Nutty Chocolate Puffs

A heavenly blend of cream cheese, whipping cream, and chocolate-hazelnut spread fills these bite-size chocolate cream puffs.

Makes:
12 servings
Serving Size:
2 puffs
Prep:
40 mins
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Nutty Chocolate Puffs

Ingredients
2
3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
2/3
cup chocolate-hazelnut spread
1/4
cup whipping cream
1/2
cup chopped toasted hazelnuts or pecans
3
1
cup water
1/2
cup butter (no substitutes)
1/4
teaspoon salt
4
eggs
 

Directions

  1. For filling, beat together cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar in a mixing bowl. Gradually beat in chocolate-hazelnut spread and the whipping cream. Stir in nuts. Cover surface with plastic wrap and chill up to 2 hours.
  2. For puffs, stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, the flour, and cocoa powder; set aside. Combine water, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to boiling. Add flour mixture all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball that doesn't separate. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each addition until smooth.
  3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons into 24 mounds 1 inch apart on a greased extra-large baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool.
  4. Cut tops from puffs; remove soft dough from inside. Fill with cream mixture up to 2 hours before serving. Chill until serving time. Makes 24 (12 servings).

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare puffs; cool. Place in airtight container. Seal, label, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw 20 minutes at room temperature before filling.

Nutrition Facts

(Nutty Chocolate Puffs)
    Per serving:
  • 328 kcal cal.,
  • 24 g fat
  • (10 g sat. fat,
  • 116 mg chol.,
  • 210 mg sodium,
  • 23 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 6 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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