In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs. Freeze in airtight containers for up to 2 months.
To use frozen cream puffs: Thaw at room temperature for 10 minutes. Place cream puffs on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 3-4 minutes or until crisp.
For filling, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla. Cover with waxed paper or plastic wrap. Cool for 15 minutes, without stirring.
To serve, spoon chocolate cream filling into cream puffs; replace tops. Top with warmed hot fudge sauce and citrus sugar, white chocolate shavings or confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: Citrus sugar can be made by pressing grated citrus peels into sugar to release their oils. Store citrus sugar in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks or until the flavor diminishes.
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|Serving Size: 1 Recipe (1342g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Serving|
|Calories from Fat: 1511 (71%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 167.9g||224 %|
|Saturated Fat 97.1g||486 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 48.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 9.3g|
|Cholesterol 1438.6mg||443 %|
|Sodium 44472.1mg||1534 %|
|Potassium 1055.6mg||28 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 127.8g||38 %|
|Dietary Fiber 15.1g||60 %|
|Sugars, other 112.7g|
|Protein 50.1g||72 %|
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Calories per serving: 2126
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