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Vanilla Cream Puff Dessert

Inspired by classic cream puffs, this recipe is a wonderful treat. I've served it at Cub Scout banquets, birthday parties and holidays. I'm a regular baker, and this dessert is one of my all-time favorites. —Denise Wahl, Homer Glen, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Chocolate syrup

Directions

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Continue beating until smooth and shiny. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° until puffed and golden brown, 28-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk and pudding mixes until smooth. Spread over the crust; refrigerate for 20 minutes. Spread whipped topping over filling. Store in the refrigerator. Just before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Fresh fruit makes for a colorful and tasty addition. Try berries or bananas.
  • A small offset spatula is your friend when you are spreading layered desserts. Don't have one? No problem; the back of a spoon works well, too.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 248 calories, 17g fat (11g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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    • shihtzumom53
      Aug 3, 2020

      Absolutely my favorite dessert of all time. My family has been making this for years except with chocolate Magic She’ll instead of choc syrup on top. We call it Eclair Cake.

    • Lucille
      Aug 2, 2020

      I was searching for a simple summer time suitable dessert recipe and came upon this recipe. It is absolutely the best. I have filed it with my "make again" recipes. It is a crowd pleaser. All who tasted it raved. This was simpler to prepare than chocolate eclairs or cream puffs.

    • Josephine66
      Aug 2, 2020

      Sounds perfect for my women's group but I would switch out the Cool Whip with freshly whipped cream. I wish there was a way around using the vanilla pudding but the cream cheese should make it taste more like pastry cream, so I will use it.

    • Jellybug
      Aug 2, 2020

      This sheet cream puff dessert was beyond delicious, It was the perfect ending to my Italian dinner I made for my family. Creamy and not too sweet. I served them with balsamic strawberries..

    • Dianne
      Aug 2, 2020

      My mom used to make cream puffs. They were heavenly and such a special treat. I love the idea of using a sheet pan for the dough when serving a larger crowd however I prefer to make the custard filling from scratch using egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, and butter (Mom marked in my now 50 year old Betty Crocker cookbook the vanilla custard recipe as what she used for her filling). I use this custard for hubby's birthday coconut cream pie and it is to die for. No whipped cream topping needed.

    • Linda
      Aug 2, 2020

      I know it takes a little longer but I make my own vanilla pudding from scratch. I don't like boxed. I like another reader whip my own cream and make whipped cream. Somuch better with fresh ingredients.

    • Laurie
      Aug 2, 2020

      Got this recipe quite a few years ago from Taste of Home. It is THE BEST !

    • rebeor123
      Aug 2, 2020

      When I make this I use French vanilla pudding. I buy a can of Betty Crocker dark fudge frosting, melt it a little in micro, then drizzle over top of whipped cream. I don't use the whole can of frosting. Very good.

    • Diane
      Aug 2, 2020

      Why waste time making the dough ? Puff pastry works beautifully in this recipe. I have made it both ways and the puff pastry is the winner !

    • Sheila
      Jan 19, 2020

      So delicious! About like eating a chocolate eclair and I JUST LOVE CHOCOLATE ECLAIRS! I made it as it was written and wouldn't change a thing. The reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 stars is because the bottom part of the crust was a little solidified and I would have liked it a little flakier.