Pudding Puffs

Have I ever told you about the time I tried to make cream puffs from scratch? I didn’t have a mixer so I was using a food processor. The dough was very sticky and I made the mistake of trying to scoop out the dough with my hand.

The problem? There are some pretty sharp blades at the bottom of that food processor. I don’t want to get into all the yucky details, but let’s just say it was a long time before I tried to make cream puffs again.

My family loves cream puffs, but I don’t think they are worth it. When I discovered that one of my favorite brands, Pepperidge Farm, sold puff pastry shells I was pretty excited.

Today I have a recipe for you that is perfect for holidays and it comes together in a flash! You can make the pudding in advance and you’ll have dessert on the table in less than 25 minutes.

Or use instant pudding and whip up an awesome treat for unexpected guests that drop by during the holidays.


Not only will your guests love this dessert, you will keep your kids busy watching the shells “puff up” in the oven!

Pudding Puffs

Pudding Puffs


  • Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells
  • 1 box instant pudding
  • Milk (for the pudding)
  • Whipped cream


  1. Bake pastry shells according to the directions.
  2. While pastry shells are baking make pudding.
  3. Set pudding in the fridge.
  4. Remove pastry shells from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove tops, discard or eat them.
  6. Place one large scoop of pudding into each shell.
  7. Top with whipped cream.
  8. Serve.

You can find more delicious recipes and learn more about Pepperidge Farm’s puff pastry line on their Facebook page.


I’m always looking for ways to spark new creative ideas with my recipes.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to check out more recipes at www.puffpastry.com

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Marbled Brownies

I love holiday baking. It is probably my favorite time of year to be in the kitchen. I’m always looking for fun and festive new recipes that my family will enjoy.

If your family loves chocolate then you must try these M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies marbled brownies. My family thought they were delicious, they’re sure to be a hit with yours! For more delicious and fun holiday recipes visit Brightideas.com. They have cute holiday recipes like reindeer antlers, winged wonders and even party favors!

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M&M Marbled Brownies

M&M Marbled Brownies


  • 1 box (8 oz.) reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package brownie mix (choose directions for the cake-style brownies)
  • 1 cup M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies


  1. 1. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar. Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  2. 2. Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions. Spoon 2/3 of the brownie batter into a parchment-lined 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Spoon the reserved cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter. Now scrape the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese mixture. Swirl the tip of a knife through the batter to make a marbled effect. Press M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies into the batter.
  3. 3. Bake for 45-50 minutes in a preheated, 350-degree oven until slightly moist in the center. Cool completely before cutting 8x4 into 1½-inch squares.


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Pie Recipes for Holiday Baking

By contributing writer Lynn

Nothing completes a holiday dinner quite like pie. So today I am sharing twenty six delicious pie and pie crust recipes with you. They are all perfect for holiday baking.

Pie Recipes for Holiday Baking | The Happy Houswife

Pumpkin & Sweet Potato



Nut & Coconut

Pie Crusts

What is your favorite pie to make for the holidays? 

More from Lynn

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Apple Whip Dessert

By contributing writer Andrea Green

Homemade Apple Whip Dessert might be our new family favorite of all time. At least it is at this time of year when apples and apple spice make such a lovely pair.

Apple Whip Dessert | The Happy Housewife

This recipe is patterned after the ultra popular Pineapple Whip served at Disney World. Pineapple Whip has long been a sought-after treat by visitors to the park. If you’ve ever experienced it, you will want to try this spin on the recipe.

When making a dessert for a special occasion, like Thanksgiving, I believe homemade is best. Therefore, this recipe is from scratch using whole food ingredients.

However, I’m not against taking a shortcut or two. I believe you can make a darn good recipe from chunky applesauce, apple pie spice and frozen whipped cream. It might not be quite the same, but I bet it will still make you the hit of the meal!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, do you know of anyone who follows a gluten-free diet? This recipe would be a perfect substitute for the traditional apple pie!

Apple Whip Dessert

Apple Whip Dessert



  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Peel and core the apples.
  3. In a small baking dish, bake apples for 30 to 40 minutes, or until soft.
  4. Allow apples to cool, then give a rough chop.
  5. Place honey, whipping cream and apple pie spice in mixing bowl.
  6. Whip ingredients together until fluffy.
  7. Gently fold chopped apples into the whipped cream.
  8. Serve in individual serving dishes.

More Food Allergy Friendly Recipes:

More recipes from Andrea

Find more delicious meal ideas at the The Happy Housewife Recipe Index.

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