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Vanilla Cream Puff Dessert

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

15 servings

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

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

  1. 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.
  2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° until puffed and golden brown, 28-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. 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.