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Cheese Puffs (Gougeres) Recipe

Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)

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"Light, airy, cheese puffs are a versatile addition to a meal or appetizer plate. Tiny, they're like soup nuts. Larger, they pair well with beer or wine. Even bigger, they can be split and filled with ham, chicken, tuna salad, or even more cheese! These are easier to make than the recipe sounds, yet the result looks impressive enough that you can tell your friends you slaved over them."

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Original recipe makes 24 medium puffs Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Combine the flour with the salt, black pepper, thyme, chili powder, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Put the milk and butter in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. When the butter melts, turn heat to low. Add the seasoned flour all at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a ball. Remove from heat.
  4. Separate the white and yolk from one egg, reserving the yolk for glazing.
  5. Put the dough into a large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for one minute. Then beat in one egg and the extra egg white. Beat until completely absorbed into the dough. Then add the remaining 4 eggs, one at a time, waiting each time until the previous egg is completely absorbed. After all 5 eggs (plus the one egg white) have been incorporated, the dough should be smooth and satiny.
  6. Add the Parmesan and Gruyere cheeses, and pepperoni if you are using it. Incorporate thoroughly into the dough.
  7. Use a pastry bag to pipe dough onto 2 ungreased baking sheets. You can also drop dough from a teaspoon. For tiny puffs, mounds should be about 1/2 inch in diameter. From small appetizers, mounds should be 1 inch in diameter. For puffs large enough for filling, mounds should be 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Keep the size of the puffs uniform so they bake properly. Space puffs about 1 inch apart.
  8. Beat the remaining egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of milk to make a glaze. Lightly brush the tops of the puffs with glaze before baking. Sprinkle tops with your Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes (5 minutes for tiny puffs). Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Bake 10 minutes more for tiny puffs; 15 to 20 minutes longer for medium or large puffs, or until puffs are golden brown. Test by removing a puff from the oven and breaking it open. The inside should be baked through. If it is still doughy or wet, bake another 5 minutes.
  10. Remove pans from oven and leave puffs on pans until cool enough to serve.
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  • Substitutions
  • Different cheeses allow you to tailor the flavor of the puffs to pair with your meal. Use an assertive cheese to get a full flavor, and grate or crumble it so it mixes easily into the dough. In place of the Gruyere cheese, you can use Swiss, sharp Cheddar, Gouda, pepperjack, or even crumbled blue or feta cheese.
  • Instead of topping the puffs with grated Parmesan, you can use sesame or poppy seeds, or 1 tablespoon of coarse salt.
  • Make ahead
  • You can refrigerate the dough (covered) after step 6. Bring dough to room temperature, then proceed from step 7.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 18, 2007

This recipe really worked well. I read the one review ahead of me who said they turned into cookies, and I have to admit that mine didn't do that. The only thing that was confusing was the matter of the eggs. You're going to separate and reserve 1 egg. The egg yolk you will mix with 2 Tablespoons of milk to make the glaze, and the white you're going to beat into the mix. When you incorporate the eggs, do so one at a time. Ensure that you mix them all very well after each addition. When I piped them out, I just used a Ziploc bag that I cut a 1/2 inch tip off one corner then piped them out. Don't flatten them, make nice little mounds. I also added a pinch of baking powder just to ensure they puffed up. It works everytime. I'm too much of a puss not to do that! Happy Baking!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 09, 2009

This recipe is good - no doubt. But I made a 2nd version using already bought flaky biscuit dough and just adding the cheese and herbs/spices and then followed baking directions. What a time saver! Sandra Lee - whatch out!

Jan 05, 2008

These came out great! The recipe -- which is really justcream puffs with cheese added -- is foolproof if you follow it correctly. Make sure the oven is hot enough, and make sure you beat each egg in completely before you add the next. You can't rush things, or you get cookies, like another reviewer said. I made mine a little smaller than ping-pong balls, poked a hole in each, and piped in fillings: crab salad, bacon-cheese dip, and Borsin cheese spread. Yum!

Feb 17, 2008

I used pepper jack cheese instead of the Gruyere cheese to make them kind of spicy. I thought the recipe was easy to follow and made delicious puffs!

Nov 30, 2008

I doubled the recipe, following the recipe exactly, but did not use leftover egg yolk for puff tops. Dropping dough by teaspoons made the "puffs" flat. Next batch I used a ziploc bag, snipped the corner, and piped the dough out in small drops; baked one sheet at a time. This was successful, but it did take a long time. I liked them, but my daughter's class thought they were a bit spicy.

Jul 09, 2009

With puffs like this you have to watch the weather. If it is rainy and cloudy they will not always puff. I used the pepper cheese and my husband loved them. Dropped them from a pastry tube, and they puffed fine. I am going to play with this with some other cheeses and let you all know how they turn out!

Dec 07, 2009

Excellent Recipe. They are a big hit. I followed recipe and they came out fine. I added Salmon filling and they were very very tasty.

Jan 09, 2008

This recipe turned out great but I was wondering if you could let these turn cold then reheat them because my daughter has to do a project on french cuisine and I haped that she could bring them to school and then reheat them in the oven there?


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  • Calories
  • 219 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 131 mg
  • 44%
  • Fat
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 9.7 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 327 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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