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My Mom’s Cream Puffs Recipe

| May 10, 2013 | 9 Comments

Some families have Mom’s who can cook really well. You know, the type of families where usually the words “I can’t wait for some of Mom’s home cooking” pop up from time to time. You crave your Mother’s cooking, try to duplicate her recipes and either succeed (and feel so very proud) or fail and admit that only Mom can cook that particular dish. Well, this type of cooking Mom story does not really exist with my family. My Mom is not the cook of the house, not at all. Since my Mom worked evenings when my brother and I were young, Dad was the one who cooked dinner. Plus, my father worked in the restaurant industry, so he did know how to actually cook a proper dinner.

My Mom, she did – but she either didn’t have the patience or know-how to successfully pull off meals. She could do some dishes and could cook a box of chicken tenders like a boss – but home-cooked meals where just not her speciality. However, there was one particular dessert that my Mom could make and was known in our family for this particular dessert. Her dessert was cream puffs, which are kind of like profiteroles or eclairs. Cream puffs are pastries filled with whipped creme and coated on top with a layer of chocolate ganache. Simple, yet mouth watering. Classy, yet a disaster for the face once you bite into one.

Whenever my extended family gets together for some sort of pot-luck dinner, all my family wants is my Mom’s cream puffs. “What dessert do you want for Christmas/Birthday/Easter?”, the answer is almost always “cream puffs!”. The dessert is easy to make and disappears just as easily. The recipe makes roughly 12 cream puffs and there was a night when between four people, all 12 cream puffs disappeared from the dessert plate. Also, whenever my Mom makes a batch, somehow one or two cream puffs go missing before dinner (no idea who would do such a thing…). I’ve never heard a person say that they did not want one or they did not like the dessert.

In the end, I do not think it really matters how many dishes a Mom can cook or not. If my Mom keeps baking these delicious pieces of pastry heaven, I think everyone will be happy in their tummies!

My Mom’s Cream Puffs

My Mom’s Cream Puffs


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 1 can of chocolate frosting (or you can make your own)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Put the butter and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Stir in the flour and baking powder - stir until it forms a ball
  5. Place mixture in a standing mixer
  6. Put 4 eggs into the mixing bowl with the flour/butter mixture
  7. Mix on low/medium until the mixture is like glue and yellowish colour (3-4 minutes)
  8. Put about 2 tablespoons of dough on an ungreased cookie pan. You will yield approximately 12 puffs.
  9. 9. Bake until golden brown, do not under bake. Approximately 40 minutes
  10. 10. Remove from oven - allow to cool for a few moments, but then cut off the tops, about 1/2 way down
  11. Allow to cool
  12. After the puffs have cooled, pull out any soft uncooked bits
  13. Place puffs into the fridge for a few hours
  14. Fill with whipped cream and top with chocolate frosting.

Eat and Enjoy

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  1. wb says:

    They look so delicious! and the recipe didn’t seem as hard as i thought it would be, going to have to give this a try

  2. Carol L says:

    OMG!! My one weakness is cream puffs. 🙂 These look so darn delicious. I’m definitely going to make these with my daughter. Thanks so much for sharing your Mom’s recipe.
    Carol L

  3. Rick F says:

    OMG, my gramma used to make these. I’ve bookmarked this recipe.

  4. Karen E. Hill says:

    These look so decadent have to try them

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I used to make something similar fairly often – always went down a treat. I either used a coffee flavoured icing on top or a caramel one, not being too keen on the chocolate one.

  6. kathy downey says:

    wow,i have not has these in years,thanks for the recipe

  7. kathy downey says:

    Still never got around to making these

  8. kathy downey says:

    I did finally get to make these late month when my sister was home with her kids plus mmy own i just got the one but they sure were delicious,i kept off making them because i knew i would end up eating thanks goodness they saved me haha

  9. Debbie White Beattie says:

    This recipe looks great and the pictures make them look delicious especially because I love cream puffs.

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