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Nippy Cheese Puffs

—Taste of Home Cooking School
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a 2-qt. saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil over medium heat. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese, jalapeno and cayenne.
  • Drop into 1-in. mounds onto prepared baking sheet 2 in. apart. Sprinkle dough with remaining cheese. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
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