Cream Puffs:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup stick butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring
  1. Heat oven to 400*
  2. Heat water and butter to rolling boil in 2 1/2 -quart saucepan. Stir in flour; reduce heat to low. Add 1-2 drops of red food coloring or until a light pink color appears; stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball; remove from heat.
  3. Beat in eggs, all at once; continue beating until smooth. Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls about 3 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from a draft. Cut off the top third of each puff and pull out any strands of soft dough.
  5. Fill puffs with cream filling; replace tops. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Cream Filling:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons stick butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring
  1. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in 2-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in milk.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils.
  3. Boil and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks; stir back into hot mixture in saucepan. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter, vanilla, and red food coloring until light pink color shows; cool.


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring
  1. Mix powdered sugar and butter in a medium bowl. Stir in vanilla and milk.
  2. Beat until smooth and spreadable.


  1. Fill cream puffs with filling about 1-2 inches thick.
  2. Put the buttercream in a piping bag; cutting a medium tip.
  3. Frost cream puffs with buttercream, swirling around the outside until coming to the center.
  4. Place a cherry or bright red candy on top of the frosting (if desired).

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