How to Make Chouquettes


My baby Plated Palate turns 3 today! I celebrated the occasion by baking some chouquettes. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve baked anything aside from the occasional batch of cookies, so baking doesn’t feel as intuitive anymore as cooking savory dishes has become to me. When I was still living in the US, my baking obsession was what initially propelled me to start my first and now defunct blog. After living in France for a few years, I launched Plated Palate to give myself a blank canvas to explore my culinary predilections. While I wrote just about any and everything and shamelessly posted unappetizing photos on my old blog, I’ve dedicated this blog to Vietnamese foods and the occasional French delight.

Chouquette Ingredients

I felt the urge to do some baking to fête Plated Palate’s special day, but I wanted to make something that doesn’t require too much effort, especially since my baking skills have become rusty. Nothing could be more simple than making chouquettes, which is a choux pastry adorned with pearl sugar crystals. Making the dough for chouquettes applies one of the most elementary, foundational techniques in French baking.

Chouquette Dough

Pâte à choux, or choux pastry, is the base of commonly known French pastries, such as éclairs and profiteroles. The dough only contains a few basic ingredients (water and/or milk, butter, flour and eggs) and rises from steam created as it heats up in the oven. What I love about this dough is that it’s super airy light and incredibly versatile. Because it’s hollow on the inside, you can fill it with just about anything you can think of, savory or sweet. This is a definite must-try recipe if you’d like to start dabbling in French pastries. Once you master this simple choux pastry, you will easily graduate to more complicated desserts.


Among the pâte à choux based sweets, chouquettes are the easiest to make. Though hollow in the center, the chouquettes aren’t filled with any sort of creams. They are simply sweetened with a generous sprinkling of sucre perlé (pearl sugar) on its exterior surface. While it’s pretty easy to find here in France, I don’t ever recall seeing this type of sugar when I lived in the US. Pearl sugar is much larger than regular sugar crystals and they retain their shape and color even when baked at high temperatures. It gives the chouquettes a bit of a crunch when biting into them.


Here in France, chouquettes are generally sold in little sachets by weight, usually about 100-200 grams, at the neighborhood pâtisseries. I mostly see parents bringing chouquettes for their kids as an afterschool snack when they pick them up from school. I’ve also seen people at the office enjoy chouquettes with their morning espresso or simply as a snack during the day. Chouquettes are definitely one of my favorite afternoon snacks along with a strong shot of espresso.



Chouquettes are a choux pastry without any filling and adorned by <em>sucre perlé</em> (pearl sugar). This quintessential French snack is often enjoyed by children and adults alike. The light and airy puff will have you reaching for one after another!


  • 125 ml milk
  • 125 ml water
  • 100 g butter
  • 50 g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 150 g flour
  • 3+1* eggs
  • pearl sugar


  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Heat water, milk, butter, salt and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once it comes to a gentle boil, remove from heat and add all of the flour at once. Mix the dough with a wooden spoon until all of the flour has been well incorporated and becomes smooth. Return saucepan to the heat and continuously turn the dough with the wooden spoon for at least 1-2 minutes, at which point it will no longer stick to the pot. Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. To expedite the cooling, give the dough a couple of mixes with a hand mixer to release hot air.
  • Add the 3 eggs one at a time and thoroughly mix with wooden spoon after each addition. If you have no muscles like me, you can use a hand mixer to save yourself some energy. Beat the fourth egg in a separate bowl and add half of it to the batter. Continue to mix until the batter is smooth and shiny. To verify that the batter has enough egg and is the correct consistency, scoop some of the batter up with the wooden spoon, lift it straight up and let the batter slide down. If the batter falls in the shape of a V, it is ready to pipe. Otherwise, add a little bit more of the remaining egg and mix well.
  • Fill a pastry bag (use a 10 mm tip) with the batter and pipe little round choux of 4 cm in diamter onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the surface with the remaining egg and generously sprinkle the surface with the pearl sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the surface is golden. To verify that the chouquettes are adequately baked, tap the surface and listen for a hollow sound. Remove from oven and transfer the chouquettes to a rack to cool.


*I use medium-sized eggs, which weigh about 60-65 grams each.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Baked, Pastry

Bonne dégustation & thanks for reading!

How to make chouquettes, a quintessential French choux pastry snack adorned with pearl sugar crystals.

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  1. Happy 3 year Nita! 🙂 That’s a long time as a blogger and a awesome achievement! <3 These look fantastic! Ah I wish I had a baker in the house! I definitely should try this – they look soooooo crispy and that sugar looks awesome! I never heard of it before! Definitely need to find this! 🙂

    1. Thanks Joyce! I started the blog 3 years ago, but hardly posted until recently. During the first year, I think I only posted twice 🙂
      I have a little bit more free time on my hands now, so I’ve been cooking, taking pictures, and writing a lot more than before.

      Yes, you should try this recipe. It’s suuuuper easy to make. I think you can find the pearl sugar on amazon or at specialty baking stores. Here in France, we can just buy them at the grocery store and they’re pretty inexpensive. Let me know if you try the recipe!

  2. Hello Nita, I am happy for your posting with this recipe. I love this little cakes and will try your recipe. I am in Mexico, is going to be a challenge to find the sugar but I remember tasting some Mexican bread that contains the same sugar so I will be looking for it to make the chouquettes.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello Angeles, thank you for stopping by and reading. Pearl sugar is not very easy to find outside of France, but I hope that you manage to find it in Mexico. I would be interested in knowing if you do manage to find the sugar in that part of the world 🙂

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