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Easy Homemade Strawberry Cream Puffs

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Strawberry Cream Puffs – light, airy, and golden pastry puffs filled with a light and creamy whipped cream cheese filling, infused with real strawberries. Served with a rich, but simple drizzle of semi-sweet dark chocolate sauce.  These elegant looking profiteroles taste even better than they look! 

strawberry cream puffs on a cake stand with strawberries

And man, do these strawberry cream puffs look great! While impressing people shouldn’t be the top reason on your list for making this light and cheesy strawberry delight, it won’t stop them from being just that!

If you’ve never baked a cabbage paste before, wait, what? This is a strawberry cream puff recipe. Why are we talking about cabbage paste? Lol, I’m glad you asked!

The uncomplicated pastry dough ingredients form a smooth paste that is piped into mounds and baked.  These mounds will puff up to twice their original size, and these golden crusted pastries resemble little cabbages. 

And Viola! Pâte à Choux, (pronounced “pat a shoo”) or choux pastry as it is called, gets its name from the cabbage shaped appearance it has after baking. Isn’t that cool?

What’s even better is that once you try your hand at making cream puffs with strawberry cream cheese filling, you’ll be surprised at all the ways you can explore making pastries with this cream puff pastry recipe. 

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Cream Puffs Recipe

  • It’s light, airy, and full of flavor!
  • Easy and quick to make
  • If you are trying to impress your friends, this puff pastry dessert will knock their socks off.
  • The combo of sweetened cream cheese and strawberry is classic and perfect for spring and summer or any celebration.

Equipment Needed To Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry

  • Baking Sheets – I prefer stainless steel because they will not rust.
  • Parchment Paper
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon 
  • Pastry Bag (or ziploc bag) I buy the disposable ones. They work well and you don’t need to worry about cleaning them. And, they don’t cost a lot.
  • ⅝” Icing Tip – Make sure to get the stainless steel in these also. No rust! I like to have a plain edge tip and one with a star edge for when I want to get fancier.
  • Whisk – Love the ones with the ball tips because they seem to be able to get into the edges of the mixing bowl better.
  • Wire Rack – Again, love the stainless steel ones.
  • Electric Mixer
  • Large Mixing Bowl

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Ingredients For Your Puff Pastry Dough

  • 4 oz cold butter (cut into pieces)
  • 1½ tsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 4 lg eggs
  • 1 lg egg (for wash)
  • 1 tsp water
ingredients for cream puff dough

Ingredients for the Strawberry Pastry Cream Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c fresh strawberries (diced fine to fit through icing tip)
  • 2 c heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1 c chocolate chips (dark or milk)
ingredients for strawberry pasrty cream filling

How To Make Strawberry Cream Puffs

Making the Cream Puff Shells

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add butter, salt, sugar and 1 cup of water to a medium saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high. Let come to a boil and quickly add in the flour, stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir continuously until a film appears on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Allow to cool for approx. 4 min. After cooled, stir in 4 eggs, one at a time, incorporating each completely.
  4. Fill a pastry bag with the dough, attaching a 5/8- inch plain icing tip.
  5. Pipe 2-inch rounds onto the baking sheet. If there are peaks on the tops of the rounds, gently smooth them down with a moistened finger.
  6. Whisk the remaining egg together with the teaspoon of water to make the wash. Brush gently over the tops of the pastry rounds.
  7. Bake for 15 min. on the center rack of the oven then reduce oven to 375° and continue baking for approx. 20 min. or until golden brown. Turn oven off and place the handle of a wooden spoon between the oven and the door to prop open. Keep the cream puff shells in the oven until the oven has cooled to just warm. Remove puffs to a wire rack to cool completely.
making the puff pastry shells

How to Make the Strawberry Pastry Cream

  1. Beat cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
  2. Slowly add in cream with the mixer on medium-high using the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form.,
  3. Gently fold in the diced strawberries.
making the strawberry pastry cream

How to Make the Chocolate Icing Drizzle

  1. Melt chocolate chips in microwave in short increments (15 seconds) until melted. Allow to cool a bit if too hot and thin.

Assembling the Strawberry Cream Puffs

  1. Using a bread knife, cut off tops of each cream puff shell.
  2. Pipe each shell very full of cream, using a 4-B open star tip. taking it out to the edges.
  3. Place tops back on and dust with powdered sugar.
  4. Drizzle melted chocolate over the tops.
  5. Allow chocolate to set up a bit before serving. Can place in the refrigerator to hurry up this process.
  6. Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator.
assembling the strawberry cream puffs

Key Tips For Cream Puff Preparation:

  • Make sure your cooked choux base is cool enough before adding in the eggs. Sometimes this can be as long as 10-15 minutes.
  • Beat all the eggs first, but only add the equivalent of one egg at a time to your choux dough.
  • Mix, mix, mix the dough! It will appear separated at times, but consistent mixing will result in a smooth and creamy batter.
  • If you don’t have a tip or piping bag on hand you can use a ziploc bag with one of the bottom corners cut off to pipe out the pastry paste.

Cream Puffs With Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling FAQs

Can I freeze my baked cream puff dough for later use? 

Yes! You can freeze cream puff shells baking the dough if you have extra you are planning on using them later. Prepare the dough according to instructions, bake, place the cooked cream puff in a container with wax paper on top and freeze until solid. Transfer to freezer-safe bags or airtight containers and remove as much air as possible for best results. 

Note: You can NOT freeze uncooked choux dough. 

Can I add a different extract such as almond or mint to my cream puff filling? 

Yes! You can add your favorite flavoring of extract to your cream cheese filling if you don’t want to use vanilla.

Can I use milk instead of water in my Pâte à Choux dough?

Yes! You can substitute milk instead of water. In fact, many pastry chefs prefer a half milk and half water mix in their choux pastry.

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Strawberry Cream Filled Cream Puffs

Light, airy, and golden pastry puffs filled with a light and creamy whipped cream cheese filling, infused with real strawberries.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream puffs, strawberry, cream cheese, puff pastry
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 334kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheets
  • Parchment Paper
  • pastry bag
  • electric mixer
  • wire rack

Ingredients

Cream Puff Shells

  • 4 oz cold butter (cut into pieces)
  • tsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 4 lg eggs
  • 1 lg egg (for wash)
  • 1 tsp water

Strawberry Whipped Cream Filling and Chocolate Drizzle

  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c fresh strawberries (diced fine to fit through icing tip)
  • 2 c heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1 c chocolate chips (dark or milk)

Instructions

Cream Puff Shells

  • Preheat the oven to 425° Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add butter, salt, sugar and 1 cup of water to a medium saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high. Let come to a boil and quickly add in the flour, stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir continuously until a film appears on the bottom of the pan.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Allow to cool for approx. 4 min. After cooled, stir in eggs, one at a time, incorporating each completely.
  • Fill a pastry bag with the dough, attaching a 5/8 inch plain icing tip.
  • Pipe 2-inch rounds onto the baking sheet. If there are peaks on the tops of the rounds, gently smooth them down with a moistened finger.
  • Whisk the remaining egg together with the teaspoon of water to make the wash. Brush gently over the tops of the pastry rounds.
  • Bake for 15 min. on the center rack of the oven then reduce oven to 375° and continue baking for approx. 20 min. or until golden brown. Turn oven off and place the handle of a wooden spoon between the oven nd the door to prop open. Keep the cream puff shells in the oven until the oven has cooled to just warm. Remove puffs to a wire rack to cool completely.

Strawberry Whipped Cream Filling

  • Beat cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
  • Slowly add in cream with the mixer on medium-high using the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form.,
  • Gently fold in the diced strawberries.

Chocolate Drizzle

  • Melt chocolate chips in microwave in short increments (15 seconds) until melted. Allow to cool a bit if too hot and thin.

Assembly

  • Using a bread knife, cut off tops of each cream puff shell.
  • Pipe each shell very full of cream, taking it out to the edges.
  • Place tops back on and dust with powdered sugar.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the tops.
  • Allow chocolate to set up a bit before serving. Can place in the refrigerator to hurry up this process.
  • Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cream puff | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 841IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

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