Joy the Baker

Hot Chocolate Popovers

May 13, 2011


Pictured above are 12 toasted marshmallows.  Warm, gooey, sweet, toasty good.

The rest of the bag of marshmallows… I ate those standing in front of the oven waiting for these little puffs to bake.

… Then I went to the store and bought another bag.

… Because I have a problem.  … And marshmallows are so soft so soft so delicious.


Have you ever made popovers?  So simple.

Popovers are like puffy pancake doughnuts.  Aren’t those good words?  Yes.

Also… toasted marshmallows.  Buy two bags.  Don’t feel bad.


Set these little suckers aside.  They’ll get toasted soon.


Let me tell you how these popovers work.

Popover batter is loose and milky.  In this recipe, the batter is divided into muffin cups, and baked in a super hot oven…. the baking part is when you are welcome to just stand at the oven and eat the rest of the marshmallows.

Once baked and puffed, the popovers are removed from the oven,  and get chocolate chips and marshmallows shoved into the center.  If they deflate a bit… that’s totally fine.  Once they’re stuffed, the popovers are placed under a broiler to toast the marshmallows.  This only takes a minute.


Popovers are crazy yumtown served slightly warm with milky coffee.

The batter is not too sweet.  Sweetness comes from chocolate chips and the toasted marshmallow.

Like.  Love.  Yum.

Hot Chocolate Popovers

makes:  12  popovers

recipe adapted from David Lebovitz

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2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus more for greasing the pan

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

12 large marshmallows.

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

I used a standard muffin tin for these popovers.  No fancy popover pan required.  Use a paper towel to grease the individual muffin cups.  Grease well with butter.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.  Whisk well.  Get an arm workout.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, instant espresso powder, salt, cocoa powder, and flour.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just incorporated and no lumps remain.  I poured my batter in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and poured the batter into the prepared muffin pan.  Fill cups one-half to two-thirds full.  Place pan in the oven and set timer for 30 minutes.

No peeking.  That’s important.  Don’t open the oven.

After 30 minutes, remove the popovers from the oven and immediately set oven to broiler.

Carefully add a sprinkling (maybe about 5-7) chocolate chips into the center of the popover, and top with a marshmallow.  If you have to press the chocolate in and deflate the popover a bit, use the back of a spoon.  Go for it.

Place pan under the broiler and barely close the door.  Keep and eye on the toasting marshmallows.  They’ll only need about a minute under the broiler.  Feel free to rotate the pan as necessary.

Remove toasted popovers from the oven.  Let cool for about 5 minutes.  Use a butter knife to gently remove the popovers.  Serve warm.

Popovers are best the day they’re made, but they also freeze just fine.  Place in the freezer and reheat wrapped in foil, in a 350 degree oven.

156 Comments Add A Comment

  • These look delicious! I really like the look of that whisk in the picture. Where is it from?

  • Joy – do you poke the popovers to release the steam? I have read about that – mine usually deflate :c(

  • I think you just reinvented the s’more! Holy cow I can already picture and taste the ooey gooey chocolatey marshmallowy ooze when I bite into one of those already delicious popovers. My favorite way to eat them normally is with strawberry butter slathered all over, but I might have to give this one a go now!

  • Love this!

    FYI – IKEA sells a popover pan for dirt cheap. And it is red and cute.

  • Popovers are totally easy and fast… but chocolate popovers…with toasted marshmallows? I am undone!

  • crazy yumtown is right. these look incredible! i have never had a dessert popover but it sounds pretty much like heaven.

  • great. now im going to be obssessed with these until i manage to make them!! they look like heaven in a muffin pan

  • Just put these in my “To Bake” bookmark folder… buuuut I’ll have to conquer my fear of our bottom-broiler in our gas oven. Eeeks!

  • No…you didn’t. I don’t always leave comments on your recipes, but I’m addicted to your blog. These just hit home on so many levels. Popovers are total comfort food for me. They’re a New Years breakfast tradition in my family and now New Years can’t come soon enough! I want to try these.

    Wait…who said I have to wait until new years? Silly me. Breakfast tomorrow!

  • OH WOW! I know what I’m making this weekend!!!!

  • WHOA. these look fantastic. and they’ll be happening in my kitchen soooon. thank you!

  • I’ve made David Lebovitz’s original popover recipe and loved it- I can’t wait to try these!

    PS- my guilty treat- slightly stale marshmallows. so chewy and so delicious!

  • I love marshmallows, I love chocolate, I love popovers, and you put them all together… I love you! I especially love marshmallows when you leave the bag open, the ones on the top dry out a little bit and they get chewy, so you eat the chewy ones. Then you wait a day and the next level gets chewy and you eat them, then the next day you eat the next level of chewy ones and it goes on and on, OH I love chewy marshmallows! Well, btw, I had to quit eating marshmallow’s because I became a little obsessed with the lovely little puffs of goodness, OH NO, I have to have some, it’s just a popover with a tiny little marshmallow in it right? I’ll just eat one…

  • Oh my – those just won my heart. Way over the marshmallow top

  • Professional baking tip: I grease the pans with my bare fingers and allow my doggie to lick the butter off and from between my fingers. Saves a paper towel. Yes, I confess it’s true. And my doggie loves to help me bake. :))))

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