Valentine’s Day Cream Puffs

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Valentine’s Cream Puffs are filled with a lemon cream cheese filling and sweetened blackberries! It’s then dusted with powdered sugar!

Lemon & Blackberry Eclairs

I could go for some flowers and diamonds right about now. And by now, I mean tomorrow! Holla back for Valentine’s Day!! With V-day sneaking around the corner, I thought I would share with you a cute little concoction that is perfect for those sweethearts in your life.

Typically, Valentine’s Day sweets and treats are all about the calorie laden chocolates. I like chocolate as much as the next average joe, but the way to my heart is lemon. And lots of it, baby. So, I experimented a few weeks ago with the cream puff and eclair rolling around in my head and came up with these little babies. This is made using the same shell as a cream puff but with a lemon cream cheese filling instead of custard and topped with sweet blackberries. It’s sweet, creamy, cold, tangy and juicy…basically, everything a dessert should be. And if this isn’t your cup of tea, scroll down to the bottom of the post for some of my favorite sweet treats!

Here’s how to make these:

First, we’re going to mix up the pate a choux…or the dough for the cream puff shells. In a small pot, pour in some water and a hunk of butter.

Butter and oil in a pot

Bring this to a boil. This recipe may look fancy, but it calls for super simple ingredients and is actually quite simple. Keep scrolling and you’ll see what I mean. 🙂

Ingredients in a pot

Once that butter and water have come up to a bubble, sprinkle in some flour and stir it all up with a wooden spoon.

Adding flour

Everything should get mixed together and become really thick. Cook this maybe for a minute over medium-low heat.

Eclair dough

Remove the pot from the burner and sprinkle in some salt.


Wait a few minutes until the pot has cooled a little bit and stir in two eggs, one by one. {You don’t want to scramble these suckers right up because scrambled eggs in desserts=nasty city.}

Add in an egg

You’re going to want to incorporate these eggs completely after each addition. The mixture will look slimy and weird, but that’s how it’s supposed to look.

Eclair dough

After the second addition of the egg, stir it until the pate a choux is completely smooth. Then you can either pipe it out into hearts or spoon it onto a baking sheet. Bake these off first at 425 and then at 350. Oh and, press down any points with a quick dab.

Heart-shaped eclairs unbaked

While those are baking away, we’ll make the fillings. Forage some blackberries in the woods. And by forage I mean buy. And by woods I mean Target.


Wash the blackberries and sprinkle some sugar over top. The amount of sugar will depend on how sweet the berries are. Taste one and decide from there. Oh and squeeze in some lemon juice too. {Pretend there’s a photo of that here too.}

Adding sugar to berries

Mush everything around and set it aside. The longer you let this sit, the more juice you will get. Juice=yum.


Pull out those cute hearts when they’re done and set them aside to cool. All of mine didn’t turn out this perfectly just fyi. If yours don’t all look this good, just don’t say a word and no one will know!

Heart-shaped eclairs

Now for the lemon filling, I just threw everything into a mini chopper and whizzed it up until smooth. In here is sugar, softened cream cheese, lemon zest and cream.

Lemon zest, cream cheese and sugar

After a few pulses and scrape downs, you should be done!

Eclair lemon filling

Now to assemble this all together, slice a heart in half and top with a heaping tablespoon of that lemon filling we just made.

Lemon Eclairs

Top that with some blackberries….

Lemon & Blackberry Eclairs

…and the top part of the heart…

Lemon & Blackberry Eclairs

and then some powdered sugar! How cute are these?

Lemon & Blackberry Eclairs

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!! Hope you enjoy this one!

For all you chocolate lovers, here are some other treats you will LOVE: Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes, Double Chocolate Silk Cream Pie {aka the pie that got me married}, Nutella Topped Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecakes, Nutella Cream Pie,  Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Buttercream, Cookies n’ Cream Brownie Bars, Chocolate Truffle S’more Tart and Peanut Butter Brownie Cake.

Lemon & Blackberry Eclairs
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Valentine's Day Cream Puffs

Valentine's Cream Puffs are filled with a lemon cream cheese filling and sweetened blackberries! It's then dusted with powdered sugar!
servings 24 small
Prep Time 55 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes


for the pate a choux-

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs

for the lemon cream cheese filling-

  • 6 oz softened cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

for the macerated blackberries-


To make the pate a choux-

  • Preheat oven to 425. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small pot, boil water and butter together. Slowly sprinkle in flour while mixing with a wooden spoon. Mixture will become very thick. Cook over low heat approximately 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and cool a few minutes. {You're going to be stirring in eggs and you don't want to cook them!} Stir in a pinch of salt and eggs, 1 at a time, incorporating completely after each egg addition.
  • After the batter becomes smooth, spoon into piping bag {or large ziploc}. Pipe into 24 small heart shapes. Press any points of dough down with a wet finger.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake 18 minutes. Remove cream puff shells from oven once they are golden brown and puffed. Set aside to cool.

For the lemon cream cheese filling-

  • In a small bowl of a mini chopper, place cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and cream. Blitz until smooth, scraping sides as you go. Mixture is done once there are no lumps. Set aside in fridge.

For the blackberries--

  • Place all ingredients into a small bowl. Stir and mash the berries until the desired consistency is reached. Let berries sit at least 30 minutes before serving.

To assemble--

  • Slice heart cream puff shells open. Spread a heaping tablespoon of lemon filling onto the bottom and spoon over berries. Top with upper half and dust with powdered sugar.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream puffs

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  1. Donna McCullough

    Can this be made a day or two in advance and can u use other berried fruits, such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries? Thanks

  2. The Head Caterer

    These look amazing, you could make these for your other half to show the love anytime. Very versatile too.

  3. Cookin' Canuck

    Pate a choux pastry is always fun to play with and I love the heart-shaped puffs you made! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some diamonds for you. 😉

  4. Shirley

    My god, that’s a thing of beauty. I’m crazy about chocolate, but it’s nice to have lighter, refreshing options too. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Kathryn

    It’s so nice to see something a bit different for valentines day. I’m a sucker for citrus flavours too so these are right up my street.

  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Lauren, they’re gorgeous! And you have mad skills being able to form heart shapes like that.

    And I adore blackberries…I bet they are so good in this recipe.

  7. Mary @ Bake Break

    Your posts always make me laugh! I’ll forage (buy) some blackberries in the woods (target) ASAP. These look delicious, and I could use one right now for breakfast… 🙂

  8. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    What a perfect flavor combination – blackberries and lemons. These look amazingly awesome, and now I want to go make myself breakfast in bed. 🙂

  9. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    Piping the pate a choux into a heart shape is a really cute idea. I’ve never made pate a choux before, but you make it look so easy that I just may give it a swing!