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Cream Puff Swans

Alice Krohn's favorite pastime is planning parties, especially eye-catching dishes to serve at that them. These swan-shaped puffs are examples of the surprising treats guest at gatherings in her Maryland home enjoy. "It's fun to watch folks' eyes widen when I bring out these goodies.—Alice Krohn, Catonsville, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • Pastry bag or heavy-duty resealable plastic bag
  • #5 round pastry tip
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour and salt all at once; stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each; beat until smooth. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip. Add 1/2 cup batter.
  • On a greased baking sheet, pipe 36 2-in.-long S shapes for necks, making a small dollop at end of each for heat. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Drop remaining batter by level tablespoons 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. With a small icing knife, shape batter into 2-in. x 1-1/2-in. teardrops. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Prepare pudding according to package directions; chill. Just before serving, cut off top third of swan bodies; set aside. Spoon pudding into bottoms of puffs. Cut reserved top in half lengthwise for form wings; set wings in pudding. Place necks in pudding. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
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