Cheese Puffs Recipe
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Cheese Puffs Recipe

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"I found this recipe in one of my mother’s old cookbooks and updated the flavor by adding cayenne and mustard," recalls Jamie Wetter of Boscobel, Wisconsin. "Tasty and quick for this busy season, these tender, golden puffs go together in minutes and simply disappear at parties!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 68 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter, salt and cayenne 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. Stir in Gruyere and mustard.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 425° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Cheese Puffs in Simple & Delicious November/December 2006, p35

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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yvonne1102 User ID: 1064129 114957
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"not a lot of flavor"

Jenandjohn6 User ID: 3267461 160765
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"Loved these! Made them for a tailgate party. They were gone in no time."

Stellie User ID: 2578281 145198
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"I made these and I used grated cheddar and you can substitute with any cheese really (my sister in law used some blue cheese) They were a hit many asking "What are these?" in between bites and then helping themselves to more. They couldn't believe they were so simple to make!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4933522 161346
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"Love these. Perfect for a potluck appetizer."

yjanney User ID: 4738737 92512
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"These were so bland! No one touched them."

craftynut62 User ID: 2026068 73884
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I just love these.I make them when ever I have a party."

tollett User ID: 2619184 99400
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2009

"can these be made ahead of time?"

Beverly Kramer User ID: 3337612 93250
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2009

"Yum, yummy"

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