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Cheesy Pastry Puffs

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 40 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 12 to 14 pastry puffs
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Ingredients

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, chilled

1 1/2 cups shredded white Cheddar or mozzarella (6 ounces)

Directions

Special equipment:
3-inch cookie cutters in assorted shapes, such as animals, stars and flowers
  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Crumble the oregano and salt in a small bowl using your hands and set aside. 
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder and butter in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture forms a coarse meal. Add the cheese and 1 tablespoon ice water. Process until the mixture forms into a ball, adding extra water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if needed. On a lightly-floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 10-inch-diameter circle, about 1/4-inch thick. Form the dough into a flat disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  4. Sprinkle the dough with the seasoned salt. Gently roll the salt into the dough using a rolling pin. 
  5. Cut the dough into different shapes using the cookie cutters, and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake until puffed and golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, about 10 minutes.
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