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Cream Puff Monsters

 Cream Puff Monsters
Cute-as-can-be are these "costumed" cream puffs created by field editor Susan Seymour of Valatie, New York.
24 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • Yellow, red, blue and green food coloring
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Sprinkles, small candies and slivered almonds

Directions

  • Combine flour, sugar and cocoa; set aside. In a saucepan over medium
  • heat, bring water and butter to a boil; reduce heat to low. Add
  • flour mixture all at once; stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove
  • from the heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
  • well after each. Beat until smooth. Cover baking sheets with foil;
  • grease foil. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls at least 2 in. apart onto
  • baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly
  • browned. Lift foil and transfer to a wire rack. Immediately cut a
  • slit in each puff to allow steam to escape; cool. Beat pudding mix
  • and milk according to package directions; chill. When puffs are
  • cool; split and remove soft dough from inside. Spoon pudding into

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Cream Puff Monsters (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • puffs; replace tops. Following food coloring package directions,
  • combine red and yellow to make orange, and red and blue to make
  • purple. Divide frosting among three microwave-safe bowls; tint with
  • orange, purple and green food coloring. Microwave frosting until
  • thin (not runny). Spoon one or more colors onto puffs. Add sprinkles
  • and candy for eyes; use almonds for teeth or whiskers. Chill. Yield:
  • 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 180 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 166 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.