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
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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 appetizers equals 68 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g 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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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"not a lot of flavor"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

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

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!!"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"Love these. Perfect for a potluck appetizer."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

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

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