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Chocolate Eclairs Recipe

Chocolate Eclairs Recipe

With creamy filling and fudgy frosting, these eclairs are extra special. —Jessica Campbell, Viola, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  • 2. Using a tablespoon or a pastry tube with a No. 10 or large tip, form dough into 4x1-1/2-in. strips on a greased baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split eclairs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool eclairs.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix according to package directions. In another bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar and vanilla; fold into pudding. Fill eclairs (chill any remaining filling for another use).
  • 4. For frosting, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in sugar and enough hot water to achieve a smooth consistency. Cool slightly. Frost eclairs. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 483 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 174mg cholesterol, 492mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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kabusch User ID: 5291466 252779
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"Normally I really trust Taste of Home, but this recipe was horrible. I've made eclair a before (different recipe) and they turned out perfect, so I don't think it is a problem with the dough, although it didn't rise enough. Scooping out the egg-y middle removes a wonderful, rich custard-y flavor that happens when it combines with the cream filling. The filling yielded at least double what I needed and while the pudding and whipped cream were both fine on their own, together they lost all flavor and needed a massive vanilla injection. At that point I lost all confidence in this recipie- I've never made any kind of chocolate frosting with water and I don't trust that it will turn out since the first two components didn't . I wish I'd know it would make too much filling because I could have saved a few tablespoons of the cream and made a simple and elegant ganache."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 251837
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"Hi Anne Oakes!

You have to be sure to really beat this dough thoroughly after each egg. Doing so helps to ensure the finished product will rise properly."

Anne Oakes User ID: 2374099 251714
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2016

"This was my first time working with pate a choux, and I feel like this recipe is not built for beginners. We followed the dough recipe exactly, and the eclairs did not rise."

jramer1947 User ID: 8441060 239979
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"Everyone LOVES these eclairs"

cookiebaker97 User ID: 8459850 230129
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

""Its like biting into a cloud!", they said. These are so light and fluffy and wonderful, and easy to make!"

A13 User ID: 6893613 221010
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Excellent! These always get positive reviews. I would recommend that you be sparing with the shell when you put it on the baking sheet as the dough will expand enormously in the oven. These are just fabulous!"

Running_Chickie User ID: 8258593 220492
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"I made these for my husband on Valentine's Day. They taste great and are really easy to make! Thanks for the recipe. I will make them again and again!"

akiddrn User ID: 5959542 24022
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"I made these after seeing them made at a Taste of Home Cooking show. It was alot easier than I thought it would be to make and my husband has been nagging me to make them again! I didn't split them but poked a hole in the end and squirted the filling in. I used a ziplock bag to squirt out the dough to back and another one to fill the eclairs after they baked. I didn't put a pastry tip or anything on the bag either."

mandy0126 User ID: 1613388 6107
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"These are absolutely delicious. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be and they always turn out perfect."

carolynstowers User ID: 4001197 9666
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"The Eclairs was very good. The only adjustment I made was to cut a small slit in the top and placed back into the over at 250 degree for an addition 10 minutes to dry the inside out."

bravabear User ID: 2904569 7493
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2008

"Worth the effort! My brother insists I have these whenever he comes over."

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