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12 Eclair Recipes That We Can’t Wait to Make Again

Traditionally topped with a layer of chocolate icing, eclairs are a decadent cream-filled French pastry. From miniature versions to eclair tortes, we've rounded up the best eclair recipes for you.

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Gluten-Free Eclairs

Topped with a rich dark chocolate ganache, it’s hard to believe this vanilla cream-filled eclair recipe by Gluten Free Alchemist is made with a homemade gluten-free flour blend! Kate Dowse provides several helpful substitutions, such as the use of whipped coconut cream or nondairy milk if you’re looking to make these eclairs dairy-free as well. New to the world of gluten-free cooking? Here are gluten-free and dairy-free recipes to help get you started.

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Thelma's Chocolate Eclair

Graham crackers are the secret twist in this chocolate eclair recipe shared by Thelma Beam. Looking to beat the heat as temperatures soar? Just use softened vanilla frozen custard for instead of pudding in the recipe and you’ll end up with a refreshing version of this super easy dessert.
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Mini Chocolate Eclairs

If the temptation of having leftovers is deterring you from making dessert, try this eclair recipe by Christina Lane of Dessert for Two, which, like the blog name suggests, is perfect for two. With just 30 minutes needed for prep time, you’ll end up with six mini chocolate eclairs—perfect with your morning cup of joe or after-dinner dessert.

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Eclairs on the Grill

Forget campfire s’mores! Made using crescent dough sheets and instant vanilla pudding, these unconventional grilled eclairs on a stick by Bonnie Hawkins of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, are sure to be a hit at your next cookout. “This is the one that makes people watch what you’re doing and beg to be included,” she says.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Filled Eclairs

Welcome the onset of warmer spring weather with this strawberry-themed eclair recipe from Kudos Kitchen by Renée. To prevent your choux pastry from deflating before you fill it with cream, blogger Renée Goerger recommends poking a hole on the side as soon as they come out of the oven.

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Banana Cream Eclairs

Bananas are the star of the show in this mouthwatering recipe by Ruby Williams of Bogalusa, Louisiana. The light cocoa glaze and topping of finely chopped pecans—toast for extra crunch—really guarantee no leftovers!
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Perfect Classic Chocolate Eclairs

This foolproof eclair recipe by The Flavor Bender is a well-tested guide to making perfect chocolate eclairs every. single. time. Though these eclairs are typically filled with a rich but classic vanilla cream filling, blogger Dini Kodippili offers up three more variations, including a much lighter chantilly cream option.

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Vegan Honey And Yogurt EclairsCourtesy Little Lighthouse Baking Co.

Vegan Honey and Yogurt Eclairs

Think a good choux pastry isn’t possible without eggs or milk? Think again! Thanks to some ingenious substitutions—like JUST Egg and soy milk—you’d never know this honey and yogurt eclair recipe by Little Lighthouse Baking Co. is vegan. Eduardo and Jimmy Farillo recommend making and refrigerating their vegan honey-like syrup a day in advance in order to get the consistency just right.

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Hazelnut Mocha Eclairs

Instant coffee granules are the reason these hazelnut mocha eclairs shared by Carol Witczak of Tinley Park, Illinois, turn out so incredibly rich. “They make a special ending to a meal, and they’re great with coffee or tea,” she says.
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Peppermint Eclairs

These festive peppermint eclairs by Tatyana’s Everyday Food are the perfect dessert to make, now that the Hallmark Channel is playing Christmas movies all year long. If you end up with some not-so-great-looking eclairs and want to hide the imperfections, blogger Tatyana Nesteruk suggests reserving some peppermint filling and piping it as frosting on top.

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Chocolate Eclairs

This chocolate eclair recipe by Jessica Campbell of Viola, Wisconsin, is extra special thanks to its creamy vanilla filling and fudgy frosting. Want to improve the flavor of your instant vanilla pudding? Here’s how to make pudding mix taste homemade!
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Heart’s Delight Eclair

This lovely and luscious treat is an even sweeter take on the chocolate eclair. And it makes a great display of affection for Valentine’s Day.

Christabel Lobo
Christabel Lobo is a freelance writer, digital designer and illustrator. She specializes in writing and content marketing related to travel, food, lifestyle, art and wellness. Her writing has appeared in TripSavvy, October Magazine, Zagat Stories, Lonely Planet, AllRecipes, LIVESTRONG.com, Outrigger Hotels, The Hindu Business Line, Open Skies, Trivago, Fodor's, Barclays Travel, London's Evening Standard, Silkwinds, Leaf.tv, HuffPost, and more. She was responsible for researching and updating the Kerala chapter of Fodor's Essential India 2019 guidebook. In addition to having completed her RYT 200 Hatha yoga teacher training, Christabel is also a mixed media designer focusing on web design, illustrations and surface pattern design.
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