Jasmine Cream Puffs

Jasmine Cream Puffs | Delicious Not Gorgeous

so, something cool is happening. it’s been a year in the making, which is a long time considering my mental calendar usually revolves around the meals in my day and/or a school quarter, aka 11 weeks. i’m now e-published! it’s an anthology of food writing, published by the bay area library epublishers. you can download it for FREEEE here, though you must have a library card from a participating northern california library (i know that you can waltz into the sunnyvale library and get a card as long as you are a california resident) to do so. if you can, i highly recommend you do! not to read mine (okay yes please read mine if you borrow it), but to help the project continue. the library higher-ups can only justify it if readers are interested, and i can’t tell you how much it means to the group of tiny writers chosen that this project even exists.

mini side-story: the launch party was held yesterday (saturday) in the bay area, aka a 7 hour drive from school. i decided to not go back for it, since i was home for break less than a week ago, and had other commitments to attend to on friday that would have made it a hassle to get back in time for the launch party. i emailed the organizers last month to say i wouldn’t be there, and did not get a response. then they emailed me last week to let me know that i’d be reading a portion of my work at the party, and i emailed back FOUR MINUTES later to reiterate my non-attendance, and still no response. i gave minor thought space to it yesterday, but was mostly preoccupied with dragging my zombie-esque butt out of my apartment at 6am for disneyland yesterday. i knew my mom was thinking of going to the party, but wasn’t certain. then all of a sudden, while in line to get on the radiator springs racers ride in cars land, i got a barrage of texts. apparently the event organizers didn’t know i was not planning on being there (EVEN THOUGH I SENT YOU GUYS EMAILS), and she ended up reading in my place. long story short: s/o to my mom for being my stand-in reader!!

anyways, my essay is about cream puffs, so surprise, surprise, i have jasmine cream puffs for you today. these are a tiny bit fancier than those mentioned in my essay, but not much harder (you only need to plan ahead to steep the jasmine tea in the cream overnight).

Jasmine Cream Puffs | Delicious Not Gorgeous

there’s a good jasmine flavor, though some of my taste testers thought that they were more tea-like than specifically jasmine. they’re deliciously creamy, with a light sweetness from the sweetened condensed milk. the cream puff itself is super eggy, and ends up more tender than crispy. if you want them crisper, i’d recommend baking them longer and/or toasting (then slightly cooling) the puffs (the oven works, though i recommend the toaster oven since it’s even easier) before filling.

i originally wanted to have a craquelin, a crispy cookie-like topping, for these jasmine cream puffs. in the end, i couldn’t justify the hassle (having to mix up another component, rolling it out, trying to not get it to melt all over my fingers), considering how subtle the textural crackle and jasmine flavor were on my test batch. so this batch got a drizzle of white chocolate, as well as a sprinkle of crushed freeze-dried strawberries and some matcha. not necessary, but the strawberry adds a hint of tartness and the matcha further emphasizes that tea flavor.

1 year ago: Buttermilk Oatmeal Raisin Scones, Orange-Scented Almond Olive Oil Muffins
2 years ago: Chocolate Cake with Whipped Ganache and Raspberries, America’s Test Kitchen’s Clumpalicious Granola
3 years ago: Mini Brown Butter, Coconut and Raspberry Cakes, Thomas Keller’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jasmine Cream Puffs | Delicious Not Gorgeous

Jasmine Cream Puffs
cream puff base recipe from David Lebovitz
makes 35 cream puffs if you use a #60 cookie scoop

1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp granulated sugar
6 T unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs, room temperature

  1. Heat the salt, sugar, butter and 1 cup water in a small saucepan, stirring, until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and add all of the flour. Stir rapidly until smooth and it pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  2. Cool for 2 minutes, then briskly beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth and shiny.
  3. Scoop up about 1 T dough with a spoon, and scrape it off with another spoon onto a silicone baking mat lined baking sheet. You can also use a spring-loaded cookie scoop, or a pastry bag fitted with a plain 1/2” tip.
  4. Place the mounds evenly-spaced apart on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 425F until puffed and well-browned, about 22 to 25 minutes. If they get too dark, midway through baking, lower the heat to 375F and continue baking.
  6. If you want to make them crispier, you can poke a hole in the side with a knife after you take them out of the oven to let the steam escape. These can be made ahead, though you may need to toast them a bit if you find that they soften over time.

Jasmine Whipped Cream
2 T jasmine tea leaves, ground
1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

  1. Mix the tea and cream, then refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk to the cream. Whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a plain metal tip.

Assembly
white chocolate, melted and cooled
ground freeze-dried strawberries and matcha (optional)

  1. Use a paring knife to make a small hole in the side of each cream puff. Insert the tip of the piping bag into the cream puff, then squeeze in some whipped cream. Alternatively, you could slice the top off of each cream puff, pipe the cream in, then replace the top. I recommend this if you want a higher cream to pastry ratio, and you don’t have to transport the cream puffs anywhere.
  2. Dip the top of each cream puff in the chocolate. Alternatively, you could also drizzle chocolate onto the cream puffs (either using the tines of a fork or spoon the chocolate into a piping bag and pipe it on). Sprinkle with strawberries and/or matcha. Let stand until the chocolate re-solidifies.
  3. The filled cream puffs are best served immediately but they will survive a couple hours in the fridge. Unfilled cream puffs can last a couple days in the fridge.

Jasmine Cream Puffs | Delicious Not Gorgeous

also, i’m curious if you think these look like something else. something that is decidedly not similar to one of these jasmine cream puffs.

38 Comment

  1. These look yummy! And congrats on your ebook!! I tried to check it out but my library wasn’t on the list even though I’m in Northern California (Stanislaus county). That is crazy that the launch party people like ignored your emails!! Wtf?!! Good thing your mom was able to stand in for ya! Cream Puffs are on my bucket list, so you are inspiring me to make these! Xoxo 🙂

    1. yeah even my home library isn’t on that list :/ i think my mom is planning on getting a card from one of the libraries on the list just so she can check it out, lol. and thank goodness my mom was there! last i talked to her before that, she wasn’t sure if she was going or not. omg you need to make cream puffs!!! so long as you don’t try to double the recipe and stir the eggs in vigorously (FEEL THE ARM BURN) so that they don’t scramble, they’re super easy (:

  2. Congratulations!
    And thank you for good idea. I love jasmine and jasmine tea, But never tried this in cookies 🙂

    1. thanks! i love using tea (especially jasmine, matcha and earl grey) in desserts, since they add such a nice flavor and they’re available year round!

  3. These sound fantastic, I love jasmine, really like the idea of these cream puffs.

    1. jasmine is such a soothing flavor! plus i’ve been seeing a lot of jasmine bushes recently, and you can bet that i’m the one sticking her nose right into them.

  4. Congratulations on your ebook Heather! That’s awesome! These cream puffs look amazing. I love a good cream puff so I’ll have to give these a try 🙂

    1. thanks! and sameee; cream puffs are so tasty (a little off topic but have you had cream puffs from beard papa? mmm).

  5. How cool to be published like that!!! It sounds like a really cool collection of short stories and such a neat thing to be a part of, congrats! And kudos to your mom for stepping in…how could they not get in touch with you?!? I’ve only done a savory cream puff before but these sound delightful 🙂 XO

    1. thanks!! no idea how they didn’t know.. pretty sure they know how to use gmail (; oh well, it worked out! oooh a savory cream puff?! i’ve never done those before! gougeres (the cheesy ones for appetizers) sound amazing though, and might have to be made in my kitchen sooner rather than later.

  6. Congrats on your e-book! And so nice of your mom to read for you! I’m sure she was proud to do it! These cream puffs look a-mazing – my son looooves cream puffs and white chocolate, so they are on my list! Thanks!

    1. if he’s really into white chocolate, you can drizzle more on! i’m sure that couldn’t hurt 😉

  7. That’s so awesome! Congratulations on being e-published! Love cream puffs, but have never had them jasmine flavoured before; they look so creamy. I know I’d totally be eating more than one 😉

    1. definitely creamy and dreamy~ and i made them fairly small so yes, they were dangerously easy to keep eating!

  8. Oh my gosh what a funny story! Good think your mom was there to read in your place. Congrats on being published though, that is great. and s/o to disneyland! Cars land is the motha effin jam 🙂 love that place so much. Also these cream puffs look insanely good- love the jasmine whipped cream, what a great idea!

    1. my mom was telling me the last time she’d read in front of a group of people like that was in elementary school 😂 and yes, cars land is so fun! i went on mater’s junkyard jamboree for the first time and i was surprised at how much fun it was, considering its “kiddie ride” label.

  9. This treat is just perfect for people with sweet tooth! Can’t wait to try it.

    1. as someone with a major sweet tooth, i can confirm that this treat is perfect 😉

  10. Wait Wait Wait, you live in the Bay Area?? I live in Oakland, we are neighbors. We should get together for lunch, us bloggers have to stick together 🙂 Congratulations being an e-published. How exciting is that? I want to put together an e-book one day soon if there were only more hours in the day. Mom to the rescue 🙂 anther recipe I’m a little scared to try. I love cream puffs and of course, they totally intimidate me.

    1. ish. i grew up in the south bay and still go back for breaks/holidays, but am in southern california right now for college! but yes, definitely down to get lunch when i’m back in the bay 😊 i really wanted to make a family e-cookbook this summer but not sure if i have the time 😢 cream puffs aren’t hard, i promise!! they’re pretty quick (i’d say faster to whip up the dough than it is to make cake batter), and youtube videos are always a nice resource if you’re more of a visual learner!

  11. Nice to meet you Heather. I have never thought to use jasmine in my baking. Such a great idea. And your cream puffs look great!

    1. i love jasmine (and tea in general) in my baking, and i hope you try it out sometime! it’s really easy, especially since all you have to do is grind up a bunch of tea leaves and toss them into what you’re baking.

  12. GIRL! BREAK ME OFF A PIECE. Wait no, that’s not enough for my BIG ASS MOUTH… Throw a couple of those balls in my face!

    1. i was like, just a piece?! and i’d be nervous trying to toss those at you but i can try (virtually tossing it into your mouth rn; did you catch it?!).

  13. This is amazing Heather!! I’m thrilled that I’ll be one of the privileged bay area resident to download the e-book! Huge congratulations!!!

    1. thanks!! hopefully your library is on the list of allowed libraries; a bunch aren’t (including my home library, which is a bit ironic).

  14. Sooo cool! wish I could read it😩 But these cream puffs look amazing, love the use of jasmine. I should probably get around to making cream puffs I’ve never tried them

    1. pst: you can actually read part of mine if you click on the sample! a part of it did get cut off, but i might end up posting my essay here on the blog anyways.

  15. Congratulations! Very cool! These look amazing. The shot of the inside makes me want to take a bite!

    1. i like the shot of the insides, too; all that jasmine whipped cream 😍

  16. Congrats on being e-published! That’s awesome! I’m a tea fanatic, so I looooove the flavor of jasmine (and all tea in general) I never ever would have thought to flavor cream with it– that’s genius! I’ll have to try these cream puffs! They look fabulous!

    1. thanks! and yes, i love pairing tea-flavored cream with anything. i did some waffles with cherries and jasmine whipped crema last year that were so tasty 😋

  17. Congrats on the e-publication!! I’d download it, but I don’t live in Cali. 🙁 I’m sure the e-book is AMAZING though! Just like these little puffs!! Love the jasmine tea here!! I could eat a dangerous amount of these!! Cheers, girl!

    1. yeah, it’s a little annoying that it’s not widely available (my library isn’t even listed!!). but if you want to see a portion of mine, you can actually find it at the end of the sample! not all because mine gets cut off, but part of it (:

  18. holy moly! these cream puffs sound fantastic! I need to make this, I’d probably butcher it but that’s okay it’s the taste that matters right? …and the cream to puff ratio is just awesome haha it’s filled to the max, unlike the cream puffs you get outside which is like 15% cream -_- …Congrats on the ebook! You have amazing short stories so I’m not surprised others would love it too. 🙂

    1. i believe in you!! cream puffs are actually pretty easy to make, and as long as you don’t scare too easily (it can be a bit weird stirring eggs into a hot roux), they’re fine. omg those 15% filled cream puffs are so sad ): hence why mine were packed with jasmine whipped cream hahah. awh thanks!

  19. Ooooh Heather, congrats on being published!!! That’s so exciting and such a great accomplishment to add to your list. I’m super excited for you! Not to take away from that, your cream puff looks so tasty and cute. I would totally eat 101 of those as I read your published piece =]

    1. thanks! 101 cream puffs sounds like a good amount (; and pst: there’s a sample of the anthology up, and part of my story shows up at the end of it before it gets cut off!

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