Chocolate-Filled Cream Puffs with Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
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Chocolate-Filled Cream Puffs with Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

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I make this every year for one of our counselors birthday. He adores them along with everyone else. It's my mothers recipe and I grew up eating cream puffs. I have to triple the batch when I take them to school.—Diana Voland, Martinsville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + freezing Bake: 25 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + freezing Bake: 25 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • CHOCOLATE CREAM FILLING:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Hot fudge ice cream topping and citrus sugar, white chocolate shavings or confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cream puff (calculated without toppings) equals 76 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs. Freeze in airtight containers for up to 2 months.
  3. To use frozen cream puffs: Thaw at room temperature for 10 minutes. Place cream puffs on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 3-4 minutes or until crisp.
  4. For filling, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  5. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla. Cover with waxed paper or plastic wrap. Cool for 15 minutes, without stirring.
  6. To serve, spoon chocolate cream filling into cream puffs; replace tops. Top with warmed hot fudge sauce and citrus sugar, white chocolate shavings or confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: Citrus sugar can be made by pressing grated citrus peels into sugar to release their oils. Store citrus sugar in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks or until the flavor diminishes.
Originally published as Chocolate-Filled Cream Puffs in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2011, p28

Nutritional Facts

1 cream puff (calculated without toppings) equals 76 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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