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    Dark Chocolate-Caramel Cream Puffs

      Servings:   42 Servings

    Ingredients

      1 cup water
      1/2 cup butter
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      4 eggs
      3/4 cup heavy or whipping cream
      1 10-ounce package Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips plus additional 1/2 cup for chocolate drizzle
      1/2 cup prepared caramel topping

      Chocolate Drizzle
      1/2 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
      1 teaspoon shortening

    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. For cream puff dough, in a medium saucepan, combine water, butter, and salt; bring to a boil.
    3. Add flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball; remove from heat.
    4. Cool for 10 minutes.
    5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    6. Drop dough by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart onto 2 greased baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time for 20 to 25 minutes (keep remaining dough covered while first batch bakes).
    7. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 15 minutes.*
    8. Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium saucepan, bring cream just to a boil over medium-high heat.
    9. Remove from heat. Add 10-ounce Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips. Do not stir. Let stand for 5 minutes.
    10. Stir until smooth. Stir in caramel topping.
    11. Cool for 15 minutes.
    12. Using kitchen scissors, cut tops from cream puffs; remove any soft dough from inside.
    13. Spoon about 1 tablespoon filling into each cream puff. Replace tops.
    14. If desired, drizzle with additional prepared caramel topping and/or Chocolate Drizzle.
    15. For Chocolate Drizzle, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and 1 teaspoon shortening.
    16. Microwave at half power or defrost setting for 1 minute. Remove and stir. If chocolate is not melted, return to microwave and repeat heating step, stirring every 15 seconds to avoid scorching. Stir until smooth.

    * To make ahead, prepare and bake dough as directed through Step 2; cover and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours or freeze for up to 3 months.

    Prep: 25 minutes
    Bake: 20 minutes per sheet
    Cool: 40 minutes