Simple Recipe: Chocolate Stout Cream Puffs

Last week, I wrote about how hard it is to shop for guys on Valentine’s Day and came up with five man-approved gift ideas. Desserts are somewhat easier — my guy is just as happy with a strawberry shortcake cupcake as I am — but I wanted to come up with something more masculine.

While shopping for Guinness, we spotted Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and my wheels started turning. I went home and searched “beer desserts” which brought me to this recipe from The Beeroness. After making a few miniscule adjustments, I ended up with these delightful chocolate stout cream puffs.

Unfortunately, there is no manly substitute for the name cream puffs. But real men wear pink and eat cream puffs. Heart shaped ones!

Ingredients

1 box (2 sheets) puff pastry, thawed
1 cup whipping cream or heavy cream
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons chocolate stout

Ganache Topping:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chocolate stout
2 tablespoons whipping cream or heavy cream

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Unroll the puff pastry and use a 2 to 3 inch cookie cutter to make cut outs. I used a heart shaped one because it’s Valentine’s Day and, embarrassingly, I don’t have any other shapes. But the Beeroness used a 2.5 inch biscuit cutter. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix heavy cream, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and stout with a hand mixer until it reaches your desired consistency — thick enough so that it holds together without running.
  4. Split the puff pastries in half and spoon the whipped cream onto one half, covering with the other half.
  5. Now it’s time to make the ganache topping! Microwave the stout and cream on high for 1 to 1.5 minutes. It should be steaming and hot. Pour the mixture over the chocolate chips and stir until smooth.
  6. Drizzle the ganache over the cream puffs.

This is my favorite dessert to date — the combination of the stout and the chocolate is divine. And I’m not even much of a beer drinker! And as a bonus, these babies are really easy to make. From start to finish, they were done in less than half an hour.

What sweet thing are you indulging in this week?

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Comments

  1. Oooh, these look delicious! My husband would probably like these as he is a beer fan. Your photos are gorgeous! We’ve been eating lots of girl scout cookies this week (Thin Mints and Samosas) with plans for extra chocolate snacking tomorrow. 🙂

    • Steph, I think James’ favorite part about these is drinking the leftover beer at the end. I have a feeling your husband might feel the same way. The puffs themselves are really mouthwatering though, and I’m sure you’d love them. As for Girl Scout cookies — we’re trying so hard not to buy any, but I’ll surely break down and get a few boxes as soon as we’re back. Thin mints FTW!

  2. See, this is why you’re brilliant – You see a stout beer and create a whole dessert concept. 😉 In college, I was a huge beer connoisseur (most likely because my then boyfriend was), and the darker the better. Due to this past experience, I can imagine very vividly how yummy your stout cream puffs would taste. In these parts, like Stephanie, we’ve been indulging in Girl Scout cookies. With two family members each raising money for their troop, we couldn’t say no.
    PS~You photo skills are doing those cream puffs all sorts of justice.

    • Okay, now I think you’re even cooler because you’re a beer connoisseur. And thank you for the compliments on the photos. xo

  3. Kawika would love these! He’d probably eat them all in one sitting, LOL.

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