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This easy cream puff dessert uses creamy pudding and frozen whipped topping on top of a cream puff crust to create a delicious dessert that’s so simple to make, yet incredibly impressive to bring to a gathering.
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  1. CREAM PUFF DESSERT INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CREAM PUFF DESSERT RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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An easy twist on the classic French dessert, this cream puff dessert is made with a crispy choux pastry base, a layer of creamy vanilla custard, fluffy whipped topping, and a drizzle of rich hot fudge sauce. Think of it as a cream puff cake!

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CREAM PUFF DESSERT INGREDIENTS

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You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of salted butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (3.4-ounce) packages of French vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 8-ounce tub of frozen Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  • Hot fudge sauce

PRO TIP:

Make sure you are using instant pudding and not regular pudding that requires cooking on the stovetop for this recipe.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FRENCH VANILLA PUDDING MIX: There isn’t too much difference between French vanilla pudding and regular vanilla pudding, so you could use the regular kind for the delicious filling in this easy cream puff recipe if needed.

HOT FUDGE SAUCE: Chocolate syrup would also work to drizzle on top of this dessert.

TOPPINGS: If you wanted, you could add chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or any other small candy pieces on top of this dessert. You could also go a different route and add fresh fruit on top of this delicious dessert.

WHIPPED CREAM LAYER: You can either use store-bought or homemade whipped cream in this delicious recipe. Check out our own stabilized whipped cream recipe.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CREAM PUFF DESSERT RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a 4-quart large saucepan heat butter, water, and salt over medium heat. When the butter has melted completely and the mixture begins to boil, remove it from heat.

STEP THREE: Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan and a smooth ball forms. Allow it to cool for five minutes.

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STEP FOUR: One at a time, add the eggs, beating each egg into the mixture with a wooden spoon.

PRO TIP:

The mixture will separate with the addition of each egg but then come back together to form a smooth paste-like batter.

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STEP FIVE: Spread the batter into the bottom of the baking dish.

STEP SIX: Bake for 25 minutes, until puffy and golden brown in color. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

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STEP SEVEN: While the pastry is cooling, use the wire whisk attachment on an electric mixer or stand mixer to beat together the softened cream cheese, vanilla pudding, milk, and heavy cream.

PRO TIP:

A wire whisk will help to break down the cream cheese, but it is important that the cream cheese is quite soft and at room temperature before mixing. A few lumps won’t matter to the end result.

STEP EIGHT: Spread the vanilla pudding mixture to fill the cooled pastry.

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STEP NINE: Add a layer of whipped topping on top of the cream filling.

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STEP TEN: Drizzle with hot fudge sauce.

HOW TO SERVE

This delicious cream puff cake recipe would be extra special with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. This would be an impressive and scrumptious dessert to whip up for company.

For more delicious pudding dessert ideas, take a look at this creamy French silk pie. Our cream puffs are the classic version of this amazing dessert.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Cover this cream puff dessert with plastic wrap and you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to five days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can make this puff dessert in advance and freeze it for up to one month. Thaw in the refrigerator before adding the hot fudge drizzle.

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This easy cream puff dessert in a pan recipe has all the deliciously sweet flavors of homemade cream puffs but without all the hard work! It’s cream puff filling with pudding and Cool Whip is silky smooth.

Rather than making individual cream puffs, you can bake everything in one pan in a cream puff pastry for a simple dessert that’s an easy make-ahead dessert.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this cream puff dessert?

This easy recipe is an excellent make-ahead dessert and can be frozen for up to a month.

Can I use a store-bought puff pastry instead of making the crust from scratch?

For the puffy crust, it is best to make this choux pastry from scratch. Choux pastry is slightly different than puff pastry and therefore, will give you slightly different results.

Can I add extra toppings to this dessert?

You can make this cream puff dessert extra decadent with sweet toppings such as chocolate chips, nuts, or even fresh fruit.

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Cream Puff Dessert

5 from 43 votes
This easy cream puff dessert uses creamy pudding and frozen whipped topping on top of a cream puff crust to create a delicious dessert that’s so simple to make, yet incredibly impressive to bring to a gathering.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 6.8 ounces French Vanilla instant pudding mix (two 3.4-ounce packages)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping thawed
  • hot fudge sauce you can try our delicious hot fudge sauce recipe!

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a 9×13 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a 4-quart saucepan heat butter, water, and salt over medium heat. When the butter has melted completely and the mixture begins to boil, remove it from heat.
  • Immediately mix flour into the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms a smooth ball.
  • Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Adding only one egg at a time, beat each egg into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon. The mixture will separate with the addition of each egg but then come back together, forming a smooth paste-like batter.
  • Spread batter into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges have poofed up the sides of the baking dish and the batter is golden brown. Some of the batter on the bottom of the dish may puff up also, which is fine.
  • Cool completely.
  • Use the wire whisk attachment on a hand or standing mixer to beat together softened cream cheese, pudding, milk, and heavy cream. A wire whisk will help to break down the cream cheese, but it is important that the cream cheese is quite soft before mixing.
  • Spread pudding mixture to fill the cooled puff. Spread the whipped topping evenly over the pudding filling.
  • Serve with hot fudge sauce drizzled over the top.

Notes

TIP: Make sure you are using instant pudding and not regular pudding that requires cooking on the stovetop for this recipe.
TIP: The mixture will separate with the addition of each egg but then come back together to form a smooth paste-like batter.
TIP: A wire whisk will help to break down the cream cheese, but it is important that the cream cheese is quite soft and at room temperature before mixing. A few lumps won’t matter to the end result.
 

Nutrition

Sodium: 271mg | Calcium: 79mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 645IU | Sugar: 16g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 117mg | Cholesterol: 97mg | Calories: 285kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 24g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Sam says

    5 stars
    The last time I made cream puffs, I left them out unattended a little too long and my dog ate the entire batch. I love this twist and look forward to trying it.. and not sharing it with my pup

  2. Jamie Klopp says

    5 stars
    Recipe is perfect, yummy! I always make whipped cream for my desserts with heavy cream and I would use it for this recipe also. Thanks!!

  3. Greg Cecere says

    I have never mad this kind of dessert before, but the simple instructions make me want to try it very soon. I would add maraschino cherries on top after the chocolate sauce.

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