Tennessee Cheddar Puffs

Light and airy, these Cheddar Puffs are a perfect party appetizer.

YIELD 60 pieces
PREP 5 mins COOK 20 mins

Be sure to cook the water, butter, flour mixture until it’s difficult to stir and it forms a ball-like mass.


  • 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
  • Paprika


1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. 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 Ĺ cup flour. Fold in cheese. Drop by tablespoons onto baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with paprika.

3. Bake 10 minutes, turn the pan, and bake 10 more minutes. Leftover puffs can be frozen.

Per serving: 70 calories, 5g fat, 3g saturated fat, 1.5g monounsaturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium 140mg, 15mg potassium, 3g carbohydrate, 2g Protein, 4% Vitamin A, 4% Calcium, 2%Iron

This Recipe is adapted from Dancing Bear Lodge and originally appeared as Tennessee Cheddar Puffs on relish.com with photography by Mark Boughton and styling by Teresa Blackburn.


Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

I think we have all the necessary ingredients. Going have to try...

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

We are having some people over for the 4th of July. These sound just like something they will gobble up!!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

JL A3 years ago


Donna F.
Donna F3 years ago


Laurence Wuillemin
Past Member 3 years ago

light? with butter and 6 (SIX!!!) large eggs und so much cheese? are you kidding me? light is something different for me ;-))
and I'm sure there's no need for sugar in it

Dale O.

william M, a splendid idea, adding some finely chopped fresh garlic. Not to mention some freshly chopped dill, parsley and don't forget the chives.

william Miller
william Miller3 years ago

Something tells me you have to add some garlic

Dale O.

A delightful and flavourful recipe, looks quite tasty.

Micha S, home baked cheddar puffs is hardly junk food, especially in moderation. Junk food is more like potato chips, tons of sugar, highly refined fast foods and the like. A few cheddar puffs once in a while is not going to hurt anyone. Better not take a peek at their Easter recipe of the DIY Natural Marshmallow Chicks.

Linda Wallace
Linda W3 years ago

These look wonderful and great for a party.