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Cream Puffs in a Cloud

We entertain family and friends often, and this dessert is always a hit. Use whatever flavor ice cream you prefer.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 pint fudge ripple, chocolate or vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream in a can

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter, sugar and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once; 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 smooth and shiny.
  • Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls 1 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, dry and firm to the touch. Remove to wire racks. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs.
  • For glaze, in a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa and boiling water; stir until smooth. Fill each puff with a small scoop of ice cream; replace tops. Drizzle with glaze. Place three or four puffs in each dessert dish; pipe whipped cream around puffs to resemble a cloud. Serve immediately.
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