Broccoli Cheese Puffs from Scratch

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I woke up on Super Bowl Sunday thinking about broccoli cheese puffs. I had cooked a head of broccoli the night before and had leftovers. Thought it would be fun to start the day with some canapés!

Actually, if you know me, you know I don’t give a fig about American football. (Sorry!) But there was snow on the ground, no obligations, bills were paid, and it felt like a day for a party, even if it was just the kids and I. So I turned on the music (writing this to “Clap Yo Hands” from the movie Funny Face!!!!! Fabulous!!!!*) and we had a breakfast party!

But these are so easy you can actually make them for a party and it’s no big deal. They’ll be gone in a flash.

Broccoli Cheese Puffs from Scratch


  • 2 cups chopped cooked broccoli
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère or cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil for the pan


  1. Mix everything in a bowl except for the olive oil.
  2. I made mine in a tiny muffin tin. Use the olive oil to grease the tin, fill the muffin openings (they will not really puff up that much), and bake at 350° for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.

My 6-year-old ate five of them for breakfast without complaining one bit that there was broccoli in them!

* Sung by Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson, who was also the author of Eloise, who MOST assuredly had canapés for breakfast on a regular basis.


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9 Responses to Broccoli Cheese Puffs from Scratch

  1. anita harris February 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    will this recipe be enough for 6 people as a side veggie dish to salmon or should i double it?? thx.

  2. Lacy February 20, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Maria, you are a genius! I made this last night and it was perfect! Just the right amount of everything exactly filled the mini muffin tins. Not just a great way to get kids to eat their veggies, but husbands, too! Delicious!

  3. Elissa San Giovanni February 21, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    I was/am a hugh fan of Pepperidge Farm broccolli cheese pastry puffs. Now that there is an easy recipe for them, yum,yum. Can’t help but love them. You can make them with Phillo dough but I’m going to do these babies as

  4. Jackson February 21, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    How many “puffs” does this recipe make?

  5. Erin B March 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    This will be a kick-a** breakfast for busy school mornings next week!!

  6. Nisha narang March 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    What can I use in place of eggs if I am a vegan?

  7. Alice March 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Yumms. We don’t do grain flours. Any recommendations for substituting nut/seed flours such as almond, coconut, flax, etc..

  8. a nowitz March 12, 2015 at 5:02 am #

    where do i find the answers to the quieries. eg. flour.?

  9. Jen August 4, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    I love this recipe and have been using it for the past year! I use a muffin pan with 6 tins and that seems to work well with this recipe. I substitute spinach for the brocoli. I would say 2 puffs per person is what this recipe comes out to. I also bake it around 20-25 min since the puffs have more batter in the 6 muffin tin pan.

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