Espresso Cream Puffs

Espresso Cream Puffs Recipe
Randy Mayor
Cream puffs never go out of style, but we added espresso powder to give these a new flavor. To lighten them, we decreased the butter in the puffs and used fat-free milk. We also added gelatin and whipped topping to the pastry cream for an incredibly light and creamy filling that holds up well.


2 dozen (serving size: 1 cream puff)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 67
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 2 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 0.6 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 2.2 g
Carbohydrate 9.9 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Sodium 77 mg
Calcium 28 mg


Cream puffs:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup fat-free milk
2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
1 tablespoon instant espresso granules or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
Cooking spray
Pastry cream:
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup fat-free milk
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large egg yolks
3/4 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
Powdered sugar (optional)


Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare cream puffs, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; set aside. Combine 1 cup milk, butter, and espresso granules in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; add flour mixture, stirring well until mixture is smooth and pulls away from sides of pan. Remove mixture from heat. Add eggs and egg white, 1 at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Drop the dough by level tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°; bake an additional 10 minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove from oven; pierce the side of each cream puff with the tip of a sharp knife. Turn oven off; let cream puffs stand in partially closed oven for 20 minutes. Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare pastry cream, sprinkle gelatin over water in a small bowl; set aside. Combine 3/4 cup milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through egg yolks) in a medium saucepan. Place over low heat; cook until warm, stirring constantly. Stir in gelatin mixture; cook over medium heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl; let stand 15 minutes or until room temperature (do not allow mixture to set). Remove pan from ice. Gently whisk in whipped topping. Cover and chill 4 hours or until thick.

Cut tops off cream puffs; fill each cream puff with 1 tablespoon filling. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

November 2000
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