Holiday Appetizer Puffs Recipe
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Holiday Appetizer Puffs Recipe

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Good things come in little packages with these melt-in-your-mouth puffs. Besides crabmeat, I've used whipped cream or pudding as the filling to create bite-sized desserts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained and cartilage removed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 195 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 369mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, butter and salt 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.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Immediately cut a slit in puffs to allow steam to escape. When cool, split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients. Just before serving, spoon filling into puffs; replace tops. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Holiday Appetizer Puffs in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1998, p23

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lslanglois1 User ID: 6047529 25216
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"this is so good i made it with lobster"

luquita User ID: 3358463 23899
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2009

"I've made these puffs with ham salad (3 oz. size of can ham) or chicken salad. Everyone enjoys them especially the ham puffs."

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