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Cheesy Puffs

When it comes to cheese, I like all kinds.

Top 5 Guilty Pleasures

1.  Barry Manilow Did you know that Can’t Smile Without You is a professional football team’s song? If that doesn’t make your day, I just don’t know. Try not to sing or hum Barry’s greatest hit today.

2.  Trashy Reads I grew up with a neighbor who got tons of magazines, including all the tabloids. When she was done reading, she’d stick them in a clear plastic bag and hang a gossip-filled gift on the fence. It’s how we recycled back in the day.

3.  Regifting Just this week, my mom gave me new pocket protectors. A stack of them. Part of me wanted to ask what for, but some gifts are best accepted with a quick thanks and hasty retreat. I don’t want to spoil anything, but some of you may be getting an extra nerdy gift soon.

4.  Microwaves Sure, I enjoy baking things in an oven. But I also love the instant gratification of a microwave. Kale chips in a few minutes? Get out. Salted caramel apple cake, pumpkin mug cake, or chocolate pudding for dessert? Twist my arm.

5.  Gratuitous links to previous posts

Of course, you can’t top the penny candy aisle at a Five and Dime. Or a big bowl of cheese puffs.

Here’s an extraordinary looking bowl of crunchy cheese puffs made with an unusual and complex recipe. Fascinating, so definitely worth a look.

More grate looking cheese curls on Serious Eats – the coating looks especially good, but I didn’t use that recipe. I took the easy way out and finished the baked puffs with a tablespoon of cheddar popcorn seasoning. No guilt here, thank you very much.

Cheesy Puffs

25 minutes

2 or 3 servings

Great with sharp cheddar. If cheese is soft, freeze it before grating on the smaller holes of a box grater. These puffs are gluten free, guilt free, and not nearly as salty or addictive as the store bought kind.


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheese, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon cheddar popcorn seasoning


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a mixer, whip the egg whites with cream of tartar to form stiff peaks.

In a separate cup, blend egg yolk, garlic powder, and salt.

Fold egg yolk mixture and cheese gently into whipped egg whites.

Scoop mixture into a pastry or plastic bag. After filling bag, snip a small corner off the bag and gently start piping. You'll fill 2 trays with puffs.

Bake for about 25 minutes.For crispier puffs, turn the oven off and leave them in oven another 10 minutes. Coat puffs with cheddar popcorn seasoning by shaking all in a bag. Let cool before storing in an airtight container.

Use leftover egg yolks for lime bars, custard, or quiche.



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Betty Ann‘s Purple Yam Jam at Asian In America

Emma‘s Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy at Dreaming of Pots and Pans

Grace‘s School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars at HapaMama

Linda‘s Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Raspberries & Lemon Cream at Spicebox Travels

Lisa G‘s Mars Bar Slice at Monday Morning Cooking Club

Lisa K‘s Nutella Cookies at The Little Good Ride

Lucy‘s Velveeta Apple Casserole at A Cook and Her Books

Margaret‘s Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes at Tea and Scones

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  1. You know, Cheeto-like cheese puffs were the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard about this topic — but I couldn’t figure out how to make them! You are amazing…and now I have a terrific recipe! Going to try this as soon as I get back to my kitchen….xx

  2. Love it– another recipe the kids will want to try! As for Barry– I once sang in a chorus that sang Copacobana. Still know the words. (He’s underrated!)

    • Like I mentioned to Cheryl, they’re good for being lower in sodium and carbs. They’re basically savory, dried out pavlova puffs. Real cheese puffs must have double the salt and some sugar too. I agree Barry (yep, we’re both on a first name basis) is underrated. So many great songs AND he actually signed my purse at the Houston Rodeo one year. After performing in a huge arena, a group of us started begging him to come over as he was leaving the stage. But we had nothing for him to sign and weren’t within reach. That’s when an overly long shoulder strap comes in handy! We lowered the purse down, he was able to sign it, and we pulled it back up. Our friend Barry was super sweet and so kind to dorky fans.

  3. I mean, this post is hilarious, informative and all sorts of fun. Which football team??

  4. Very clever post, I enjoyed reading it so much! Particularly the gratuitous links. Think my kids are going to love these cheese puffs, although don’t think we have popcorn seasoning here.

  5. Think I would use Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast Seasoning (has cheesy flavor) instead of popcorn seasoning. You would also get all your “B” vitamins this way. Available in bulk at all Whole Foods Mkts and health food stores.

  6. Thanks for the Barry Manilow earworm ~ love him! And these cheese puffs are definitely worth a try. Cheddar popcorn seasoning is one of my very favorite things!

  7. Cheetos and Twinkies. My PawPaw always had them for me. ALWAYS!! But now – I just cannot eat them. Have to try these.