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Vanilla Cream Puff Dessert Recipe

Vanilla Cream Puff Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD:15 servings


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


  • 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 the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° for 28-30 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. 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 with whipped topping. Store in the refrigerator. Just before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional 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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cookin4livin User ID: 6360954 271489
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017

"I've been making this recipe for 20 plus years. It is a family favorite. In fact my Husband always wanted this instead of a birthday cake. When I made it I used sugar free pudding along with sugar free whipped topping with my husband being a diabetic. Another added hint I would add sliced bananas to change it up a bit. June"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 271458
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017

"I have been making this recipe for 30 yrs since I was a teenager. We called it ?clair cake. It is a family favorite."

Janine User ID: 9207462 271455
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017


MaryXmas15 User ID: 8619392 249598
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"easy recipe with excellent results! People rave about this cake."

hkwenke01 User ID: 6720835 215098
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"Delicious! I'd recommend doubling the pudding and whipped topping though....barely enough to cover a layer using this large of a pan. This amount would be perfect for a 9x13 pan."

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 208087
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"Have made this numerous times and always come home with an empty pan. Yummy!"

jcox53333 User ID: 5083615 159512
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"I have made this numerous times. The end product always impresses everyone and they seem to think it is complicated to make. It is quite simple and absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend!"

roseholste User ID: 2524778 164514
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"Wonderful dessert! I have made it with sugar free pudding mix and low fat whipped topping for a lighter dessert. Always fabulous."

vgunden User ID: 3149348 159495
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"This is always the first dessert to go at any gathering. LOVE IT!!!"

lorriej User ID: 4946024 95615
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"I loved this recipe....I bake for a living and my customers loved it!"

jkrus User ID: 4626089 157888
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times. It is easy and everybody loves it."

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