Herb & Cheddar Gougères

Don't let the fancy French name for these cheese puffs mislead you—this is an easy appetizer recipe. They're traditionally made with Gruyère or Comté; we couldn't resist turning to our Vermont roots and using good old Cheddar instead.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
25 servings


  • ¾ cup water

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 400 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Combine water, butter and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, add flour and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon to form a smooth dough. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. The dough should dry out slightly and pull away from the pan.

  3. Scrape the dough into a medium bowl and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, beat eggs one at a time into the dough, beating thoroughly after each addition. The batter will separate after each egg, but keep stirring: it will come back together. Add cheese, mustard, thyme and rosemary and fold to combine.

  4. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a round 3/8- to 3/4-inch pastry tip (or use a gallon-size plastic bag with about 3/4 inch snipped off a corner). Pipe 25 small mounds of dough onto each prepared baking sheet, making each a littler wider than a quarter.

  5. Bake, rotating the pans front to back and top to bottom halfway through, until puffed and golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.


To make ahead: Freeze cooled gougères airtight for up to 2 weeks. Reheat for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Equipment: Pastry bag with a medium (3/8- to 3/4-inch) round tip (or gallon-size plastic bag), parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

64 Calories
5g Fat
3g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 25
Calories 64
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g 5%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Vitamin A 165IU 3%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 15mcg 4%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 16mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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