Gougères AKA “gruyère cheese puffs”

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Gougères, gruyere cheese, Pâte à Choux


  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup butter
  • salt to taste
  • pepper ~30 grinds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup gruyère cheese grated


  • Using medium saucepan, bring water, butter, salt and pepper to a boil.  Add flour all at once and mix constantly till mass comes away from sides of pot.
  • Transfer dough to a standing mixer with paddle attachment.  Mix on medium speed for 1 minute, then add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition. You want to achieve a stiff but pliable texture.
  • Add cheese to mixture and continue to mix for one minute.
  • Transfer to a pastry bag with a plain tip and pipe into desired shape on parchment lined sheet pan.  About the size of quarter for smaller gougères and the size of half dollar for larger ones. 
  • Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown then turn down to 350 for 10-13 minutes to cook through.


  • Serve warm, bask in the glory of your accomplishment when your friends admire your kitchen prowess.
  • These freeze well.  Freeze on baking sheet, once frozen place into Ziploc bag - pull a few out for an impromptu gathering.
  • Recipe makes about 100 cheese puffs when piped out to about a quarter size.