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Chocolate Cream Puffs

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

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 331 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • LadySullen
    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!

  • brokenmranch
    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.

  • brokenmranch
    Jan 19, 2009

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