Chocolate Cream Puffs Recipe
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Chocolate Cream Puffs Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen staff used a bit of cocoa to turn traditional cream puffs into these extraordinary desserts. Guests will think you spent hours fussing over the tender chocolate pastries, which are filled with a rich creamy mixture and fresh strawberries.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped fresh strawberries

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 331 calories, 25 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 133 mg cholesterol, 175 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add the flour and cocoa all at once; stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until smooth and shiny.
  2. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until set and browned. Remove to wire racks. Immediately split puffs open; remove and discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs completely.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream and strawberries. Fill bottom halves of puffs; replace tops. Serve immediately. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Cream Puffs in Quick Cooking March/April 2003, p55

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 331 calories, 25 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 133 mg cholesterol, 175 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

I thought the cream puffs themselves were a little blah and could have used some sweetening. The filling, however, was fabulous. I tried serving the leftover filling in dessert bowls like a mousse, and I topped each with a dollop of slightly sweetened whipped cream and some mini-chocolate chips. Yummy! Yum! Yum!

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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2009

These were absolutely fabulous. The only thing I can state is that they taste better after sitting in the fridge for a while rather than serving them immediately as suggested in the recipie. Had a lot of filling left over and my husband just ate it with a spoon out of the bowl.

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2009 Edited Feb. 3, 2009

As an alternative, stuff with ice cream instead of cream cheese and top with hot fudge and whip cream. Yummmmmmmmm

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