Happy Chocolate Eclair Day!

This little recipe came from a neighbor who has since moved. But this recipe has stayed dear to my heart- and you can bet we are having some for dessert tonight!

Chocolate Eclairs
by Kris

2 cups water
1 cup butter
2 cups flour
8 eggs
Cream filling
Fudge frosting

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat water and butter to a rolling boil in a saucepan. Stir in flour. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Beat in eggs, all at once and continue to beat batter until smooth. Drop by spoonsfulls about 3 inches apart on an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until puffed and golden, about 30-35 minutes. Cool completely. Cut top 3/4 of the way across each puff. Push excess dough to the bottom and fill with cream filling. Frost with fudge frosting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Refrigerate until serving time.

Cream Frosting
1 (6 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
2 1/2 cups milk
1 (8oz) container cool whip

While elcairs are cooking, beat milk and pudding mix until well blended. Refrigerate until pudding begins to thicken. Beat in cool whip, refrigerate.

Fudge Frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix all ingredients in order given. Beat or stir with a whisk until smooth.

Happy Baking!

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