Solar Cheese Puffs

Are you ready for a far-out, cheesy treat! These homemade Solar Cheese Puffs are simple to make and they’re also packed with flavor. Serve them as a finger food at picnics, birthday parties, or potlucks — or pack them in your little one’s lunchbox for a crunchy midday snack.

Makes:

About 40 crackers

Hands-on time:

10 minutes

Start-to-eat time:

25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup shredded cheese blend (or cheese of choice)
  • flour, for dusting
  • black pepper (optional)

Kids kitchen skills:

  • rolling
  • cutting shapes
  • baking

Tools:

  • measuring cups & spoons
  • star cookie cutter (1 1/2-inch)
  • rolling pin
  • baking sheets & oven mitts
  • parchment paper
  • pastry brush

Step-by-step

Grown-up steps
  1. Heat the oven to 355° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a clean, floured surface.
  3. Using a 1 1/2-inch star shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes in the puff pastry and space them out evenly on 1 or 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.
  4. Brush a thin layer of egg wash over the puff pastry, and sprinkle the cheese evenly on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, and share!

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