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How To Make Yummy Cream Puff Dessert

Published: August 24, 2020 • 
Last Modified: December 21, 2023
Published: December 21, 2023

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cream puff dessert

This cream puff dessert is just plain fun to make. Besides that, it's even more fun to eat because it's simply delicious and a showy dessert that isn't hard to put together!

Cream cheese added to the pudding makes a soft but firm and meltingly delicious filling. Notice how each piece stands up nicely and tall for a great presentation!

How To Make The Cream Puff Dessert Crust

Cream puff batter is fascinating. Combine the water, salt, and butter and bring it to a boil. It's only got five ingredients! When you cook it, the flour, salt, water, and butter magically come together to form a ball of dough that doesn't stick to the side of the pan.

cream puff desset crust

Next, take the dough off the stove and let it cool for about 5 minutes. This is an important step. Use a wooden spoon to stir in four eggs, one at a time.

The eggs are what make the dough do fancy tricks. If you bake it in individual blobs of batter plopped on a baking sheet, the puffs end up hollow inside. When you bake it in a pan, it creates undulating hills and valleys of tasty golden crust.

cream puff crust step 2

Spread that eggy batter in a greased 13" by 9" pan.

Bake the crust for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Let it cool until it's no longer warm to the touch.

Look at that beautiful landscape of light and tasty crust! Looks fancy, but it's deceptively easy to do!

Now Make The Yummy Cream Puff Dessert Filling

You'll want to have the cream cheese at room temperature. Warm the milk just a little in the microwave. Add about a cup of the warm milk to the cream cheese and beat until it's nice and soft.

Next, add the puddings and the rest of the milk. Continue to beat the pudding mixture until everything is blended completely and all the flecks of cream cheese are mixed in. This will be a thick mixture.

I can't believe my avocado green mixer from the 1970s is still on the job! When it finally gives up the ghost, I have my eye on a cute red KitchenAid hand mixer, but I'm patient.

Spoon the mixture onto the crust and spread to the edges of the pan. Chill until the pudding is set.

Beautiful Final Touches For Cream Puff Dessert

When the pudding is set, smooth a whole tub of whipped topping over the top clear to the edges. Sprinkle on candy bits of your choice. Here I used brickle bits and semi-sweet mini chocolate chips for the chocoholic birthday girl we were celebrating.

I got this recipe from a darling young mom who got the recipe from her mom. The recipe is dated 1992. I still had a high school student at home then!

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Yield: 16 servings

Cream Puff Dessert

one serving cream puff dessert

Chocolate pudding with cream cheese sits atop a cream puff crust then is slathered with whipped topping and sprinkled with candy bits.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs

Filling

  • One 8-ounce block cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 small 3.9-ounce box instant pudding
  • 1 large 5.85-ounce box instant pudding
  • 3 3/4 cup milk, warmed slightly

Topping

  • 1 regular size tub of whipped topping, defrosted
  • About 1/3 cup candy bits of choice, more if you want

Instructions

  1. Combine water, salt, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add flour all at once and stir until the mixture forms a ball of dough.
  3. Set aside and let cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Use a wooden spoon to beat in four eggs, one egg at a time.
  5. Spread mixture in a greased 13" x 9" pan.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Cool crust.
  8. Warm milk slightly in the microwave.
  9. Add about 1 cup of warm milk to cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beat until cream cheese is quite soft.
  10. Add remaining milk and pudding mixes to the cream cheese mixture and beat until all blended and no flecks of cream cheese are showing.
  11. Spread pudding mixture over crust and chill until pudding is set.
  12. Spread a container of whipped topping over the pudding.
  13. Garnish with candy bits and refrigerate until it is served.

Notes

This recipe used instant chocolate pudding, but you can use butterscotch, vanilla, or pistachio pudding, too!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g

Today, we're making this a chocolate dessert for all those chocoholics out there, but butterscotch, lemon, or pistachio pudding would also make this a killer dessert! Try Butterfinger bits on pistachio! Delish!! Another idea is to add sliced strawberries or peaches to chilled and thickened vanilla pudding.

You might also enjoy this No-Bake Lemon Dessert Recipe or this gorgeous Cranberry Cake!

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Love, GB (Betty Streff)

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13 comments on “How To Make Yummy Cream Puff Dessert”

  1. […] Cream cheese added to the pudding makes a soft but firm and meltingly delicious filling. Notice how each piece stands up nice and tall for a great presentation! RECIPE HERE —->CRAZY GOOD CHOCOLATE CREAM PUFF DESSERT IT’S THE BOMB […]

  2. Looks amazing, could use the cream puff choux for several toppings as another version. Much quicker than individual puffs.

    1. I do not calculate the nutrition information, it’s a function of the recipe maker template that happens when I enter the ingredients. Very interesting! I’ll take a look.

  3. […] I can’t resist sharing another cool, creamy chocolate dessert recipe here! This one has a cream puff crust, and it’s divine, too! Crazy Good Chocolate Cream Puff Dessert. […]

    1. Hi, I replied to your email because all I had was my phone. The pudding and cool whip would do fine, but I think the crust would get soggy as it defrosts. I've never tried it, so I would not recommend it.

    1. The honest answer is I have never tried it. You may need to bring the sides up somehow- I have some in the freezer- I need to try it! if you do, let me know, please!

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