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Easy Cream Puff Recipe – An Elegant Valentine Dessert

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Do you need a good Valentine dessert that is easy, can be made ahead of time and yet have that elegant feel for a special night? This easy cream puff recipe is not only good on Valentine’s Day, but can be a special dessert for any day. My family loves it when I make these and I usually have to hide them, or there will not be any left when I need them. Sometimes they don’t even wait for me to get them put together before they start eating them!

Special Tips

To make sure you get a good cream puff, follow these tips:

  • Be careful with puffs when baking. They are easy to deflate.
  • Make sure you do not take puffs out of the oven before poking them with a toothpick or wooden skewer (I like the skewer because it is longer) and letting out the steam. Steam inside the puff will cause them to deflate.
  • Before assembling them, make sure puffs and filling are at room temperature.
  • If you want to make these ahead of time, do not assemble. Keep puffs in an airtight container and assemble before serving.
  • If you make the chocolate sauce ahead of time, put in a microwave safe dish and reheat in microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Any leftover chocolate sauce can be used for an ice cream topping.
  • This recipe will make about 8 cream puffs when using a 1/4 cup measuring cup to divide the dough.

Cream Puff Ingredients

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

Cream Puff Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, bring water and butter to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and stir in flour. Cook mixture over low heat stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and edges of pan so that the mixture does not burn. Cook 1-2 minutes or until it forms a soft and smooth dough.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add eggs into dough one at a time, making sure each one gets incorporated before adding another.
  6. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, make rounds and place on a baking stone.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully open oven and turn the baking stone. This will help them to bake evenly.
  8. Bake another 10 minutes. Carefully open oven and poke each puff with a tooth pick or wooden skewer.
  9. Bake another 5 – 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
  10. Take out and let completely cool.

Make Custard Filling


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a small saucepan, combine egg yolks and sugar, making sure it is completely incorporated together.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, flour and cornstarch.
  3. Over medium heat, slowly add milk mixture into egg and sugar mixture while constantly stirring.
  4. Constantly stir till mixture comes to a boil and thickens.
  5. Take off heat and add in vanilla.
  6. Let custard cool completely.
  7. Refrigerate if you are not using right away.

Chocolate Fudge Sauce


  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup evaporated milk


  1. In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat melt the chocolate and butter.
  2. Add the sugar.
  3. Gradually stir in the evaporated milk.
  4. Bring mixture to boiling then reduce heat.
  5. Boil gently over low heat for 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove pan from heat and cool slightly.


To assemble and serve cream puffs:

  1. With a bread knife slice puffs through the middle. You will have a top and bottom.
  2. Place a generous amount of custard on the bottom half of the cream puff. I think I used around 1/4 of a cup of custard. You will have to divide it evenly among the puffs.
  3. Place cream puff top on top of custard.
  4. Drizzly chocolate fudge sauce on top. Again, be generous! You will have left over sauce.

Other Desserts You May Like

Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie

Lemon Jell-O Cheesecake Recipe

 How To Make A New York Style Cheesecake


Your Opinions Matter

I would love to hear how these turned out for you! Do you have any questions, comments or suggestions? Leave all of those in the comment section below.


4 thoughts

  • Katie
    February 12, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    OMG this looks amazing and I know my honey would be THRILLED to have this for Valentine’s Day. I’ve always been intimidated by cream puffs, but if you say they’re easy, I will definitely give it a try! It is super humid where I live right now- will they still turn out okay? Thanks!! 

    • admin
      February 12, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Your welcome, Katie!  Let me know how it goes when you try them.  As for the humidity, I don’t think it will hurt them, but I don’t like to have my oven on when it is that hot.  lol  Thankfully, we do not get much humid weather here. If you do try them, just make sure they get poked and the steam is out of them before you take them out of the oven.  

  • MrBiizy
    February 12, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I have not done baking at all by myself before. I had a friend back in school that does baking regularly and he is good. I love baking and have assisted him before. This cream puff recipe really got me salivating especially when you mentioned your family’s doings, lol. If I take my time, I am sure I will be able to bake these. I know how to cook, so I think baking these will not be an issue if I follow this guide diligently. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. It’s really a good one to try on Valentine’s day. My lady will definitely love me more 😃😋

    • admin
      February 12, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      I’m sure your lady will love you for making these for her!  Let me know how it turns out for you.  The biggest thing in baking them is to make sure the steam gets out before you take them out of the oven.  Happy baking!  Karen

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