Craquelin au Chocolat with Dark Chocolate Mousse

This craquelin au chocolat with dark chocolate mousse is a chocolate lover’s dream! It’s rich, creamy, and the craquelin adds the most amazing texture and flavor. If you’ve never had craquelin, you are in for something special. It’s so simple but truly delicious. Read below for the recipe.

craquelin au chocolat with dark chocolate mousse

French Patisserie 101: Part 6

French pastries never get old. There are many ways to add flavors, textures, colors, etc. This particular recipe for chocolate craquelin with chocolate mousse is up there (in my humble opinion) as one of the best choux pastries ever.

And the best part?

It’s not any harder than any of the other choux recipes. In fact, I’d say that craquelin is much easier than Eclairs because craquelin hides most flaws in the cream puffs.

If you are joining us for part 6, here is a refresher of parts 1-5. I always recommend reading through part 1 at the very least as it’s the basis for all of the recipes in this series.

Closeup of craquelin au chocolat cream puff

3 Tips for Making Perfectly Crackled Craquelin au Chocolat

Roll It Thin

For that perfectly crackled craquelin, it needs to be thin. If you place thick discs of dough on each choux mound, it will not crackle and spread as beautifully. In fact, it may not really crackle at all in some spots because there is more craquelin than choux.

Pro Tip: The dough is quite sticky, so it’s easiest to roll it between two sheets of parchment paper with a good rolling pin.

Freeze the Dough

Freezing the dough is one of the most important steps for making any craquelin. The dough is very soft and sticking, so the easiest way to cut out and transfer the craquelin circles is when the dough is frozen and firm.

If the dough is soft, it will stretch and tear very easily. If the chocolate craquelin tears or stretches, it will not lay smoothly on the cream puffs.

The chocolate craquelin must freeze for 30 minutes before cutting out the circles. Once frozen, cut the circles and place them on the choux mounds.

If the dough starts to soften and stretch when you try to move the discs, place the dough back in the freezer for 5 minutes before continuing.

Cut the Craquelin Bigger

To get the chocolate craquelin to cover the entire choux mound, we need to cut it slightly larger than the diameter of each piped choux mound.

To pick a cutter size, place a couple of your round cutters over the choux mounds on the baking. Choose one that fits without touching the pate a choux dough circle, and then use that to cut the craquelin.

top view of chocolate craquelin

Chocolate Mousse Two Ways

The chocolate mousse in this recipe is rich and luxurious, and it’s definitely for chocolate lovers! Personally, this chocolate mousse belongs with this craquelin au chocolat. In terms of richness and luxury, it almost reminds me of eating a chocolate truffle.

But…if you like a less intense chocolate flavor, you can make my other version of chocolate mousse found here.

I like to give a couple of options regarding chocolate because I know we are all so different regarding how we like chocolate.

I am a dark chocolate girl through and through, and I enjoy eating a bar of 72% cocoa chocolate with fleur de sel or candied ginger (my favorite chocolate comes from Pierre Herme and Edwart Chocolatier in Paris). I even have a stash of chocolate bars hidden in a French cookie tin in my pantry. On occasion, you may or may not find me in there sitting on our footstool eating a piece!

So what I am saying is I would absolutely make the dark chocolate mousse for this recipe, but if you know yourself well enough to know that you won’t enjoy it, then make my other version.

another close up view of craquelin au chocolat with chocolate mousse

Craquelin au Chocolat with Dark Chocolate Mousse

craquelin au chocolat with dark chocolate mousse cream puff on a white platter

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  • Author: Camille
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 45 1x
  • Category: Pastries


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For the Chocolate Craquelin

  • 127 g (9 Tbs) unsalted butter, softened
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 90 g (3/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 21 g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt (roughly 1/8 tsp)

For the Choux Pastry

  • 1 recipe pate a choux
  • A large piping bag (12″ or bigger)
  • #12 tip or other similar-sized tip

For the Dark Chocolate Mousse

  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate (use baking bars such as Ghiradelli or Callebaut, not chocolate chips)
  • 57 g (4 Tbs) unsalted butter
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) heavy cream
  • 25 g (2 Tbs) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs whites
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 7.4 g (1 Tbs) cocoa powder, (I use this brand)
  • 3 Tbs very hot water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


To Make the Chocolate Craquelin

  1. Mix the softened butter, salt, cocoa powder, and brown sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined and creamy. Don’t whip until fluffy, it just need to be creamy.
  2. Mix in flour just until dough starts to come together.
  3. Next, roll out the craquelin choux to 1/16 – 1/8 inch thick on a piece of wax paper. Cover and freezer for at least 30 minutes.

To Make the Choux Pastry Dough

  1. While craquelin is chilling, prepare the pate a choux according to the recipe directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and pipe the choux dough into 1-2 inch mounds (depending on how large you want them). Gently flatten the tips of the mounds so that they have a flat spot about the size of a dime on top.
  3. Take the craquelin dough out of the freezer and immediately use a circle cookie cutter to cut out circles to cover the tops of the choux mounds.
  4. If you want the craquelin to cover the entire choux pastry when baked, make sure the circle is slightly larger than the diameter of the piped choux pastry.
  5. If chocolate craquelin gets too soft, place it back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and then finish cutting circles.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes at 400 F, then reduce the temperature to 350 and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until they are firm and crackled. Because the chocolate doesn’t brown like normal craquelin, it can be more difficult to know when it’s done. Pro tip: Check the bottom of one craquelin puff to see if it’s golden brown and firm to the touch. If it’s soft, it’s not done yet.
  7. When the craquelin comes out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack for 2-4 hours.

To Make the Chocolate Mousse

  1. Boil 1/4 cup of water, then stir in the cocoa powder and let it sit for at least 5 minutes to bloom. Set aside.
  2. Roughly chop the chocolate and place it in a medium-sized metal or glass bowl with the butter. Place the bowl over a small pot filled with 1-2 inches of simmering water. Stir the chocolate and butter often until fully melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add bloomed cocoa powder and vanilla. Then add the egg yolks and stir. Set aside.
  4. Whip egg whites and salt to soft peaks. Add the sugar a little at a time until medium-stiff peaks form.
  5. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream to soft peaks and set aside.
  6. Next, add 1/3 of the egg whites to the chocolate and stir. Then, add the remaining meringue and whipped cream and gently fold until fully combined with no white streaks.
  7. If you want your craquelin au chocolat to look like the ones shown in the pictures, fit a piping bag with a French star tip, fill the bag with chocolate mousse, and refrigerate for 2-4 hours to set up before piping.
  8. Cut the top third of the chocolate craquelin puffs off, pipe the chocolate mousse into the bottom half until it comes above the rim of the puff, and top with the craquelin.
  9. Alternately – If you don’t want to cut the tops off but would rather fill whole craquelin choux buns, use an 803 or 804 plain round tip, poke a small hole in the bottom of each cream puff, and immediately fill with the unset chocolate mousse. Refrigerate the puffs for 2 hours before eating so the chocolate mousse can set up.
  10. Add chocolate shavings, gold leaf, or any other desired embellishments. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.


This is a Baker Street Society original recipe.


  1. I made these for a friend today and they turned out great! A few of them fell (they were in the middle of the cookie sheet and I think they didn’t get as cooked as the rest) but the majority came out looking perfect. I used the linked milk chocolate mousse recipe and added orange extract to some of it, to replicate these delicious orange chocolate pastries a local bakery has. This project is a lot of work (and a LOT of dishes haha) but the recipe explains everything so clearly and they turned out wonderful!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and that it’s very clear and easy to understand (that’s the goal!). Pate a Choux recipes tend to take some work, but totally worth it. I wish I could taste your version with the orange. It sounds wonderful!

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