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The Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff Original Recipe

This recipe is the official cream puff recipe of the Wisconsin State Fair.   Enjoy!

Inspired by The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Prep time: 35 minutes      Cook time: 35 minutes      Serves: 10-12 cream puffs

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Puff dough

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into tablespoon slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 whole eggs, room temperature

Egg wash

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk

Whipped Cream Filling

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Grease and flour, or line with parchment paper, a large baking sheet.  Set aside.
  2. Place water, butter slices and salt in large heavy pot.  Make sure butter melts completely.  Bring water just to boil.  Quickly stir in flour with a wooden spoon until soft dough ball forms.  Remove from heat.  Let dough rest 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in 4 whole eggs, one at a time.  Dough will be thick, sticky and smooth.
  4. Drop about 1/4 cup puff dough by spoonful, 2-3 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.  There should be about 10 to 12 dough balls.  Prepare egg wash by mixing egg yolk and milk together with fork.  Brush egg wash over each puff dough.  Bake for 35 minutes until puffy, golden brown and firm.
  5. Remove puffs to wire rack.  Prick each puff with a toothpick to release steam.  Allow to cool for about an hour until completely cool to the touch and firm.
  6. When puffs are cool and at least an hour has passed, prepare Whipped Cream Filling.  Place heavy whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in a chilled medium metal bowl (I place the metal bowl and my metal whisks in freezer while preparing the puff pastry.)  Beat until soft peaks form.
  7. Cut tops off each puff and fill with whipped cream.  Replace tops and dust with powdered sugar.



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  1. These delicious yummies go back a very long way. I remember buying and eating “huge” Wisconsin cream puffs while at the State Fair. There was nothing like cream puffs and the State Fair. I never had the recipe (some recipes were similar) but am glad to get it finally – I am retired and living in Florida – If I don’t make them myself – well I won’t ever get them from this point on. Try them! You’ll like them. They are a little “tricky” to make. Watch the “egg” part.

    Comment by Joyce A Halvorsen on June 15, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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