Recipe: St. Patrick's Day Cream Puffs

There are so many ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but this way is my favorite. Cream puffs are a wonderful dessert to customize--a little food coloring and you've got a dessert that matches your holiday, your party theme, even your outfit (if you're into color-coordinating with your food). You can fill your cream puffs with anything you like--pudding, pastry cream, chicken salad, twenty-dollar bills. My favorite, though, is simple whipped cream with some fresh vanilla beans. Mmmm! Make these for your St. Patrick's Day party, and I guarantee that you'll be so amazed with how easy and delicious they are, you'll pinch yourself! Colored Cream Puffs 1 cup water 1/2 cup butter 5-6 drops of food coloring 1 cup flour 4 eggs Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil and add food coloring. Stir in the flour with a fork and mix until smooth. Remove from the heat and beat in the eggs with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon dough in heaping tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 30-35 minutes. Cool completely. Cut open and spoon out any soft innards and fill with your desired filling just before serving. Garnish with powdered sugar. Whipped Cream Filling with Vanilla Beans 1 cup heavy cream, well chilled 3 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1-2 inches of fresh vanilla bean, split and stripped Directions In a chilled mixing bowl, mix cream, sugar, vanilla, and stripped vanilla beans on high speed until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to serve. Don't wait for St. Patrick's to get delicious treats. Shop Mrs. Fields' online for our delectable cookie gift baskets and birthday cookies.
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