Dorthy Nelson’s Famous Cream Puff

Yields: 8-10 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time:
Ingredients Instructions
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 cups milk divided
  • 3 (3.4 ounce) packages Instant French Vanilla Pudding (see recipe note)
  • 8 ounces whipped topping defrosted (like Cool Whip)
  • Chocolate syrup as needed (like Hershey's)
For the Cream Puff Pastry Crust For the Cream Puff Filling
  • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • 2. Add the butter and water to a heavy saucepan and place over MEDIUM heat. Cook until the butter has melted and then bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and use a wooden spoon to stir in the flour until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms a soft ball.
  • 3. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl and let it rest for about 5 minutes to cool slightly. Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly with an electric mixer in between additions. Once all eggs have been added, continue to mix for a minute or two or until the mixture is smooth.Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish. Spread the sticky dough out evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. To make it easier, spray the backside of an offset spatula with non-stick cooking spray and use it to spread the dough.
  • 4. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until puffed up the sides of the pan and golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  • 1. Place softened cream cheese and 1 cup milk in a large mixing bowl and beat thoroughly with an electric mixer until the mixture is smooth. If there are small bits of cream cheese that don’t completely incorporate, it’s fine. Just beat the mixture so that it is as smooth as possible (starting with room temperature cream cheese will make this step easier). Add remaining milk and the pudding mix and beat again for several minutes on high speed until thickened.
  • 2. Spread the pudding mixture over the completely cooled crust. Spread the whipped topping over the pudding mixture and use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth it out. Chill for at least an hour or overnight.
  • 3. Drizzle with chocolate syrup before serving.