Strawberry Cream Puffs are Heaven on a plate. A delicious, strawberry-filled cream is nestled between two flaky cream puff shells. It’s the ultimate in sweet indulgence.
If you love sweet treats, then you’ve come to the right place. Today, it’s all about these delicious strawberry cream puffs. They’re a dream for sweet lovers and those who just can’t get enough strawberries.
Filled with sweet, creamy strawberry cream, these cream puffs are a delicious strawberry treat that everyone will love. So keep reading, and learn how to make this delicious strawberry-infused confection.
Easy Strawberry Cream Puffs
Now you might think these aren’t so easy to make if you have never made them but believe me they are super easy! When we first made them we were a little bit scared.
Making the Choux pastry was a bit overwhelming because it was our first time but let me tell you it’s so simple. It’s actually a lot easier than you think.
As always when we make a recipe we always get things ready first by putting everything on the counter, measuring things out and being ready for the recipe. Believe me this simple step is a big one. It makes the recipe easy and a lot less of a hassle. Once you get used to doing this, you will do it all the time.
Cream puffs are a perfect dessert for any occasion. They always are a huge hit at parties, bridal showers, baby showers and any gathering where you needs a plateful off goodness. Strawberry has become a favorite cream puff flavor for us. But honestly we love them all.
We love them because there is no cutting or slicing of a dessert. You just pick one (or two) up at a time and enjoy a delicious light and delectable dessert.
We make these for spring get togethers such as Easter and birthdays. We love the strawberry flavor but you can use or add any fruit to this recipe. Sometimes we just make these plain without fruit. Just a giant drizzle of chocolate will do the trick!
The All-Purpose Sweet Treat
Strawberry cream puffs are one of the most versatile treats you can make. They’re perfect for almost any occasion. From little sweet bites for every holiday imaginable to showers, potlucks, or just a special treat for the family, you can serve up these cream puffs and always be confident that you brought the perfect thing to the party!
These pastry treats are 100% from-scratch. That might sound intimidating, but don’t be afraid. They’re actually very easy to make. From baking the cream puff shells to making the strawberry whipped cream filling, every aspect of this dessert is so easy. So let’s take a look!
This ingredient list couldn’t be simpler. Outside of fresh strawberries, you probably already have everything you need to make these strawberry cream puffs in your pantry and fridge. It only takes about a dozen ingredients and minimal work to make these cream puffs, and that’s a big win considering how fancy they seem. Here’s what you’ll need.
For the Cream Puff Shells
- 4 Ounces Cold Butter Cut Into Pieces
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1 Large Egg for Wash
- 1 Teaspoon Water
For the Strawberry Whipped Cream Filling and Chocolate Drizzle
- 1 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Strawberries
- 8 Ounces Softened Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 Cups Cold Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Dark or Milk Chocolate
That’s it! As you can see almost all of these ingredients are pantry staples. Most likely, you’ll only need to buy fresh strawberries and maybe cream cheese depending on how often you use it. Outside of that, it’s all in your kitchen right now.
Making the Strawberry Cream Puffs
Making these strawberry cream puffs is very basic and very easy. Even if you haven’t done much baking, you should have no problem making this tasty dessert. There are a few steps, but none of them is anything to be worried about. Even beginners can make this recipe!
We’ll be giving you a basic overview of how to make this recipe now, but for the full rundown, refer to the recipe at the end of the post.
For the Cream Puff Shells
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Add butter, salt, sugar, and water to a saucepan. Let them come to a boil over medium-high heat and quickly add flour, stirring continuously until a film appears on the bottom of the pan.
- Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Allow to cool and stir in 4 eggs one at a time, incorporating each completely.
- Fill a pastry bag with the dough.
- Pipe 2-inch rounds onto the baking sheet. Gently smooth down any peaks with a moistened finger.
- Whisk the last egg together with water to make a wash and gently brush over the pastry rounds.
- Bake on center rack for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees and continue baking until golden brown. Let pastry cool in the oven using the method described in the recipe at the end of this post.
For the Strawberry Whipped Cream Filling
- Beat cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
- Slowly add in cream with a mixer on medium-high, using the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold in the diced strawberries.
For the Chocolate Drizzle
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in short increments until melted. Allow to cool a bit if too hot and thin.
- Cut the tops off each cream puff shell with a bread knife.
- Pipe each shell liberally with cream all the way 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. You can refrigerate the strawberry cream puffs to speed up the process.
Whew! That might seem like a lot of work, but in reality, it really isn’t much at all. In fact, prep time for these cream puffs is only around a half-hour.
Strawberry Cream Puffs Variations
These strawberry cream puffs are so good just as they are that you’ll probably make them with no changes for quite a while. However, should you feel creative, you’ll be happy to know that you can switch things up very easily with this recipe.
All you have to do is finely dice different fruit to create different cream puff flavors. Almost any soft fruit will work. Apricots, plums, and peaches work well. Berries like blackberries and raspberries work well, too, and you don’t need to chop them. Just smash them up and blend with the whipped cream filling.
If chocolate is your bag, a little cocoa powder will give you a chocolate cream filling for your cream puffs. Looking for something a little different? Add some cinnamon to the filling.
You can also try adding different extracts to the filling to change up the flavor. You’ll find all kinds of interesting options in the baking aisle of your grocery store from lemon to maple.
Storing Strawberry Cream Puffs
Cream puffs are best eaten on the day they’re made, but they’ll keep for about 2 to 3 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for several weeks.
Wow Everyone with these Strawberry Cream Puffs
These delicious strawberry cream puffs will have everything thinking you spent hours baking in the kitchen. It’s up to you if you want to let them know it only took you about a half-hour. So fire up your oven and start baking. You’ll be wowing the crowd in no time. Whether you choose to divulge your secret is up to you.
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These strawberry cream puffs are filled with fresh strawberries and a cream cheese whipped cream filling. Wow your family and friends at any get-together.
- 4 oz. cold butter (cut into pieces)
- 1½ tsp granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 1 large egg (for wash)
- 1 teaspoon water
- 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh strawberries (diced fine to fit through icing tip)
- 2 cup heavy whipping cream (cold)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (dark or milk)
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 4 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 the oven to 375° and continue baking for approx. 20 min. or until golden brown. Turn the 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.
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.
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in short increments (15 seconds) until melted. Allow to cool a bit if too hot and thin.
Using a bread knife, cut off the tops of each cream puff shell.
Pipe each shell very full of cream, using a 4-B open star tip. 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 be placed in the refrigerator to hurry up this process.
Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator.