Fluffy, golden cheese puffs make the perfect afternoon snack or pre-dinner bite—plus they're super-easy to make. 

By F&W Editors
Updated May 30, 2017
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From star chef Daniel Boulud's oversized gougères, to savory smoked salmon-stuffed puffs, here are nine ways to make your own cheese puffs.

1. Alain Ducasse's Gougères

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These delicious hors d'oeuvres can easily be made ahead of time.

2. Gargantuan Gougères

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Almost twice the size of ordinary Gougères, these golden French cheese puffs are made with the mild Basque pepper Piment d'Espelette.

3. Smoked Salmon-Stuffed Puffs

Tabasco-spiked smoked salmon combined with cream cheese, sour cream, mustard and garlic fills these fluffy puffs.

4. CheddarGougères

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Cabot Clothbound Cheddar stars in these superb cheese puffs.

5. Sausage Potato Puffs

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These tender potato puffs feature two kinds of cheese and spicy Italian sausage.

6.Gougères

Instead of spooning the batter onto a baking sheet before baking, Chantal Leroux uses mini muffin tins.

7. Oniony Cheese Puffs

To make this supersimple recipe, dip bread cubes into a savory cheese mixture, then bake until golden.

8.Roquefort Gougères

These excellent cheese puffs call for Roquefort, a robust blue cheese from southwestern France. The cheese mellows out when baked in pastry, providing a deliciously pungent and mildly salty bite.

9.Parmigiano-Reggiano Puffs

Save your Parmesan rinds and pop them in the microwave for a fun snack.