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Chocolate Cream Puffs

How to Make Chocolate Cream Puffs

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert Recipe
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 10 pcs


For the Puffs:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 ounces sweet German chocolate finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten (at room temperature)
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon

Cappuccino Cream:

  • 2 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liquor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 large egg whites at room temperature
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar


How to make Chocolate Cream Puffs:

  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 450  °F. Lightly butter and flour a baking sheet.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine water, butter, chocolate and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until butter and chocolate are completely melted.
  • Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in flour to make a smooth paste.
  • Return pan to stove and stir vigorously over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until paste forms a solid mass that comes away cleanly from sides of pan. Transfer paste to a large bowl.
  • With a handheld electric mixer set at low speed, gradually beat in all but 2 teaspoons of the beaten eggs (reserve to brush on cream puffs before baking). Dough should be thick and smooth.
  • Drop 10 heaping spoonfuls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush with reserved beaten eggs.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 °F and continue baking 20 - 25 minutes more, until tops have browned and feel firm to the touch.
  • With a cake tester or toothpick, pierce each puff a few times. Dry puffs in hot oven with door slightly ajar for 20 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
  • Remove top third of each puff and fill with Cappuccino cream. Replace top and sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar and cinnamon.

How to make the Cappucino Cream:

  • In a small saucepan, soften gelatin for 1 minute in 1/2 cup of water. Cook and stirring constantly over low heat, unit  gelatin is dissolved and mixture is transparent. Remove from heat.
  • In a large metal bowl, combine coffee powder with 1/2 cup of boiling water, coffee liquor and vanilla. Add hot gelatin mixture, stirring frequently for 10-15 minutes, just until mixture begins to thicken ( it should have the consistency of raw egg whites). Remove bowl from ice water.
  • In a medium bowl, whip cream with wire whisk until soft peaks form. Fold into coffee mixture. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until frothy with a hand held electric mixer set at low speed.
  • Add cream of tartar and gradually increase speed to medium-high. Slowly beat in sugar, a teaspoon at a time, until stiff, shiny peaks form. Fold beaten whites into coffee cream mixture.