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Three-Cheese Pastry Puffs

Makes about 3 dozen pastry puffs

Flaky and tender, these puffs are perfect little cocktail bites. Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes.

Three-Cheese Pastry Puffs

Lisa Romerein
 1 disk Cheese Pastry Dough
 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  About 1 1/4 cups finely shredded gruyère or aged gouda cheese
 1 large egg
 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, sesame seeds, fresh thyme leaves, or ground pepper
Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured board, roll pastry into an 18-inch round. In a bowl, mix mustard and 1 1/2 tablespoons water. Brush dough lightly with mustard mixture.

Step 2

With a 2-inch round cookie cutter, with a decorative or plain edge, cut pastry into rounds. Re-roll scraps and cut more rounds.

Step 3

Place half the pastry rounds 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Pile 3/4 teaspoon shredded cheese onto each round. Cover with remaining pastry rounds, mustard side down, like a sandwich cookie.

Step 4

In a bowl, whisk the egg with 2 tablespoons water. Gently brush all the pastry tops with the egg wash. Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt and either the cumin seeds, sesame seeds, thyme, or pepper. Bake until puffed and golden, 10 to 12 minutes (9 minutes in convection oven). Serve warm.

Step 5

Do-ahead tips: Prepare puffs through step 3 up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap. Or freeze, tightly wrapped, for up to 1 week. To bake, place chilled or frozen puffs directly into a 375° oven and bake 12 to 18 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 76Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.4g9%

Saturated Fat 3.2g16%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 204mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 4g2%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 2.6g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.