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Cheddar and Bacon Puffs make one of the best appetizers and nibbles to make ahead and keep on hand for when guests stop by or when entertaining.


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And since we are right on the brink of the busiest entertaining season of the year, I knew it would be the perfect time to share them with you. With tailgating season practically upon us and the holiday season quickly on its heels, this is one of those recipes that you can go ahead and begin making one rainy day in preparation.

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You see, while they are extraordinarily straight out of the oven, they are just as delicious pulled out of the freezer and reheated for a quick nibble. And, they are perfect to pack and take along with you for all sorts of occasions such as to a tailgating event, to a friend’s house for an afternoon snack or easy appetizer, or even just to take along with you for a late summer trip.


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You can whip up these Cheddar and Bacon Puffs in less than 30 minutes and then watch them disappear even more quickly.

Since they always seem to be a crowd-favorite, I highly recommend making two or three batches of these babies so that you have plenty to freeze for later.

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Make ’em soon, stock pile a few dozen for super easy entertaining later. You’ll thank me. Promise.

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Here’s my Cheddar and Bacon Puffs Recipe.

4.65 from 31 votes

Cheddar and Bacon Puffs Recipe

Appetizers 38 mins

Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 3 dozen
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Cheddar and Bacon Puffs make a delicious, easy, elegant appetizer or snack for entertaining. Make ahead and freeze for later.


  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 4 slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup packed coarsely grated Cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch ground red pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Line baking sheet pans with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
  • Bring water, butter, and salt to a rolling boil in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Stirring vigorously, add in all of the flour and cook until the dough begins to pull away from the edges of the saucepan. Remove dough from heat and transfer to bowl of a stand mixer and allow to cool for approximately two to three minutes. Alternately, you can leave in the saucepan and use a hand mixer, if desired. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating in completely after each addition. Stir in cheese, bacon pieces, black pepper, and red pepper, making sure all ingredients are well-combined.
  • Scoop tablespoon pieces onto baking sheet. Using a damp finger or back of a spoon, press down any pieces of dough that are sticking up to prevent them from overbrowning. Bake 25-30 minutes, until puffs have turned a golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  • Serve immediately or allow to cool completely, place in airtight container or zip top freezer bags and freeze up to three months.

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  1. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a cheese dish, but I love to munch on sliced Cracker Barrel cheddar cheese on a cracker with a slice of pepperoni or salami. Yum! And there’s nothing better than making a plate full to share with a loved one. Double Yum!
    I’m looking forward to trying your Cheddar and Bacon Puffs.

  2. I’ve been making a summer veggie stir fry with zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and onions topped with lots of black pepper and shredded cheese. So yummy and quick to make!

  3. This summer it has been all about pizza’s on the grill! We love that you can change the toppings but one thing is constant…the cheese and lots of it!!

  4. 5 stars
    cheesy smashed potatoes..simple just grill the potatoes then when done smash them put a small pat of butter, salt, bacon and put cheese on top. put back on grill for 5-10 minutes and done

  5. Anything with cheese is tasty, but I really love cheese dip or cheese balls for summer get togethers. They are easy to make, and they are always a hit!

  6. 4 stars
    Fresh tomatoes slices with mozzarella slices on top, sprinkled with basil fresh from the garden, topped with some good balsamic vinegar. The epitome of summer!

  7. Pimento cheese sandwiches. Grated cheese, Miracle Whip and pimento’s. Spread on specialty bread or crackers.

  8. My favorite summertime cheesy dish would be to snack on a plate of apple and cheddar or Swiss chees slices and have a nice tall glass of iced tea on the side.

  9. These look awesome and are perfect for football season!! Nothing goes better with football than bacon and cheese!

  10. I am with you on wanting recipes to taste the same every time you make it! What a fun appetizer for tailgate parties! These look delicious!!!

  11. Very unoriginal here but I love Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Plain or with sliced tomatoes. Or with green chiles. Or with bacon. Or with avocado.

  12. I always have the go to Thursday night pizza party. I go to the farmer’s market to pick up some goat’s cheese and fresh veggies. We then take it from there.

  13. Oooooo…we have really enjoyed caprese salad this summer. I’ve been so proud to have grown tomatoes and basil for the first time this year! Mmmmmm…creamy mozerella and balsamic on top with Trader Joe’s pink himilayan sea salt (cause I feel fancy when I use that!).

  14. My favorite is fresh corn on the cob sliced off the cob with yellow squash sauteed with butter, green chili’s and some yummy cheddar melted after everything else is cooked.

  15. I love extra cheesy nachos! We add all kinds of delicious toppings, but the cheese is always the star!
    Thank you!

  16. There’s nothing like a great cheese and fruit plate for summer, as a self indulgence or for entertaining. Love the taste of a variety of cheese and the sweet lightness of summer’s fresh fruit. Best of all, no cooking or heating up the kitchen!

  17. 🙁 I’m in Los Angeles and sadly there’s no Cracker Barrel here. I first are there a few months ago when I went to visit my friend in Oklahoma. Talk about yummy comfort food!

    On a good note, I have all these ingredients. Can’t wait to make them!

  18. Grilling and cheese seem to go hand-in-hand! I love summer because of all the grilling, and adding cheese to grilled burgers or chicken is like a small slice of heaven. FLAVOR-FILLED!

  19. My favorite is just cheese and crackers. It doesn’t require heating up the kitchen, it works as a lovely appetizer, or paired with a salad a light dinner. It is a favorite around our home.

  20. Grilled cheese. Cheese sauce over veggies. Mac and cheese, cheese and crackers, nachos, and one other that the auto edit won’t let me list.

  21. Since my son and his friends recently completed football’s hell week, I would make them lunch between their two-a-day practices.

    A favorite is Mom’s cheddar cheese skirted burgers.

    Then Mom’s barbecued hot dogs with chili and cheddar cheese.

  22. My favorite cheesy dish is for summer entertaining is Brazilian Cheesebread Puffs. The recipe above looks delicious and I am going to try it next week. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. My favorite cheesy summer dish is bruschetta. I love to melt cheese on the crusty bread and then top them with freshly picked tomatoes!

  24. I make a yummy cheddar and tomato pie and cheddar quiche is always a staple in my fridge because you can eat it for any meal of the day!!

  25. I think my favorite cheesy summer dish is cheesy, buttery, salty popcorn. It’s such a quick dinner/snack (Yes, I eat it for dinner sometimes.) that doesn’t require me to turn on the oven or stove, and it tastes SOOO good.

  26. My favorite cheesy summer dish has to be grilled burgers with cheese – love the smokey taste of the burgers combined with the melted cheese!

  27. favorite cheesy dish would be…cheesy grits. We eat those a lot for breakfast, whether it is summer or school year. they are simple to make, and not a lot of clean up

  28. I absolutely love a cheesy hash brown casserole like the one served at Cracker Barrel – one of my favorite restaurants!

  29. My favorite is cheesy potatoes. They are perfect for having guests to a barbeque, because you can make it up ahead of time, and it doesn’t need immediate refrigeration like mayo based side dishes.

  30. During the summer my favorite cheesy dish is grilled burgers/sliders stuffed with smoky cheddar cheese ..yumm!

  31. homemade grilled pizza on cauliflower pizza crust with basil, tomatoes and goat cheese!!! HAS to be goat cheese. mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

  32. Burgers with lots of melty, gooey cheese. Sharp cheddar, blue, feta, whatever cheese leaped off the shelf and into my cart that week.

  33. My favorite summer dish with cheese is a tortilla on which cream cheese mixed with a bit of garlic powder has been spread, topped with grated cheddar cheese, sprinkled with chopped chives, finely chopped seeded tomatoes, finely chopped peeled/seeded cucumbers. Then roll up, and cup into one inch wedges, secure with a decorative toothpick. Nice cold type finger food. Easy for lunch.

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  35. My favourite is a simple fondue! Just an evening with friends, a good cheese dip and interesting conversation <3

  36. Well, you have my mouth watering looking at the photo of your yummy treats! I like have simple meals with fresh veggies and herbs from the garden-like home-made pizza! Thanks for a chance to win, and have a great day! kmassman gmail

  37. I love to make a taco dip which I layer in this order in a pyrex pie plate. Starting with bottom, spread 8 oz cream cheese, then layer refried beans, then mild salsa and top generously with shredded cheddar cheese. Microwave for 5 mins or so, until cheese ontop is melted. Easy, quick and delicious. We serve tortilla chips with it.

  38. I love a caprese salad with a creamy mozzarella, homegrown tomatoes and basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegarette.

  39. I have to go with loaded, meaty, cheesy nachos! The kind with all the fixings like fresh lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole and more! YUM 🙂

  40. 5 stars
    I love to slice Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheddar cheese into pieces that will fit on different flavored (i.e. Rosemary and Herb) crackers and enjoy the as a quick snack during the summer. I want to try these cheese and bacon puffs.

  41. Grilled cheese sandwiches. Grilled cheese with turkey. Grilled cheese with ham an black pepper. All kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches.

  42. My favorite cheesy summer dish is sprinkling shredded cheese on tortilla chips and heating up in the microwave.

  43. Cheesy rice! I use basmati brown rice mixed with Classico Alfredo and Cracker Barrel white sharp cheddar. I cook it either in a skillet or bake it. I also mix some peas or broccoli in it and it’s fantastic!

  44. My favorite cheesy dish is Mexican Mac n cheese! Its mac n cheese with bell pepper, tomato and asparagus! Yummmmm!

  45. I make a baked dish with summer squash, bread crumbs a couple other ingredients and cheese…. Yummy gooey cheese!

  46. My favorite cheesy dish includes puff pastry sheets and a mixture of cheeses.. We call them ‘pateuri’ in my native country (well technically my parents native country, ince im american born and raised) .. We mix feta, parmesan, sharp cheddar, mozzarella, cottage cheese and eggs… You place it in the center of a square of puff pastry, fold it over and seal the sides by pressing a fork.. Bake in the oven and voila, heaven in your mouth!

  47. My favorite cheesy summer dish is Amish macaroni salad- loaded with cheddar cheese chunks and grated parm. Yum 🙂

  48. 4 stars
    My favorite cheesy Summer dish is pasta salad. I’m talking about tri-color rotini with deli meats and cheeses. It is so delicious and refreshing. It’s definitely a meal in itself.

  49. My favorite cheesy summer dish is basil, tomato, and mozzarella on crustini.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  50. For the summer we like to make Caprese salads with fresh mozzarella and garden ripe tomatoes and just picked basil leaves with good quality olive oil

  51. i love my mom deep fried mac and cheese with her cheese sauce i wish i could share how to make it but i don’t know how

  52. my favorite cheesy dish is macaroni and cheese. i love it with lots of cheese and some bits of ham and bread crumbs on top!

  53. my fav is fondue. it might be associated with winter, but you don’t have to really cook anything, so that’s less time spent standing near the heat of a stove or oven!

  54. My favorite cheesy Summer (Spring, Winter and Fall) dish has to be the original Fannie Farmer Mac & Cheese recipe. Great comfort food, and the best one I’ve ever had!

  55. Absolutely adore some super awesome and amazing cheese and garlic biscuits! Also… I’m a cheese addict, so anything with cheese will do!

  56. 5 stars
    I just made these to serve on Thanksgiving Day, and they are delicious! I love how they can be prepared in advance. I had to hurry and freeze them before my husband gobbled them up. Thanks so much for another terrific recipe!

  57. 5 stars
    this recipe was delicious! the puffs were so fluffy ( i dont like them when they are too dense). thank you so much for sharing, i’ll definitely be keeping this recipe to make these puffs for the times where im craving a carby snack! 🙂

  58. I was so surprised when I bit into these puffs – that is the perfect name for them! They are light as a feather – what a delightful texture! Regrettably I made half a recipe.

  59. Mac and cheese! No wait cheese dip or maybe nachos, cheese burgers, grilled cheese, I could go on and on I just love cheese.