20-Minute French Cheese Puffs Recipe (Gougère) Is So Easy to Make by Donna John

20-Minute French Cheese Puffs Recipe (Gougère) Is So Easy to Make

A gougère is an airy French cheese puff made with savory choux pastry (the same dough eclairs and cream puffs are made with). The most common cheeses used in a gougère are Gruyère, Comté or Emmentaler, but any cheese can be added. For some spice, I used pepper jack cheese.

Be sure to stir the dough as it cooks vigorously. Put some muscle into it! If you don't like or have fresh chives, stir your favorite herb into the batter – or leave it out. I'm gong to make mini pizzas with the leftovers by flattening the gougères and spreading a little spaghetti sauce on top and adding a few pizza toppings.

This gougère recipe was super simple, and it makes a delicious snack, too. Next time I'm going to sprinkle a little extra garlic salt on the top before baking. Serve these French cheese puffs as a side dish with dinner or with a salad for lunch.

Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 to 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: Makes about 16


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese 
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the water and butter in a saucepot. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  2. Add the flour, Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Stir vigorously until it forms a ball. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in one egg at a time until smooth. Stir vigorously!
  4. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and the chives.
  5. Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet or baking pan. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 18 to 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm.

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Donna John
I've found so many ways to use my fresh chives this year. Loved this recipe!
Elisa Schmitz
This is brilliant, Donna John . Either as part of dinner or just a savory snack! #yum
Oh my! Making these soon!
Donna John
They were really good!
Linda Brown Bucheit
Donna, are they kind of like the Red Lobster cheese biscuits?
Donna John
Linda Brown Bucheit , not really. They are cheesier and not as biscuit like as Red Lobster's cheddar bay biscuits. Lighter, too.
They're great with some minced/finely diced ham added, too! And seeing as the recipe popped up again just after Easter, and many of us have leftover ham... Win-win. Thanks Donna John!
Donna John
So happy you like the recipe!

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