Cassava Flour is the key to Brazilian pão de queijo. Similar to a French gougère pastry it is made with plenty of cheese, resulting in a pleasantly crispy exterior and airy, chewy interior. Cassava Flour also stands in well for quantities of all-purpose flour in shortbread and cookie recipes.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 10 min

Total time: 30 min

Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes about 2 dozen


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Add butter, milk and salt to large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Slowly stir in Cassava Flour and garlic, stirring constantly until thoroughly mixed. Let rest for 15 minutes.

  3. Stir in cheese and egg until thoroughly combined. Mixture will be somewhat chunky and resemble cottage cheese. Drop mixture by 1/4-cup balls onto ungreased cookie sheet, or drop into muffin tin.

  4. Transfer to oven to bake until lightly browned and cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.