Tennessee Cheddar Puffs

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett

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Light and airy, these Cheddar Puffs are a perfect party appetizer.
cook 5min
cook 20min
cook 60 pieces

What's in it


1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 to 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
10 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar (about 3 cups)
6 large eggs

How to cook it


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Combine butter, water, sugar, salt and cayenne in a large saucepan. Cook until butter melts. Add 2 cups of flour all at once. Reduce heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until mixture is stiff and forms a ball-like mass, about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Pour into mixing bowl; using a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat 1 minute at medium-low speed to cool the mixture. Increase speed to medium; add eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate before adding the next. Batter should be firm, not runny. If necessary, blend in an additional ½ cup flour. Fold in cheese. Drop by tablespoons onto baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with paprika.
  • Bake 10 minutes, turn the pan, and bake 10 more minutes. Leftover puffs can be frozen.