Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on April 16, 2012

Cream puffs are something that will always, always remind me of my grandmother.  There are just a few baked goodies that instantly remind me of her including shortbread(made into little thumbprint cookies with a piece of maraschino cherry on top), an incredible chocolate cake that was made with zucchini(and yes I knew about it! :D), perfectly frosted cupcakes with jam or jelly thinly spread around the sides and then rolled in coconut and cream puffs.

Not just any cream puffs though, they were always incredible.  Tall and filled with perfectly whipped cream and to make them special she always hid a small dollop of some kind of pudding in the bottom of each puff.  So in the spirit of that, even though my cream puffs will probably never be as tall or as perfect, I filled these with a small dollop of a chocolate peanut butter “pudding” underneath the sweet whipped cream.  Of course you could just fill them with cream though, if that’s how you like them.

These cream puffs are actually for a surprise virtual baby shower for the lovely Caroline of Chocolate and Carrots!!  Be sure to check out what all the other bloggers involved have made for the party with the links below.  And thank you so much to Erin of Texanerin Baking for organizing such a fun virtual party!  Of course, a big congratulations to Caroline and her husband – we’re all so excited for you!

Carrot Cake Colada by Healthy Food For Living

Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade by Bran Appetit

Pancetta and Chive Quiche by Baked Bree

Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto by Simply Whole Kitchen

Baby Cinnamon Buns by Kevin & Amanda

Mini Lemon Lime Cheesecakes by Baked by Rachel

No Bake Lemon Cheesecakes with Lemon Blueberry Sauce by Bake Your Day

No Bake Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes by Eat Good 4 Life

Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Cream by Fearless Homemaker

10 Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies by Itzy’s Kitchen

Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Icing and Chocolate Ganache by Keep It Sweet

100% Whole Grain Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes by Texanerin Baking

[print_this]Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs

Adapted from Eat Good 4 Life’s Cream Puffs, here and here

Makes 12 large puffs

  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp gluten flour(or 1/4 C all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment or a non-stick liner.

In a medium sized pot over medium heat, heat the water and butter until the butter melts.  Add the flour, gluten and salt and mix well.  Turn the heat down slightly and cook until the dough pulls away from the sides and forms a ball in the middle of the pot.  Continue to cook for a couple minutes, stirring and mixing the dough.  Turn off the heat and let cool for a few minutes.  Once cool enough to add the eggs, add one at a time and beat with a spoon until completely incorporated.  Once all the eggs are added, and the dough is very well beaten, divide into 12 “balls” of dough (6 on each baking sheet) using a large spoon.  Do not press down, try to keep the dough as tall as possible, but push down any small pieces of dough that stick up too far that might burn or get overly brown.

Place baking sheets in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.  Turn the oven temperature down to 375 degrees and continue to bake for 10-15 minutes until puffed and golden brown.  Remove from the oven and poke each puff to release the steam.  Once cool enough to handle, take a serrated knife and gently slice the top off each puff.  Remove the tops and allow the puffs to cool completely.

Sweetened Whipped Cream

  • 1 1/2 C whipping cream
  • 2/3 C powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla

Whip the cream, starting at a low speed and working up.  Beat until soft peaks form, being careful not to over beat as it wont be as smooth.  Add sugar and vanilla and beat just until incorporated.  Set aside or cover and chill until ready to use.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1/2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter(I use a natural peanut butter, but any kind is fine)
  • 2/3 tbsp milk(low fat works fine – I’ve even used almond milk)
  • dash vanilla
  • tiny pinch salt

Melt all over medium heat in a small pot on the stove.  Whisk together.  Once all the ingredients are combined and smooth, place in a small bowl or ramekin, cover and chill until firm, at least a couple hours, or overnight.

To assemble cream puffs:  Run a spoon along the inside of each puff to push down or remove the excess and make room for more filling.  Once the chocolate peanut butter filling is completely chilled and set, scoop a small spoonful into the bottom of each puff.  Top with whipped cream and place the top of each puff back in place.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve, or store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Note:  The chocolate filling is the only thing that needs to be made slightly ahead of time to give it time to chill and set.  All parts of the cream puff can be made ahead though and filled right before serving although the puff will be soft instead of slightly crisp on the outside.  The chocolate filling can be omitted for plain cream puffs, just increase the amount of cream very slightly.  The entire cream puff(with or without chocolate filling) can be assembled and stored in the fridge overnight or until ready to serve.


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1 ATasteOfMadness April 27, 2012 at 07:19

I have only ever had cream puffs twice in my life, and I LOVED them! But I’ve never even thought about making it at home! These look perfect!


2 Eat Good 4 Life April 19, 2012 at 18:19

What a retard am I? I didn’t even notice that you actually got the recipe from my blog 🙂 Thanks. I see that you pocked each puff after you were done baking them. I don’t do that and mine seem to work fine. If I encounter any problems in the future with deflated puffs now I know what to do 🙂


3 Joanne April 19, 2012 at 06:31

I made my first cream puffs earlier this year and was amazed at how easy they are to throw together! The filling in these sounds amazing.


4 Ruth April 19, 2012 at 04:25

My first thoughts upon seeing this picture was “Oh MY!”

They look stunningly melt in the mouth delish!!!


5 Nora @ natural noshing April 18, 2012 at 21:39

Oh my!!!!!!! These are little puffs of heaven right here!!!! Chocolate peanut butter puffs?!?!? Yes please, I’ll gladly eat a few of these!


6 Amy @ Gastronome Tart April 18, 2012 at 17:14

I absolutely love cream puffs! What a great and welcome, healthy surprise with the whole wheat added in there. Love them!


7 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 18, 2012 at 14:37

I love these! I am a huge fan of anything with peanut butter. I haven’t had cream puffs in years, but this is such a great idea!


8 kitchenriffs April 18, 2012 at 09:29

The virtual baby shower is such a nice idea! And the cream puffs look spectacular – I don’t believe I’ve ever had one made from whole wheat flour, but of course that’s much healthier. And anything with peanut butter has my full attention! Good post – thanks.


9 brandi April 18, 2012 at 07:08

gorgeous! cream puffs scare me, but i’ll definitely be trying these soon 🙂


10 thelittleloaf April 18, 2012 at 06:52

You had me at cream puffs, but when you added peanut butter filling? Heaven in a mouthful!


11 Stephanie April 17, 2012 at 16:07

These look great! from the photos I would have never guessed that they are whole wheat


12 Heather April 17, 2012 at 12:41

You had me at chocolate peanut butter…..these look so incredible.

Chicken Noodle Soup and Salt & Pepper Buttered Carrots always remind me of my Gram 🙂


13 Jane April 17, 2012 at 08:09

They are so pretty and sound so good! Congrats to Caroline!


14 mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry April 17, 2012 at 06:03

These look beautiful and delicious Heidi! I love that you managed to cram both chocolate AND peanut butter into them!


15 Baking Serendipity April 16, 2012 at 22:20

I’ve only had cream puffs with a plain whipped filling…this chocolate and peanut butter one is over the top! I love it 🙂


16 Eat Good 4 Life April 16, 2012 at 15:59

Ok now these are super awesome. I also have made whole wheat cream puffs in the past and I love them. I have froze them up as well and they are perfect. Great pictures. Hope you are doing good 🙂


17 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 16, 2012 at 14:14

I could definitely eat that filling all by itself, but tuck it into a light pastry puff?! Perfect.


18 Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} April 16, 2012 at 13:33

Whoa!! Chocolate peanut butter pudding filling?!?! You are killing me Heidi!! Yummmmmyy!!!! These look incredible!


19 Steve @ the black peppercorn April 16, 2012 at 12:22

Oh wow – I love cream puffs! I have never tried them with peanut butter! looks great


20 amy @ fearless homemaker April 16, 2012 at 10:55

oh wow, these sound amazing! so glad to be part of the virtual shower with you!


21 Cassie April 16, 2012 at 10:31

Chocolate + pb is one of my (and Carolines!) favorite combos. These are beautiful! So great to connect with you through this shower!


22 Erin @ Texanerin Baking April 16, 2012 at 09:47

Haha, aww at Caroline’s comment about your little ones being virtual buddies. That kind of melts my heart. I really think that your choice is so clever! Chocolate + peanut butter + whole wheat. Good going. 🙂

They look wonderful! I don’t think I’ve had a cream puff before, but if I ever make them, I’ll definitely use this recipe. And chocolate peanut butter filling. Yummy!

I hope everything goes very smoothly and the baby just magically pops out with no effort. That would be nice, wouldn’t it? 🙂


23 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 16, 2012 at 08:52

I’ve always loved cream puffs but thought that they needed something chocolaty or just some other flavor to contrast the light “creamy” taste. PB definitely would do that trick! these are awesome 🙂


24 Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes April 16, 2012 at 08:28

OMG, those looks insanely good. They sounds like the most brilliant idea! That peanut butter just has me aching for some right now. I am bookmarking this for later!!


25 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 16, 2012 at 08:09

Love this!


26 Sara April 16, 2012 at 07:27

YUM! I love that these are whole wheat! I’ve never made cream puffs before but these look easy and delicious!


27 Blog is the New Black April 16, 2012 at 06:45

Holy moly- these look divine!


28 Lyn @ Life Lyn Style April 16, 2012 at 06:15

What’s gluten flour? Can I sub vital wheat gluten? We don’t buy regular flour, so I am trying to figure out what to use. I’m thinking of filling them with home made cream cheese.


29 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 16, 2012 at 16:17

Yes, vital wheat gluten is the same! Go ahead and use that 🙂 A cream cheese filling sounds amazing!


30 Liz April 16, 2012 at 05:59

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs looks delish. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us. I think I ‘ll try these.


31 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots April 16, 2012 at 04:50

Heidi!!! Thank you so much for this amazing surprise! I can’t believe you did all of this for me when I know you are expecting too! 😀 I was so surprised this morning and I can’t seem to stop crying out of pure happiness. I’m pretty sure that a couple of these cream puffs would calm me down, though. They look spectacularly light and fluffy! I’ve never had a whole wheat one before and I’m LOVING the surprise chocolate at the bottom. I bet they just melt in your mouth.

Thank you so much again for your thoughtfulness. I hope everything goes SUPER smoothly for the birth of your 3rd! 😀 So exciting! Our little ones can be virtual buddies! 😀


32 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 16, 2012 at 04:50

These look amazing! I love that we both chose peanut butter and chocolate desserts, you can not go wrong with that!


33 Kathryn April 16, 2012 at 02:44

Congratulations to Caroline! What a great contribution to the baby shower, I’ve never seen whole wheat cream puffs before but they look delicious!


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