Chocolate Puffs with Pumpkin Whipped Cream

filed under: Bread on October 18, 2013

Delectable Chocolate Puffs that are filling with pumpkin whipped cream are the perfect fall treat! 

Pumpkin Chocolate Cream Puffs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins

A delicious chocolate cream puffs with pumpkin filling!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cream puff
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke
Chocolate Puffs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs cold
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Pumpkin Whipped Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
Chocolate Puffs
  1. Heat oven to 425°F.

  2. In a medium saucepan heat water, oil, sugar, and salt over medium heat until simmering. Add in flour and quickly stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool down, about five minutes. Stir frequently (this helps to release the steam).
  3. Add one egg and stir until completely incorporated. Add in remaining eggs, one at a time, until the mixture is smooth.

  4. Add in cocoa and gently stir until smooth.

  5. Using a pastry bag with a 2D tip, pipe out small clouds of the cocoa dough. You should have enough dough to pipe out 8 on one parchment-lined cookie sheet. (If you prefer you can use two soup spoons and drop 8 equally portioned mounds of the dough onto your prepared pan.)
  6. Bake until completely puffed, 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and continue to bake until shells are firm, about 15 more minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven and carefully make a small slit in the side of each puff. Allow puffs to dry out; let them sit out for about an hour. Allow puffs to cool completely before filling.
Pumpkin Whipped Cream
  1. Add cold heavy cream to food processor and turn on high for about one minute, or until the cream has turned fluffy (or very soft peaks). Turn processor off and add in sugar and spices. Pulse until just incorporated. Add in pumpkin puree and mix on high until pumpkin is fully incorporated, about 1 minute.
  2. Scoop pumpkin whipped cream into a pastry bag and set aside.
  3. Using a sharp paring knife, slice off the top third of each puff shell. If necessary, remove excess dough so that the shell is fairly hollow. Do this to all puff shells. Place shell base’s on your serving plate.
  4. Cut approximately 2 inches off the tip of your pastry bag filled with pumpkin whipped cream. Pipe a generous amount into each shell. Place the shell top back on top of the whipped topping.
  5. Mix together 1 tablespoon of cocoa and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Gently dust the cream puffs with the cocoa blend.


Chocolate Cream Puffs with Pumpkin Whipped CreamChocolate Puffs with Pumpkin Filling

What cream puffs symbolized to me was romantic decadence.  I had always envisioned a beautifully set table of crystal glass and sweetened iced tea hiding precariously amid the willow trees while a warm afternoon breeze gently kicked up napkin edges and guided condensation drips off their coarse.  I imagined lounging ladies with their elbows propped on the table and head resting on smooth lavender-scented lotioned hands.  They are gazing upon a perfectly puffed and whipped topping filled pastry that seductively beckoned them in spite of their desire to eat daintily.

Having created this perfect creamed puff fantasy in my mind, it never occurred to me that I could make them in my own home and experience the amazingness while sitting in my kitchen.  But I am thrilled that I did; because these puffs can truly transport you to a happy place.  A place filled with the woodsy scents of fall, with the trees covered in multi-colored leaves and the warmth of a crackling fire on a cool autumn day.

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Pumpkin Whipped Cream

These chocolate cream puffs are paired with the most light and fluffy pumpkin whipped topping I have ever made, and all thanks to my KitchenAid Food Processor. The food processor produces a light yet long-lasting cream with a perfectly velvety and smooth texture.  You simply must try!

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  • Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker says:

    Oooh Amanda. Only you could make me want this pumpkin dessert. Ps. I hate pumpkin desserts 😛

    • Amanda says:

      LOL!! That is too funny!! Well, just throw some regular old whipped cream and you are all set! 🙂

  • HeatherChristo says:

    These look beautiful! I am heading over to check out the recipe!

  • Ciara @Teaspoon of Life says:

    these look amazing! I love cream puffs and I love how you switched it a new interesting flavor. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks girl!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    Beautifully written. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you. 🙂

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade says:

    Pumpkin Chocolate cream puffs! What an amazing idea and such a classic combination of flavors. Plus, your’s are very pretty 🙂

  • Linda says:

    Gorgeous and inspiring…I’m going to give these a try. I’ve never made a cream puff. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      I hadnt either and was surprised at the simplicity of the process. They are not as sweet as I am used too, and I sorta love that! 🙂

  • Rowaida Flayhan says:

    Greetings from London! Gorgeous and inspiring as always, Thank you so much Amanda
    Wish you a blessed and wonderful weekend

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you sweety! Hope you are having fun in London… its goof to hear from you! 🙂

  • Andrea says:

    I’m so making these this weekend! Brilliant combo…

  • Kiran @ says:

    Love the combo of chocolate and pumpkin here, Amanda. Yum 🙂

  • Christina Main @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe says:

    You had me at pumpkin whipped cream….!

  • Margaret Garner says:

    These look wonderful, can’t wait to try. I have a question when you refer to Pumpkin Puree are you referring to Solid Canned Pumpkin and not the one for pies which already have the spices in it.

    Thank You

  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate says:

    Oh do I like the sounds of these. Yes please.

  • Shanna@ pineapple and coconut says:

    I need you to have a love button installed on your site so I can click it for these. LOVE cream puffs and pumpkin and chocolate are a fave flavor combo of mine!!

    • Amanda says:

      lol You make me smile. 🙂

  • Bonnie says:

    Do you have a traditional cream puff recipe?