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In a world filled with chaotic routines and fast-paced lifestyles, there’s nothing quite like indulging in a delightful treat that brings back cherished memories and wraps you in warm nostalgia. Among the treasure trove of recipes handed down through generations, one stands out, etched forever in the annals of our family history – Mom’s Famous Cream Puffs. These ethereal pastries, with their delicate choux pastry shells and sumptuous whipped cream filling, are nothing short of a heavenly delight. As you embark on this culinary journey with me, prepare to experience a taste that transcends time and connects you to the heart of our family traditions.


For the Choux Pastry:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

For the Whipped Cream Filling:

  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Preparing the Choux Pastry

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring water, butter, and salt to a gentle boil over medium heat. Stir until the butter melts completely.
  2. Lower the heat and add the all-purpose flour all at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a smooth, cohesive dough that pulls away from the sides of the pan. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the dough cool for a minute or two.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until fully incorporated. The dough should become glossy and have a pipeable consistency.

Step 2: Piping the Pastry

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Transfer the choux pastry dough into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.
  3. Pipe small mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving enough space between them to allow for expansion.
  4. Dip your finger in water and gently pat down any peaks on the dough mounds to ensure even baking.

Step 3: Baking the Cream Puffs

  1. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cream puffs turn golden brown and puffy.
  2. Avoid opening the oven door during baking, as it may cause the pastries to deflate.
  3. Once baked, remove the cream puffs from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 4: Preparing the Whipped Cream Filling

  1. In a chilled mixing bowl, pour the heavy cream and add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to overwhip, as it can lead to the cream becoming grainy.

Step 5: Assembling the Cream Puffs

  1. Slice the cooled cream puffs in half horizontally using a sharp knife.
  2. Fill a piping bag fitted with a star tip with the whipped cream.
  3. Pipe generous dollops of the whipped cream onto the bottom half of each cream puff.
  4. Gently place the top halves back onto the cream puffs, creating a luscious sandwich of choux pastry and velvety cream.


As you take your first bite into Mom’s Famous Cream Puffs, you’ll discover the true essence of family and tradition encapsulated in this simple yet divine dessert. Each airy bite will transport you to cherished moments spent with loved ones, sharing laughter and creating memories. So savor these cream puffs with your heart, as much as with your taste buds, for they carry within them the legacy of a mother’s love and the sweetness of life’s most treasured moments. May this recipe become a part of your own family’s history, passed down through generations, bringing joy and love to all who taste its blissful charm. Bon appétit!

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