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Cream Puff Dessert


Here's an easy recipe first introduced to me by author Deborah Raney. Very tasty and great for potlucks or family entertaining.

Crust:
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Filling:
1- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 small boxes French Vanilla instant pudding
2 1/2 cups milk
1- 8 oz. whipped topping, thawed
1/3 cup chocolate syrup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium saucepan, boil water and butter. Add flour. Mix well with wooden spoon. Dough will form a ball. Remove from heat. Transfer dough to mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Spread dough in ungreased 9x13 pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Press down crust as it bubbles. Bake for another 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Press down crust once more and allow to cool.

To make filling, beat cream cheese in large mixing bowl until smooth. Add pudding and stir in milk slowly. Mix until thickened, about 2 minutes. Spread onto cooled crust. Top with whipped topping. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. Chill until ready to serve. Serves 16-20.
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