Baked Green Olive Cheese Puffs

I originally made this recipe for a birthday party for my mother-in-law. She loves green olives and I knew she’d enjoy these. I was right. She loved them, and so did everyone else that had some. I’ve since made them countless times as an appetizer when entertaining and even just as a special snack for the six of us.

I’m not ordinarily a big fan of green olives, but I do like them in these puffs. The cheesiness of the dough complements perfectly with the saltiness of the olives. If you, or your children, don’t like green olives, I still recommend the dough as a great snack. It’s rich, buttery and cheesy, and so easy to put together. You could even do some with olives and some without to make everyone happy.

Baked Green Olive Cheese Puffs

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Snack
Keyword: Cheese Puffs


  • 1 1/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 small jar of green olives (you’ll need about 25 – 30)


  • Combine cheese and butter or margarine until smooth. (I find it’s easiest to do this with my hands, although if you have a food processor, that would probably work just as well without being messy.) Work in flour and spices.
  • Using a teaspoon dough, flatten and wrap completely around one olive. (Again, I just do this in my hand.) Repeat until done. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, until golden.

The kids love to help make these too. Sometimes they use the olives and sometimes they just make plain balls of dough for themselves.

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