Chocolate orange cream puffs

A rich chocolate filling deliciously dresses up these cream puffs flavored with a hint of orange.

Chocolate Orange Cream Puffs

Ingredients for the orange puffs

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
Powdered sugar

Ingredients for the chocolate cream filling

1 cup (6 oz.) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
3 tablespoons orange juice
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Dash salt

Directions for orange puffs

Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease baking sheet.

Combine water, butter, orange peel in small saucepan; heat over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Add flour all at once and stir vigorously until mixture holds together and leaves side of pan and forms a ball. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Mixture should be smooth and satiny. Drop dough by level measuring tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheet, making 16 mounds.

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 F; bake for 10 additional minutes or until golden brown. Remove puffs to wire rack cool completely. With serrated knife, cut each puff in half horizontally. Spoon about 1 heaping measuring tablespoon of chocolate filling onto bottom of each puff. Replace top. Dust with powdered sugar. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve.

Directions for chocolate cream filling

Melt morsels and orange juice in small, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring until morsels are melted and mixture is smooth. Transfer mixture to large bowl; cool for 10 minutes. Beat cream, powdered sugar and salt in small mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into cooled chocolate mixture.

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