Profiteroles Recipe (Cream Puffs)

Profiteroles with vanilla cream filling and topped with chocolate sauce, one of the most delicious bite-size French desserts. The perfect chocolate treat for any party.

A close-up shoot of a profiteroles with others in the background

What are porofiteroles

You will probably hear more about French chocolate eclairs, although profiteroles or cream puffs are pretty popular too.

And while the difference between them is minimal, they all share the same dough: the classic choux pastry (pastry dough). It’s a lot simpler to make them than you would think, and this is the only profiteroles recipe you will ever need.

The vanilla cream filling is silky and luscious, the one and only French crème pâtissière recipe, which can be used as a base for so many other desserts, like Cremeschnitte Recipe.

It’s almost a tradition now to make these cream puffs for the New Year’s Party, mum bakes them every single year without a fail.

As a child I used to love giving a helping hand when making them, or shall we say licking the cream bowl clean.

Still helping, right? Although mum usually choose the long shape, which would qualify them as eclairs, I prefer the round shape.

A tray with profiteroles to be baked Baked profiteroles on a baking tray

Anyway, regardless of the shape, they are so delicious.

How many profiteroles can you make out of a batch?

The amount I have listed below give you a pretty large batch, about 30 of them, so you will have to use 2 or 3 baking trays to make the choux pastry, or the dough.

Do leave plenty of space between them, otherwise they might stick to each other.

The cream filling, if you happen to have any leftover, can be easily used for any tarts. Or just sandwich some crackers together, dip them in chocolate sauce, and you’ve got a dessert in seconds.

Using dessicated coconut is entirely optional, but I think they look a lot nicer with it, and get that nice extra flavour.

When you make the chocolate topping, do leave it to cool down, preferably in the fridge, so it can get a chance to harden a bit, otherwise it won’t really top the cream puffs well, and you’ll end up with really messy hands when you eat them.

A white plate with 7 profiteroles

As a general rule, the cream filling and the dough also have to be completely cool before baking and filling them.

Don’t worry if the choux pastry is crispy when they come out of the oven, the soften nicely once they are refrigerated. And here you have, an indulgent dessert to treat yourself with no matter the occasion.

Can you make profiteroles ahead?

No time to bake them on the day of your party? They can be safely made ahead. just store the cream and glaze in the fridge, and the pastries in a cool place, and they can be filled whenever you need them.

I would suggest you leave them in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours once the cream puffs have been filled, the cooler they are, the more delicious. I guarantee you, these beauties will be the star of any party. They are absolutely amazing!


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A close-up shot of a profiterole with other profiteroles in the background
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Profiteroles, a fantastic bite-size French dessert that is perfect for any party.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: bite-size treats
Servings: 26 puffs
Calories: 205 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
For the dough:
  • 250 ml water
  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • 250 g flour
  • 5 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
For the filling:
  • 750 ml milk
  • 150 g sugar
  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the glaze:
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 tbsp boiling water
  • dessicated coconut to decorate (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. (375 Fahrenheit).
  2. To make the pastry, mix the water, oil and salt into a pan and bring it to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat, add the flour mixing quickly with a spatula. You will get a dough-like texture. Leave it to cool.

  3. Add the eggs one by one and mix well until you get a smooth texture.
  4. Line 2 large baking trays with greaseproof paper.

  5. You can either use a piping bag or just a spoon to scoop the mixture onto the baking trays. Make sure you leave about 2 cm between each of the pastries.

  6. Bake them at 180 degrees C for 15-20 minutes or until golden-brown.

  7. To make the filling, boil half of the milk with the sugar.

  8. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the other half of milk.

  9. Pour the milk and flour mixture over the sugar one and simmer them until the cream thickens.
  10. Allow the cream to cool a bit, then add the butter and mix well. The cream will become really smooth and delicious.
  11. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  12. For the glaze, mix all the ingredients together.
  13. Once the pastries are ready, transfer them to a rack and allow them to cool. Half each of the pastries and fill them with cream and glaze with the cocoa powder mixture. Decorate with dessicated coconut. Delicious!!!
Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Potassium 72mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Calcium 4%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    December 31, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I’ve been telling myself for the past few months that I need to make eclairs – your recipe is just what I need. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      January 1, 2016 at 1:07 am

      They are always such a treat! I hope you’ll enjoy the recipe! ?

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    January 1, 2016 at 12:12 am

    You’re killing me with these eclairs ! I just want to pick one up and eat it. Delish!

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    Sarah and Laura @ Wandercooks
    January 1, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Never made these before – but when they look that good – how can we resist! Onto the to-do list they go haha

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      January 1, 2016 at 5:03 am

      I hope you’ll like them ? Thank you for stopping by and Happy New Year!

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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    January 1, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I’ve never made eclairs before, because I thought they were quite complicated and fussy, but your recipe looks very straightforward and so yummy! I think I’m going to have to give them a try now.

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      Daniela Apostol
      January 1, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Thank you, l am sure you’ll love these éclairs. Happy New Year!

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    January 1, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    These do look scrumptious! Now I have to try to make eclairs, I always thought they would be too difficult. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Daniela Apostol
      January 1, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you! They are really easy to make, I am sure you will enjoy making them! 🙂

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
    January 1, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I too love eclairs. These eclairs look perfect. Great recipe!!

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    January 2, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Wow, these looks so amazingly delicious, I could eat this in my sleep.. simply loving the eclairs

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    Revathi Palani
    January 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    OMG, these eclairs are amazingly drool worthy and justify your blog name 🙂

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      Daniela Apostol
      January 2, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you very much, l am happy that you like them ?

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    Manal Obieda
    January 3, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    One of my favorite desserts and one of the most requested on my catering menu…lovely pictures too Daniela…thanks for sharing

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      Daniela Apostol
      January 3, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you very much! They are very populat and rightly so, they just taste so good. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Manal Obieda
    January 3, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I love these Daniella…great pics too..

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    Manal Obieda
    January 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Love the pics and the dessert…Happy New Year

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    January 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I haven’t made chocolate eclairs for years, but your recipe has inspired me to have a go very soon. Yours looks wonderful.

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      Daniela Apostol
      January 8, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Thank you! ? I hope you’ll like them, they taste amazing of left in the fridge for a few good hours.

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    January 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Such a great way to end the New Year. You can never go wrong with something creamy topped off with a little chocolate decadence.

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