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Brazilian-Style Cheese Buns

Brazilian-Style Cheese Buns

Brazilian-Style Cheese Buns

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen


24 buns

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cooking Time

25 Minutes

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Inspired by pão de queijo--Brazilian cheese bread--this gluten-free cheese bun recipe produces perfectly puffy, fluffy, and cheesy bites.

Recipe Notes

*Brazilian pão de queijo is traditionally made with tapioca flour, but it can be harder to find in American grocery stores. We found substituting all-purpose flour produces great results in this recipe.


1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2 large eggs

1/2 cup tapioca flour or all-purpose flour*

1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

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Step 1: Start dough

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine water, Cheddar Cheese Powder, and butter, and bring to a simmer. Once mixture simmers, reduce heat to low and add flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pot, about 30 seconds.

Step 2: Finish dough

Transfer mixture to food processor and process for 10 seconds to cool slightly. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and Mayan Sea Salt until homogenous. Slowly pour egg mixture into food processor while food processor is running until a thick dough forms. Scrape sides of processor and add 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Process for 10 seconds until cheese is incorporated.

Step 3: Form buns

Using a round tablespoon measure or a 1/2 oz. cookie scoop, scoop rounds of mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Use a spoon greased with cooking spray to round out each bun and leave a smooth surface. Top each bun with a few pieces of shredded cheddar.

Step 4: Bake and serve

Bake buns for 12 to 15 min. until top half of buns are golden-brown. Without opening oven, turn oven off and leave buns inside for another 10 min. Serve warm.