stir until mixture forms a ball that doesn't separate. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating after each until smooth.
  • Drop by heaping tablespoons, 3 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. It should make 8 cream puffs.
  • Bake at 450F for 15 minutes then lower to 325F and cook for 25 minutes more.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Split in the centre and fill with cream, just before serving.
  • Sprinkle top with icing sugar and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. I LOVE cream puffs. They are trouble though! Trouble for the figure. These are gorgeous.

  2. Aw man, I love cream puffs! My grandmother used to always have them for dessert. They are so good! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful photo!

  3. I make my mom’s cream puff recipe, too… She would scoop out the innards for us to eat before filling…such a fun memory~

    Yours look delicious!

  4. Glad you posted this, I have been toying with the idea of trying to make cream puffs and this recipe makes it look easy. Yours are stunning and no doubt delicious. Great post.

  5. These look fabulous! I haven’t had cream puffs in ages but mmm, this is on my to-do list!

  6. Another great recipe Steve! We made these for company last night – they were quick, easy, and DELICIOUS – our guests were very impressed! I added blackberry jam to the whipped cream, and garnished them with blueberries and powdered sugar.
    As you know – we LOVE a good Cylka recipe! This one is definitely a keeper. 🙂

  7. These look fantastic Steve! Wish I could try one right now 🙂

  8. Yummm… These look delicious! Don’t you love sharing recipes with family? I think preserving the flavors we grew up with is sooo important. It’s like reliving the closeness every time you cook them.

    Thanks for the friend add!

  9. Cream puffs are so yummy and these look dreamy! I just love cream puffs!

  10. I can’t wait to make these for my mom! She always loved Sanders hot fudge cream puffs and they’re not around anymore!

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