Decadent French Cream Puffs

If you’ve browsed around with The Gypsy Mamas before, you know I’m all about the food.  Adventure, finding new nooks and hidden crannies in the world, and food.

We visited Paris a few years ago.  We took cheesy but completely necessary tourist pictures under the iconic Eiffel Tower.   An entire day was devoted to the stunning Louvre.  The flowers in Luxembourg Garden boggled my mind.  And yet the thing that first comes to mind when I think of Paris?  Hanging out with a gargoyle, enjoying a cream puff.

Weaving through the cobblestone streets, we stumbled upon a little bakery.  The lure of freshly brewed coffee drew us in, but all those gorgeous pastries lining the display cases…. sheer heaven.  I’m afraid my French is pretty rusty, but hopefully I was able to convey my awe and extreme delight.  The first cream puff didn’t make it past the rustic bench outside the door.  The second I savored with my new gargoyle friends.

Meeting new people and trying locally made foods is one of my very favorite parts of travel.  I’ve been trying for years to recreate the Epic Cream Puff.  Until last week, I was sure the gargoyles were somehow a key ingredient, or that the shadow of history cast by the Eiffel Tower helped impart that airiness to the pastry.

Turns out, I think I’ve got it!  Want to try your hand at a cream puff?  Make a batch of these inviting little guys today.

My recipe makes approximately 40 cream puffs.  You can halve it or double it depending on your needs.


I love the versatility of these delicious little morsels.  Craving chocolate?  Change the filling, add nutella, maybe drizzle a ganache over the top.  Looking for a fresh bite for spring or summer?  Add raspberries.  Make the filling with a lemon pudding or shave lemon peel in.  Go crazy!  We just made these with a pumpkin variation.  I used vanilla pudding and heavy cream, then added in pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.  So. Crazy. Good.

I may not currently have a gargoyle to chat up while I’m savoring my cream puffs, but pretty sure this is the next best thing.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling? Drop me a line!


  1. I love cream puffs and will definitely try these! I haven’t been able to travel, but I can’t wait for the day I get too!

  2. I always thought cream puffs are super complicated, but I think you gave me the courage to try it!

  3. Omg!!! I’ll leave the baking to you and you just invite me over lol!

  4. These look incredible!! Paris is on our bucket list and I dream of walking down those cobblestone streets one day. Until then, I will just have to settle for Cream Puffs!

    • Cream puffs and travel magazines 🙂 It’s a wonderful combination! I sampled my last batch while dreaming about Thailand. I’m not sure if I’ll ever make it there, but it sure is on my bucket list!

  5. This looks delicious! I have never been much of a baker but I definitely want to try this. Would love to go to Paris for the food alone, love me some chocolate eclair

  6. Wow I think I want to make these. I’ve only ever had the frozen ones from Costco and well, these look a bajillion times better! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Please let me know what you think if you make them! The puff part is more egg-y than the ones from Costco, fair warning, but they seem more “authentic” to me that way. I hope you like them!

  7. Those look delicious. My hubby is a chef so I will tell him to try your recipe.

    • That would be awesome if he ends up trying them! Please let me know what you think.
      The puff is a little egg-y in flavor, but I love that you can fill them with anything and change them up for different occasions/cravings.

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