Brazilian Cheese Balls


Brazilian Cheese Balls

Brazilian Cheese Balls
20 Min

A popular Brazilian snack is pão de queijo, or Brazilian Cheese Balls. In our recipe, we bake them till they're lightly crisped and golden on the outside, but still ooey-gooey and pillowy on the inside. These cheesy delights are worthy of a gold medal! 

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 beaten eggs

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring oil, water, milk, and salt to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in flour and garlic until thoroughly combined. Add Parmesan cheese and eggs; mix well. (Mixture will be lumpy.)
  3. Form mixture into 1-1/2-inch balls and place on baking sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until light golden.


  • Because these are made with tapioca flour, they're gluten-free! However, if you're sensitive to gluten, we suggest you check the labels of all your ingredients to make sure they're certified gluten-free. 
  • Never met a cheese we didn't like! Our Cheese Straws are another way to enjoy its savory goodness!

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These are so easy to make and always a huge hit. I've also added complimentary ingredients, such as diced jalapenos, or sprinkling the tops with cheddar cheese before baking, or adding a bit of sifted chocolate powder with the flour. You would be amazed how well the chocolate goes with the parmesan and olive oil. Be careful when adding extra ingredients as it can effect the outcome.

Sorry I have so many questions, but here's another one for you. Just in case, are these good refrigerated and rewarmed?

Hi there! Yes, these can be rewarmed, however they're best served fresh out of the oven. Enjoy!

These look very interesting! I've never had tapioca in anything except tapioca pudding, so I'm anxious to taste these cheese puffs made with tapioca flour. Certainly those needing a gluten free appetizer would be interested in trying these! I don't know how the insides would be gooey though, unless it's from the Parmesan cheese melting. Parmesan and garlic are a perfect duo! I like that these are baked, too. Besides being healthier, it's a lot easier to pop a tray in the oven than to stand at the stove and fry a batch or two or three!

Can I make this with something else other than Tapioca flour? I can't find it in my town.

check out my reply to roseann

We tested the original recipe which called for tapioca flour, so we are unsure of the results if a different flour is used. Try your local grocer or Walmart in the baking aisle or gluten free section.

What is tapioca flour.?

A flour made from ground cassava plant, used for gluten free baking and for thickening.

yum! this recipe was easy to make and wow did they go fast. it's a good thing i took my friend's advice and doubled the recipe, everyone wanted more and more of these tasty things.


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