Pao de Queijo (Cheese Puffs-Brazilian)

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by GinnyP

I have not made this recipe, but after having been to Brazil a few times, and after having found this recipe in the Brazilian Children's Fund Cookbook (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), I had to add this to my recipes. I hope it turns out as good as those I've tried in Brazil!

Top Review by Chef-Baker

This is a great recipe! The best Pao de Queijo comes from Minas Gerias. I would have to say this is very close to the ones I have had there. My wife is Brazilian and she was shocked when I made these for her. She said it reminded her of home. There are three tricks you have to do to make this work. 1) Use Tapioca Starch not Flour 2) After you make the mixture, refrigerate it. The balls will come out perfect. 3) Bake at 350 for 25 mins. If you do these things, it will come out perfect. Al

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring the milk, salt, and margarine to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Slowly add manioc starch, stirring constantly until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Add the cheese and eggs.
  6. Knead until smooth.
  7. Form into balls approximately 2-inches in diameter and place on a greased baking sheet.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake until golden brown.
  10. Eat while hot.
  11. Makes 20 cheese puffs.

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