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Cheddar-Chive Cheese Puffs

These savory, crisp-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside pastries are made from a quick and easy dough that comes together on the stovetop.

Serves 12
Ready in 80 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 35 mins
Chill time 30 mins
170 calories per serving


> 1 (5 oz) chunk extra-sharp Cheddar
> 1 cup water
> 6 tbsp butter
> 1/4 tsp salt
> 1 cup all-purpose flour
> 4 large eggs
> 3 tbsp minced chives
> 2 tsp finely chopped thyme
> 1 tsp black pepper


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment. Coarsely grate the Cheddar.
In a 3-qt saucepan, heat the water, butter, and salt on medium until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the flour and, with a stiff spatula, stir vigorously until dough comes together as a ball. Continue cooking and stirring dough 2 min. Transfer dough to a large bowl and let stand 5 min.
Into dough, stir the eggs, 1 at a time, beating vigorously after each egg. After all four eggs are added, continue to beat dough vigorously unit it forms a dough ball (this could take 5 mins of beating - must form dough ball). Fold in the chives, thyme, black pepper, and Cheddar. With mini cookie scoop or by heaping teaspoon measure, drop onto lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.
Bake 25–30 min., until golden brown, switching racks halfway through. Serve warm or cool completely on wire racks and freeze up to 2 weeks or keep at room temperature 1 day in airtight containers or resealable bags. Reheat in 350°F oven until warm and crisp.


To save a bit of time and energy, use a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment in Step 2.

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