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Dec 14, 2020

French Bread Cheese Puffs

These French bread cheese puffs are a completely poppable appetizer made with bread cubes dunked in a mixture of cheeses and whipped egg whites, frozen, and then baked into a delicious cheesy appetizer. 

Cheese puffs with Jack cheese

This is a throw back recipe from the 1970s. My mom gave me this recipe, along with a appetizer recipes such as "mushroom roll ups, tostada pie, ham walnut spread, and salmon party ball." 

While there are way more sophisticated cheese puffs out there, such as gougères, Brazilian Cheese puffs, or Cheese Puff Pastry Bites, these cheese puffs are simple to make and totally delicious. They will definitely be the hit at your next party. 

Cheese puff in hand

To make these cheese puffs, you melt butter, jack cheese, and cream cheese together to form a creamy sauce. Then you fold in whipped egg whites and dip 1 inch squares of bread into the mixture.

The original recipe calls for cutting off the crusts, but I leave the crusts on the bread. Also, these would typically be made with unsliced sandwich bread, but I prefer to use good French bread. 

Once you've coated the bread pieces, place them in on a sheet pan and freeze them. Once they have frozen, place them in a freezer bag. 

Frozen cheese puffs

You now have an appetizer you can bake and serve these anytime you need one at the last minutes. You only have to bake as many as you need, saving the rest for another occasion. 

Cheese Puff Recipe Variations

You can substitute cheddar cheese for the jack cheese. You could also add finely chopped onion or minced garlic, or herbs. 

Just mix the add-ins into the melted cheese mixture. 

You could also sprinkle a little bit of black pepper over the cheese puffs before freezing. 

Not only are these delicious appetizers, they are great for substituting for croutons in tomato soup. 

Cheese puffs with soup

This month, the Baking Bloggers are sharing recipes for baked holiday appetizers. If you are looking for delicious appetizers you can pull from your oven, be sure to check out the links below. 

Baking Blogger December 2020:  Baked Holiday Party Appetizers

French Bread Cheese Puffs on a plate

Serve these cheese puffs with sparkling wine or cocktails for a cheesy delicious appetizer that will quickly disappear. 

French Bread Cheese Puffs

French Bread Cheese Puffs
Yield: 36 appetizers
Author: Karen Kerr
These French bread cheese puffs are a completely poppable appetizer made with bread cubes dunked in a mixture of cheeses and whipped egg whites, frozen, and then baked into a delicious cheesy appetizer.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 4 ounces Monterey jack cheese, freshly shredded
  • 3 ounces full fat cream cheese
  • 2 egg whites, beaten to medium peaks
  • 36 one-inch square cubes cut from unsliced French bread, if they are not perfectly square, that's okay. 


  1. Melt the butter and cheeses over very low heat (or in a double boiler), whisking constantly, until smooth. 
  2. Fold the egg whites into the cheese mixture until fully combined. 
  3. Dip the bread cubes in the in the cheese mixture and place them on a parchment lined sheet pan. Place them in the freezer. When they are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and leave them in the freezer. 
  4. To serve, heat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  5. Place the squares on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the begin to brown. You can bake as few or as many as you need. 



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  1. Replies
    1. They are. The hardest part is folding in the egg whites without making an omelette!

  2. Always a great idea to have some easy to heat appetizers stashed in the freezer.

  3. Throwback recipes can be SO fun! I just made a pork chop recipe from the mid-Century and my family was thrilled...and stunned all at the same time.

  4. Yum! I love the idea of making these ahead of time, and be ready to pop into the oven. Too bad there aren't any gatherings in my neck of the woods this year.

    1. Not so many here either, but we'll have the recipes ready when the gatherings begin again!

  5. These are adorable and what a fun treat / appetizer / crouton / snack to have ready to go in the freezer!

  6. I love the idea of using these as croutons in tomato soup. They sound so amazing.

    1. They are even better than you might expect, Wendy. I'm sure you guys would love these.

  7. A great appetizer. These are really fun and delicious!

  8. So how do you fold in eggs whites without making an omelette??? I want to make this - like, yesterday lol!

    1. Maybe it's because of all of the other ingredients, and you freeze them first. All I know is, it works!

  9. Do you fold in the egg whites while the cheese is still warm?

    1. Yes, still warm, but not super hot that you scramble the eggs.


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