Nutella Cream Puffs

I was sixteen years old and visiting a friend in Toronto when I had my first taste of the famous chocolate-hazelnut spread, Nutella. We snuck down to the kitchen at three in the morning and made some toast, with Nutella sandwiched between them. I still remember the gooey chocolate spread oozing out from the warm bread, leaving the most delicious aroma in the air. The best part was definitely getting to lick the rest off my fingers.
To this day, it’s still my favorite way to eat Nutella (mixing some peanut butter is simply the icing on the cake, so to speak).

Since then, I’ve made many macarons with a Nutella filling and even tried my hand at nutella-swirled banana muffins, but haven’t gone much further than that. I am very fond of Nutella and have sweet, sentimental memories with it, but I’m not enamored with it like many others I know.

So when I found out it was Nutella Day (honestly, I don't get all these food days! And I keep missing them) last week and the food blogosphere was going crazy with posts dedicated to this sweet spread, I had originally thought I’d stay out of it. But then I noticed my lonely, neglected Nutella jar collecting dust in my pantry and decided to try something new...

These cream puffs (also known as profiteroles) are simple enough, with just a dash of cinnamon.

Note: I just bought a tiny jar of the fancy Vietnamese cinnamon from Penzeys Spices and I can now see why it's fancy. The smell is intoxicating, and these are worth the good stuff.

The Nutella filling is luscious, fluffy, light, and I made sure to stuff as much as of it as I could into each puff for a mouthful of heaven. I highly recommend you go make these now, and don’t forget to lick the frosting bowl when you’re done.

Nutella Cream Puffs
Adapted from Laduree
Makes about 36 

5.5 tbs butter
10g (1 tbs) sugar
120g (1 cup minus 1 tbs) cake flour
100ml (1/2 cup) whole milk
100ml (1/2 cup) water
pinch of salt
3 large eggs
1/8 tsp fancy cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring the butter, sugar, milk, water, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the flour, whisking vigorously until it turns into a homogenous paste. Let cool and add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and stir in the cinnamon last.

Fill a piping bag with a round tip with the batter and pipe small mounds on a baking sheet. Top with pearl sugar (optional).

Bake for 9 minutes. Then open your oven door slightly (or stick a wooden spoon in it to hold it open) and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Remove and let cool.

Nutella Filling:

6.5 oz Nutella spread
2.5 tbs butter
6-8 tbs heavy whipping cream

Beat all ingredients together on high until fluffy. Add more cream according to taste.

Pour the filling into a piping bag with a small round top. Poke holes in the sides of each cream puff, or on the bottom with the tip of the piping bag and fill with frosting.

By the way, I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I made a fancy lobster pasta for Joe and his roommate, Ran. Joe attempted to make me chocolate molten lava cake but mixed two recipes together and ended up burning the top while the inside remained undercooked. But I love him for trying :D


  1. Those look amazing! Love the addition of Nutella.

  2. Delicious bread and rich Nutella is always a winner In my book. I immediately pinned this recipe, can't wait to try it out!

  3. Wow, you really made this look too easy. I remember last time I tried to make eclairs and tried to get the custard into the, that took a lot of effort.

  4. I found your blog through Food Gawker and I'm loving it! I can't wait to try these cream puffs and the salted caramel macarons. I'm featuring your cream puffs on my blog of my weekly "Food Porn."

  5. Thanks. guys! YW, try cream puffs... i have trouble filling up eclairs too!

  6. Great recipe, I'm always looking for ways to incorporate more Nutella into my cooking :)

  7. Great job once again! These are such a good idea. (And I miss all the "food" days too.)

  8. These look delicious! I want to eat them now!

  9. The kids will love this recipe and enjoy the bonding while doing it. I'm definitely saving this one for the next party.

  10. OMG...these look amazing and don't seem too hard to make although they look intimidating. Gonna try to make them this weekend!

  11. I tried this recipe tonight, and my puffs came out sponge-y! I was disappointed and really wanted to get this done, so I tried again with Ina Garten's recipe! My profiteroles came out perfect!

  12. @Anonymous, hm, I wonder why? I've made this recipe about 4 times now and it's been great each time. I've actually failed with a lot of other popular profiterole recipes before I turned to Laduree's French pastry cookbook. Sorry about that but hope you enjoyed the filling!

  13. So, I tried making these tonight and my bottom didn't stay together :( Any suggestions?

  14. @calli fox, can you elaborate? Do you mean the bottoms of the puffs in the oven?

  15. This looks really good. Every time we go out for a picnic together, I always take with us some cream puffs. It's my favorite dessert, EVER.

  16. For the nutella filling, is the butter supposed to be melted, softened, or refrigerated?

  17. Softened or just left out at room temperature for a bit should be fine! Melted or refrigerated would be too difficult to work with.


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