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Cream Puffs with Chocolate Ganache-just let everyone else think they are hard to make!

Cream Puffs with Chocolate Ganache-just let everyone else think they are hard to make!

I’m so excited to be grouping up with some of my favorite bloggy friends to celebrate a special Holiday. Festivus. Are you a Seinfeld fan? If so, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. If not (like me) then here’s a little explanation for you.

Today we’re taking a break from all the Christmas celebrations to discuss an odd group of friends, a strange pole and a ‘show about nothing.’ And by now, all you Seinfeld fans are smiling. It’s been 15 years since the TV series left the air but it’s still very much around in syndication, popular culture and a little made-up holiday called Festivus. Celebrated with a bare pole and an airing of grievances, it’s a time to come together and say “I got a lot of problems with you people!” It’s all in good fun, of course, and in its 9 seasons, quite a lot of delicious food came up on the show. So some of my blogger friends and I decided to cook the foods best associated with the Seinfeld years and give away some great holiday gifts.

Cream Puffs with Chocolate Ganache-just let everyone else think they are hard to make!

Aren’t my friends just the coolest? Did you catch that last line? There’s a giveaway involved today as well!

So now I guess I need to get into the spirit of the Holiday and air a few grievances.

I’m a happy person, I don’t really let things get to me, I just go with the flow and if someone annoys me, I just figure karma will catch up with them later.

So, let’s see what I can come up with.

Cream Puffs with Chocolate Ganache-just let everyone else think they are hard to make!

 My son’s socks. It’s actually become more of a joke these days. I feel sorry for his future wife, to be honest. My son just can not pick up his socks. I find them all over the house. It’s like they run away from him the minute he takes them off his feet. If you really want to know the full extent of this problem, I wrote a post about it and baked a cake in honor of  his socks here. The Cinnamon Streusel Cake is worth the effort to click over.

Another sock issue. Matching socks, can’t stand to do it, I don’t do it. If you wear socks in my house, you’ll find them in a big bucket in the laundry room. Match them yourself.

Dirty dishes left in the sink. We have a dishwasher. Nuff said about that one.

I feel so lame. I really can’t think of much else to complain about.  My life’s not perfect by any means, but I just go with the flow and let most of the annoying little things pass.

Cream Puffs with Chocolate Ganache-just let everyone else think they are hard to make!

Now as for these cream puffs. I do have a grievance. My sister first made this recipe when she was in high school. She’s an overachiever like that. Always creating complicated recipes just to see if she could. She’s always made everything she accomplishes look so easy and effortless. I know now how hard she works for all that she’s achieved and I’m so proud of her.

She warned me the puff would be the hard part of this recipe. She’s wrong. The puff was the easy part, and effortless. I know this because I had to make the puffs 4 times before I got the cream filling right. And I ate most of those empty puffs. So light, mostly air in the middle, so I could eat more than one (or 3) and not fill up.  No the cream was my issue. The first time I made it, I put the gelatin mixture in the fridge to chill and left it, thinking I could finish it the next day. Eight hours later, chatting with dear sis, I’m informed, no, you can’t just leave it. She was right, I had a hard rubbery, solid blob of gelled goop. The second time, I still let it chill too long, not my fault this time. I had a child calling needing a ride from school at the last minute. The third time. I made them at night. They came out wonderfully but the weather was awful for days and I never got them photographed.  The forth time, perfection!

Cream Puffs with Chocolate Ganache-just let everyone else think they are hard to make!

Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs


    Puff Pastry
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Vanilla cream filling
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 4 egg yolks (keep the egg whites for something else)
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a large cookie sheet (or use parchment paper.)
  2. In 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, heat water, butter and salt till better melts and mixture boils. Remove from heat.
  3. Add flour all at once. With wooden spoon vigorously stir until mixture leaves sides of the pan and forms a ball. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Using a large cookie scoop (use a small cookie scoop for minis) Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto cookie sheet The drops should be 1.5-2" in diameter. You can smooth out the tops with a moistened finger if you like.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden. Remove to racks to cool.
  5. For the Vanilla Cream filling, In a 3 qt saucepan mix gelatin, sugar and flour. In a small bowl with wire whisk, beat egg yolks and milk till well mixed. Stir into gelatin mixture. Cook over med-low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until mixture is very thick and coats the spoon well (about 10 minutes). Do not boil.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 45 minutes (do not over chill)
  7. In a small bowl, beat heavy whipping cream till soft peaks form. Fold into custard mixture.
  8. Use a bread knife to slice tops off puff pastries (about 1/3 from the top to 1/2). Spoon cream into opening and a little more to fill the top. Place top back on top of your cream.
  9. Prepare your Chocolate ganache. Place chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, heat cream over medium heat. At the first sign of boiling, remove from heat and pour hot cream over chocolate. Whisk till all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon over prepared cream puffs.


To make eclairs, place pastry dough in a pastry bag with a large, wide tip, then pipe dough into a log on your baking sheet.

These cream puffs are best eaten the day they are made. If you do need to make them ahead of time. Gently cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

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Cream Puffs with Chocolate Ganache-just let everyone else think they are hard to make!

Now this wouldn’t be a Festivus celebration without friends.

Festivus Collage

Check out all the wonderful creations my friends have come up with

Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen is making Marble Rye from “The Rye”
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is making Calzones from “The Calzone”
Renee from Magnolia Days is making Eggnog Frozen Yogurt from “The Non-Fat Yogurt”
Isabelle from Crumb is making Cherry Almond Muffin Tops from “The Muffin Tops”
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is making Challah Pretzels from “The Alternate Side”
Shanna from Pineapple and Coconut is making Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Wasabi Hollandaise and Crispy Leek and Potato Cakes from “The Hamptons”
Kelli from Kelli’s Retro Kitchen Arts is making a Big Salad from “The Big Salad”
Kelly from Kelly Bakes is making Mulligatawny Soup from “The Soup Nazi”
Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate and More is making Cream Puffs from “The Gymnast”
Marnely from Cooking with Books is making Apple Pie from “The Pie”
Diane from Created by Diane is making Black and White Cookies from “The Dinner Party”
Anita from Hungry Couple is making Chocolate Babka from “The Dinner Party”

Happy Festivus Everyone!
feel free to leave me a few grievance comments, after all it’s what this Holiday is all about!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. 4 times??? You are a trooper…but I would have been happy to help you eat the cast offs 🙂 Your cream puffs look perfect!

  2. I was really more of a Friends fan, so I don’t know the holiday, but I’ll make the cream puffs anyway 😉 They look awesome!

    And I’m not a fan of matching socks either. I always come up missing some and my husband can’t seem to take them off without turning them inside out, so it’s really turning the right side out that gets tedious. 🙂

  3. The first time I made cream puffs were from following my mom’s recipe. She makes them so often that she has it memorized. But she doesn’t write up recipes well. She left out some steps and some were wrong altogether. If I can recall I think my first time making them I ended up making the shells several times. Finicky little puffs I tell ya! Thanks so much for taking part in this! Happy Festivus!

  4. Oh man, I’d have grievances with cream puffs too if I’d had to make them 4 times. I don’t think I can eat that many, for one, even if it is spread out over a few days. Hopefully you managed to enlist the neighbours to help you out with all the extras or something. 🙂

  5. I. LOVE. Cream puffs!!!! and how deceptively simple they are to make–yours are gorgeous!

  6. My fiance watches Seinfeld every night for about an hour. Not going to lie, it irks me! It’s not my favorite show, but it’s one of his favorites. I’d love to win the boxed set for him!

  7. These look so delicious! I had no idea cream puffs were so easy to make. I could eat ganache (that I learned from you to make) with a spoon and nothing else. I can’t wait to make these for the family. Thanks for participating and making my first time such a great one – and also for being persistent in making them!

  8. Dang, I would have driven to your house to get those extra puffs while you were playing around with the cream filling. At least they did not go to waste. Now if you would just pass that platter through the screen to me it would be wonderful.

  9. I am not a big fan, but these cream puffs look to die for 🙂

  10. heavy whipping cream??? do I have to whip it first or just add to recipe..

    • For the cream filling, you whip the cream till soft peaks form then fold it into the gelatin mixture. For the chocolate ganache, you just heat the cream (no whipping) then pour over your chocolate.

  11. I haven’t attempted cream puffs since my failed croqembouche and now you’ve made me want to give them a go again. Even though it took 4 times, yours are perfect. And I’m sure they were the previous times. It sounds like life intervened, not that the recipe went wrong.

  12. Janine Solley says:

    I”ve made cream puffs before but cheated and used vanilla pudding.. it was much easier. I’m going to try this recipe… wish em luck…!!! Saturday is my daugther’s 14th birthday and she wants to take something different into school on Friday. Since her Bday celebration at school always pairs up with Christmas we don’t do cookies or cupcakes… was going to use strawberries and banannas cut up and formed into a candy cane like pattern… but these cream puffs seem like a good idea too…!! Hmmmm…. BUT… let’s see what’s she’s willing ot help with… LOL. I have MS and losing energy quickly these days so as long as she’s willing to help we can do anything..!!! Thansk for the recipe..!!!

  13. Sharon Cooke says:

    I love Seinfeld!! It sounds like such a fun party!! I hope you have a wonderful time. I guess my grievance right now is that I don’t have any darn cream puffs… they look yummy!!

  14. I LOVE cream puffs! Those look awesome. I’m definitely going to have to make them!

  15. Trying to match socks is about as possible as actually finishing the laundry with teenagers in the house, lol. I like your attitude woman, going with the flow is a good thing.

    I love these cream puffs. They are one of my favourite things to make and eat. So yummy. I eat half of them right out of the oven.

    Happy Festivus lady. xx

  16. Matching socks is pointless in my house. I usually get my complaint out of the way with the person involved so everything is aired out at the moment, but I got a kick out of reading yours! Going with the flow is great. And let karma do the dirty work. 🙂 That leaves more time for cream puffs!

  17. Evangeline Ng says:

    I love love love cream puffs! Going to make some. How much is an envelope of gelatine? My store had it in bottles. Thanks!

  18. Am I correct in thinking since instruction # 3 stated eclairs, that this recipe would work for eclairs also?? Thank you for this recipe since I have not found one that I can make as of yet. They always fall (not that I mind eating them), but I can’t serve them like that to guests!! lol

  19. It was so fun to read through all the recipes associated with the Seinfeld food episodes! Your cream puffs look amazing!

  20. I have made cream puffs plenty of times but I also use french vanilla pudding but I add some almond extract and some cool whip… Really light and delicious.

  21. I love Seinfeld! My kids grew up watching Seinfeld and Friends reruns. You know what irks me? When it’s slippery on the road and some fancy, big 4 wheel drive flies by me and the guy driving gives me a look like I’m a moron going 5 miles under the limit! Oh, and I love your cream puffs, can’t wait to try them!

  22. So I guess it’s now 4th times the charm? Either way I’m glad you kept on trying because these cream puffs are calling my name! Also my husband leaves his socks all over the place too! He gets hot, so he takes off his socks, on the couch, under the couch, on the coffee table. I kind of wish the dog still chewed on socks to teach him a lesson.

  23. I just use instant pudding or ice cream for the filling. Try peppermint ice cream – they are WONDERFUL !!!!

  24. This time of year it’s the crazy drivers trying to get somewhere 2 minutes before I can get there.

  25. Lol…my son leaves his socks everywhere too and the rest of his clothes. Definitely that would be one my grievances. Don’t even get me started on his

  26. Absolutely beautiful! Oh, and remind me not to let you wash any of my socks. I just can’t imagine having to stand over that basket trying to match them. 🙂

  27. I detest negative, self-absorbed people…especially during the holidays!!!

  28. I just saw a recipe for something Italian which was named “authentic” but is the furthest from anything even remotely authentic, and it just BURNS MY COOKIES!! Where do people get off saying things are authentic when they clearly have NO clue? Btw, there is no such thing as “Italian seasoning” in Italy! Thanks, I feel better and I hope I win the Seinfeld giveawayt! 😉

  29. Yum!! The cream puffs look so tasty! I’ve never attempted to make any before but I just might have to. I’d have to say one grievance…. My 7 yr old daughter can’t or won’t keep her room picked up!!

  30. This recipe is amazing, but i would like to know what the “C” , “T”, and “Envelope” stand for / mean, so that i can make it properly 🙂

    • Cis for Cup, T is for Tablespoon, t is for teaspoon and envelope is how unflavored gelatin is sold here. The wight for one envelope would be .25 ounces. I’ve updated the recipe to spell everything out. Enjoy!

  31. I made your recipe last night. I have to say AWESOME. I left the cream in exactly 45 mins. I think it was a smidge too long. it took forever to fold all the gelatin into the whipped cream. Eventually I pulled out the hand mixer and whipped it up a bit more then let it sit. On the counter. Once the gelatin reached somewhat room temp, it was MUCH EASIER. And it came out perfect. Tastes better than the best bakery in NY.

  32. It does not say to, but don’t you have to put it back on the stove after you add the flour and stir until mixture leaves sides of the pan and forms a ball?????

  33. Is heavy cream and heavy whipping cream the same thing??

  34. မင္းအိမ္ရွင္ says:

    thanks you so much for sharing of cream puffs

  35. I Luv, luv, luv Cream Puffs! I’ve only started a new hobby called baking and I could say I’m doing quite well. This is the first recipe I’ve seen for Cream Puffs and let me tell you, am I glad I found it! It was the best! I was afraid I was going to mess up on the shell but it was actually very easy to make. I had a bit of a difficulty with the cream filling but it was an easy fix. Overall, in my opinion, they are to die for!

  36. Although I bake a lot, I had never made cream puffs before.. This recipe was so easy!! The puffs came out perfectl. Instead of the vanilla cream filling I used a pumpkin mousse like filling (whipped cream, canned pumpkin, vanilla pudding and pumpkin pie spice). I brought these to a friends house yesterday forTnanksgiving and they were a great success! Thank you for sharing the recipe:-)

  37. Linda Billingsley says:

    How many cream puffs does this recipe make?

  38. I have made these many times now and they are so good.I have been a professional chef for over 25 years and I recently decided to improve my baking skills, Chocolate, Chocolate and More has been a huge inspiration to me..I have tried many of the recipes here and they have all turned out beautiful and delicious! Also when you ask a question you get a fast answer. I have worked with a Savory Pate a Choux for years so that part was easy..making the best filling is key..I used Bavarian cream, pasty cream , Ice Cream and all three in chocolate, chocolate malt, vanilla, banana strawberry and raspberry , all homemade of course, I’m a food snob..I won’t use boxed mixes. Try this’s fool proof and your family or guests will love them.

  39. Linda Billingsley says:

    Made the cream puffs the other day! Came out beautiful! Just loved them! The cream filling awesome and the ganache so beautiful!thanks linda

  40. Diane Biernat says:

    Being a diabetic, I put either sugar free banana or chocolate pudding in the middle of my cream puffs – YUMMY!!!

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