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Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

These gluten-free Brazilian cheese breads are easy to make and super delicious! They are great appetizers or snacks for gatherings, including of course Olympic parties!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Bread, Snack
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 20 pieces
Calories 79 kcal


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups tapioca flour/starch (I use Bob’s Red Mill brand)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ounces finely grated cheese (I use a combination of mozzarella and Pecorino-Romano)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Combine water, milk, oil, and salt in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, put the tapioca starch in a medium bowl. In another bowl grate the cheese and whisk it together with the eggs.
  • When the milk mixture comes to a boil, pour it over the starch and beat it vigorously with a wooden spoon until you have a cohesive, thick gelatinous paste. Let it cool completely.
  • When cool, transfer it to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the cheese/egg mixture and beat on medium-high for about 90 seconds until the mixture is smooth. It will be very sticky and stretchy.
  • Spoon roughly 2-tablespoon-sized quantities (I use a 1 1/2 tablespoon sized small cookie/ice cream scoop to portion) onto 1 to 2 parchment lined-sheet pans and bake 30 to 40 minutes until golden and puffed (if you are using two sheet pans, rotate them from front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking). Eat warm.

Notes & Nutrition

Servings 20.0 * calories 79 * Total Fat 4 g * Saturated Fat 1 g * Monounsaturated Fat 1 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 21 mg * Sodium 114 mg * Potassium 13 mg * Total Carbohydrate 9 g * Dietary Fiber 0 g * Sugars 0 g * Protein 1 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*