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Monday, August 16, 2010

Chocolate Filled Cream Puffs

The name simply doesn't do this decadent dessert justice.  It should be something more like "little pillows filled with chocolate heaven" or something.  This recipe is a big more intense than what I've done before, but still very very simple!  Enjoy!

1 cup of water
1 stick of butter
1 cup sifted flour
4 eggs

Melt the butter and bring it and the water together to a boil.  Once boiling, stir in sifted flour.  Set aside to cool for about half an hour.  Preheat oven to 400.  Once batter is cooled, blend in 4 eggs, one at a time.  This will make the batter pretty gooey and wet.  Spoon a large walnut sized bits of batter on a nonstick cookie sheet.  (These won't really puff or anything while baking, so you can put them pretty close together as long as they aren't touching) Bake for about half an hour until golden brown.  (Be careful....they can and will burn if you don't watch them!) While these are baking, let's make some chocolate cream filling!!

8 oz cream cheese
2 small pkgs of instant chocolate fudge pudding
3 1/2 cups of milk
12 oz pkg of whipped cream

Start by creaming to room temperature cream cheese with your mixer until it is very smooth.  Add the pudding packages and milk and slowly blend together.  Once fully blended, beat on high for a minute until very creamy.  Fold in whipped cream to create a wonderfully delicious chocolate cream filling!

Once you've taken your cream puffs out of the oven and they've cooled, take a ziplock bag and cut a small part of one of the bottom corners out.  Place a cake decorating tip (If you have the filling one, great.  If not, just use something small) into the hole you just cut.  Fill the ziplock bag with the filling.  Pierce the BOTTOM of the cream puff and fill!  (This is actually really quite simple, but if you don't want to fill them like this, cut the cream puffs in half and fill them with filling and serve them like little chocolate sandwiches!  Either way they are delicious....just make sure to lick the bowl!

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