Key Lime Cream Puffs.

If you love Key Lime Pie, you are going to love these delightful bite-sized Key Lime Cream Puffs! A round shell of crisp choux pastry, filled with a homemade whipped cream key lime curd. And to finish them off, we dip them in a zesty key lime glaze!

This recipe is inspired by Martha Stewart’s recipe from her “Fruit Desserts” cookbook. When we first saw these, we knew we had to remake them, and share the recipe with you all!

And we aren’t kidding when we say these cream puffs taste like key lime pie (but even better in our opinion)! Each bite is bursting with creamy curd filling and lime flavor.

What exactly is Choux Pastry?

Choux Pastry (pronounced “shoe pastry”) is a light french pastry dough, made out of simple ingredients, like butter, sugar, flour, and eggs. And when baked, the choux pastry is hollow on the inside, making just enough space for the cream. Choux pastry is also used for Eclairs, (filled with custard, and dipped in chocolate) Churros, (fried choux pastry dough, covered in cinnamon sugar) Profiteroles, (profiteroles are basically just a cream puff, filled with ice cream!), and more!

And although it sounds fancy, don’t let it intimidate you! It’s actually pretty simple to make, and if you follow the instructions, and all of our tips, you’ll be a pro at making choux pastry!

Whipped Cream Key Lime Curd:

Alright, so let’s just talk about this curd because it’s SO GOOD. Honestly, we could just eat it with a spoon! If you don’t know what key lime curd is, it’s a rich buttery spread, used in desserts, and bursting with lime zest flavor. And if that doesn’t sound delicious enough, we fold in some whipped cream!

Key Lime Glaze:

These cream puffs just wouldn’t be complete without a glaze! This Key Lime Glaze makes them irresistibly good, and we also love the little specs of green you can see from the fresh lime zest!

Cream puffs are a perfect thing to bring for a tea party, and key lime sounds even fancier; so all the better for a tea party! They are delicate, dainty, and soo adorable. Almost too cute to eat!

As always, we hope you guys love this recipe. Be sure to try it out and tag us on our Instagram! We love seeing what you make!

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Key Lime Cream Puffs

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  • Author: Corrigan Sisters
  • Total Time: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Yield: 30 cream puffs 1x


If you love Key Lime Pie, you are going to love these delightful bite-sized Key Lime Cream Puffs! A round shell of crisp choux pastry, filled with a homemade whipped cream key lime curd. And to finish them off, we dip them in a zesty key lime glaze!


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For the Whipped Cream Key Lime Curd:

1/2 cup white sugar

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1 large egg, plus 2 large egg yolks

2 tsp. key lime zest

2/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 12 key limes)

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

2 Tbsp. butter

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

For the Cream Puffs:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1 tsp. white sugar

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 cup water

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

4 large room temp. eggs, plus 1 beaten egg for brushing

For the Key Lime Glaze:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. key lime zest

23 Tbsp. lime juice (from about 4 key limes)


1. To make the curd: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in the egg yolks, lime zest, and juice. Bring to a boil, over medium-high heat. Whisk constantly, and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat, whisk in sweetened condensed milk, and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat again, and strain the mixture through a sieve. Add in butter, and whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight. Now whip up the heavy cream, until stiff peaks, and fold it into the curd. And refrigerate the mixture while we make the cream puffs.

2. To make the choux pastry: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, bring butter, sugar, salt, and water to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the flour with a wooden spatula. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes, until the mixture pulls away from the sides. Remove from heat, and beat with an electric hand mixer, to let it cool slightly, for about 2 minutes. Add in 4 large room temperature eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Once it’s done, the batter should be slightly sticky, smooth, and shiny. Transfer that to a piping bag, fitted with a plain round tip, and pipe into rounds about 1 inch in diameter, and 1/2 inch high. If you get peaks while piping, dip your finger into the water, and smooth out the tops. Brush with egg wash, and right before baking, reduce your oven to 350 degrees F. Bake until lightly golden brown, for about 25-30 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to let cool completely.

3. To make the Key Lime Glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, key lime zest, and lime juice. Add more powdered sugar/lime juice if needed for the right dripping consistency.

4. Assemble: Dunk the tops of each cream puff into the glaze, and let that fully harden, for about 30 minutes. Transfer the whipped cream key lime curd to a piping bag, with a 1/2 inch plain tip. Insert into the bottoms of the cream puffs, and fill. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: French

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