Gougeres are small pastry made with Choux dough mixed with cheese. They are similar to cream puffs but savory instead of sweet. Perfect to serve instead of a roll with a meal. They make great appetizers too!
If you don’t have the equipment to pipe the dough on to the baking sheets, you can use a Ziploc bag and just snip off the corner. Or, my daughter likes to use a cookie scoop to portion out the puff dough on to the baking sheets.
No matter what method you use to portion out the dough on to the baking sheets, after they’re baked, you’ll have gorgeous, golden brown, light as air cheesy puffs.
- All-purpose flour: no special flour needed here
- Butter: this is part of the the choux dough (which is really simple to make once you’ve tried it once!)
- Eggs: these help to make the pastry puff up
- Cheese: you are going to use two kinds of cheese for this recipe for lots of flavor
How to make gougeres:
- New to making this kind of dough? Check out this full cream puff tutorial and video here! It’s a great resource.
- In a saucepan bring the water and butter to a boil.
- Remove form the heat and dump in your flour and give it a good stir. Let it cool down a bit.
- Beat in your eggs one at a time, use a stand mixer of a little elbow grease.
- Stir in some cheese.
- Pipe these out on a baking sheet and top with more cheese and bake!
- Let them cool and then fill them with savory sandwich ingredients (great with chicken salad) or serve them as a side or cheesy appetizer.
- Full ingredients and instructions below!
Frequently Asked Questions
You can make them weeks in advance if you freeze them and they freeze very well. Otherwise, I would just make the a day ahead.
Flat gougers usually mean that your oven is not hot enough. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degree and let it stay there for 5 minutes before putting in the gougeres.
Gougeres is translated to mean a choux pastry filled with cheese.
How long do you bake gougeres?
Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F. Reduce heat to 375°F and bake for an additional 30 minutes. The gougeres should by puffed up and turned golden brown.
You can use these as a side, appetizer, or even fill them with chicken salad.
More cream puff recipes:
- Cream Puff Swans
- Raspberry Cheesecake Cream Puffs
- How to Make Cream Puffs – Easy Pate a Choux Recipe, Video and Step by Step Photos and Instructions
- Churro Cream Puffs
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Savory Cream Puffs – Gougeres
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup water
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 6 pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- dash of chili powder
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- ¾ cup grated Gruyere divided
- ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon water
- Preheat the oven to 425°F with the rack in the middle of the oven. Prepare a baking pan by lining with parchment paper or Silpat. Prepare a pastry bag by fitting it with a ⅝-inch plain tip.
- Measure flour and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine water, butter, salt, and chili powder. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
- Remove saucepan from heat. Add flour all at once. Stir until all the flour is moistened, about 1 minute.
- Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, for another 1 to 2 minutes until dough forms a smooth ball.
- Transfer the dough to the bowl of an electric mixer and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until each egg is incorporated and dough is smooth. Mix in ½ cup gruyere and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
- Fill prepared pastry bag with dough. Pipe dough into 2 inch round tall cone shapes.
- Prepare the egg wash by whisking together the egg and 1 teaspoon water. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the dough with egg wash and smooth out peaks and round the tops. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup gruyere cheese on tops.
- Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F. Reduce heat to 375°F and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Remove shells to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before filling
Gougeres are delicious and savory cheese puff. They make a great side dish to meals, served as appetizers or alongside drinks after dinner.
Is a serving one shell? Or more? Thanks!
Hi Evelyn – if you make them the size I made in the photos, one shell is a serving. You could make them smaller if you prefer.
They look so light and puffy! I just adore them! I will definitely try this out!
How many days in advance can you make these?
Hi Darlene – You can make them weeks in advance if you freeze them and they freeze very well. Otherwise, I would just make the a day ahead.
These look wonderful however my family is gluten free. Can these be made with a gluten free flour?
Hi Angel – yes, you can make a gluten free shell. There’s a gluten free shell recipe in my cookbook and you’d just add the cheese and spice to it.