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Chocolate Cream Puff Recipe with Cherry Almond Filling

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This chocolate cream puff recipe is an easy dessert recipe that takes very little time and effort but results in a fancy and impressive dessert.  If you don’t like chocolate you can always make a traditional cream puff recipe, too, and fill it with this yummy cherry almond filling.

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Cherry Almond Filling from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

I saw a chocolate cream puff recipe with some fancy filling in a homemaking magazine this month.  I gave the recipe a try and it was a total flop. Well, not total – the puffs tasted good, but they just never really puffed.  So I decided to make up my own recipe … and it worked! This a completely original Growing Up Gabel recipe!  

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Cherry Almond Filling from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

Cream puffs sound a little intimidating to make, but they are one of the easiest desserts I’ve made yet. Give me a cream puff over a cake any day.   I love them because they don’t require any fancy ingredients or equipment, but they look fancy and impressive.

 I filled these chocolate cream puffs with a cherry almond filling, but plain whipped cream or even pudding would do.  I wanted to try filling them with the filling from my peanut butter chocolate chip pie for a chocolate peanut butter comb, but ran out of time. I’m sure it’d be delicious!

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Cherry Almond Filling

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Cherry Almond Filling from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the cream puffs:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sauce pan combine water, butter and sugar and bring to a boil.
  4. Remove pan from heat and immediately stir in flour mixture. Continue to stir until dough until the dough forms a ball and leaves the side and bottom of the pan.
  5. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until completely incorporated.
  7. Drop dough by Tablespoons on to a cookie sheet. I use a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop (the medium Pampered Chef scoop). Use parchment paper if you think it's necessary.
  8. Bake for 30-45 minutes.
  9. Remove puffs from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.

To make the filling:

  1. Put cold cream in to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high with whip attachment.
  2. Once cream begins to thicken add cherry syrup and sugar.
  3. Continue to whip until cream is thick and stiff.

To assemble:

  1. Carefully slice puffs open and fill with puffs.

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  • Amber
    February 14, 2014

    I made these tonight for my daughter (Valentine baby turned 2). I set oven at 400 and by 20-25 minutes they were already burned. They looked nice and round but were not edible. I made another batch and they were done after 15 minutes, but they deflated. I thought I could save them with the filling but once I added the juice it wouldn’t thicken up. 🙁

    I was really looking forward to these…not sure what went wrong.

  • Lilah
    February 3, 2014

    More lovely cherries! Be still my heart!

  • Sarah
    January 28, 2014

    These look SO good! Thanks for sharing and for linking up at the Weekend Wind-Down Party with us!!! God Bless!

    • Sarah
      January 30, 2014

      I’m not sure why my Twitter showed up as a #! Haha! Oops!

  • Sara
    January 27, 2014

    These look AMAZING!!
    Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday!
    I hope you hop over and share with us again tonight!

  • Amber
    January 26, 2014

    Found you over at Full Plate Thursday. These look delicious! I may have to make them for Valentine’s Day!

  • Miz Helen
    January 24, 2014

    Hi Camille,
    I just love your Chocolate Cream Puff’s, they look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon
    January 20, 2014

    Your cream puffs sound delicious. I am glad you recreated a workable recipe. I made a recipe from a site for lemon crinkle cookies – they sounded good, but were a flop. I hate it when that happens. I crumbled them up and made lemon bars which turned out to be a good save.

    • Camille
      January 20, 2014

      Thank you! It is frustrating when things don’t turn out!

  • Brandie (
    February 14, 2013

    Cream puffs are one of my absolute favorite desserts to make! I’ve never made chocolate ones though and these look quite yummy, Camille! Thank you for linking up to the Weekend Kitchen Link Party at Home Cooking Memories!

  • Theresa
    February 13, 2013

    I have never tried to make cream puffs. They look so yummy! Thanks for sharing & linking up @

  • Miz Helen
    February 11, 2013

    Hi Camille,
    What a beautiful dessert, we just love Cream Puffs and Chocolate sure puts it over the top! Hope you have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Marilyn
    February 8, 2013

    Can you hear my drooling…I love chocolate and cherries together! Thanks for sharing at the Loving Valentine’s Day Party!


  • Melanie
    February 6, 2013

    Delicious! Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate and cherry! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Vanessa
    February 6, 2013

    ooo I love chocolate and cherry, and just chocolate of any sort and dessert. Okay I’ll stop! These look yummy! Thanks for linking up to Sweets for my Sweetie!!!

  • April
    February 6, 2013

    These look delicious Camille. I love your idea of a peanut butter version to, the perfect combo in my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

  • Carolina Moore
    February 5, 2013

    oh yum! I LOVE creampuffs, and yes they are easy… but I’ve never done chocolate ones… will have to try this! 😀

  • Jamie
    February 5, 2013

    Oh, that cherry filling sounds heavenly!

  • Lisa D
    February 5, 2013

    These look awsome!!!!

  • Medeja
    February 3, 2013

    That’s what I always think..that cream puffs are so difficult to make and so easy to fail.. 🙂
    Your puffs look delicious, I really love the filling.

    • Camille
      February 3, 2013

      They are so easy!! I promise. 🙂

  • Julie Moore
    February 2, 2013

    Chocolate and cherry?!?! Count me in! Thanks for linking this up to our Sweets For My Sweetie link-up! This sounds like a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day for sure!