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Vanilla Cream Puffs Recipe

Vanilla Cream Puffs Recipe

In his Raleigh, North Carolina kitchen, Mike Kennon turns out batches of these yummy morsels! "The puffs are filled with a tasty almond-vanilla cream, and there's a hint of cinnamon in the chocolate glaze," he says.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • CHOCOLATE GLAZE:
  • 6 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening
  • 3/4 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • 2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  • 3. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls 3 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough inside. Cool puffs.
  • 4. In a bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix and extract on low speed for 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Fill cream puffs; replace tops.
  • 5. In a heavy saucepan, combine glaze ingredients. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Drizzle over cream puffs. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 362 calories, 27 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 150 mg cholesterol, 349 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.