Pão de Queijo (Gluten-Free Cheese Bread)

Pão de Queijo is a small cheesy roll, and is a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. They’re also great served alongside your favorite stew or roast.

Serves: 24Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 24


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cups tapioca starch
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1⁄2 cups grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Combine milk, oil, and salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk occasionally, and bring to a slow boil over medium heat. Once you see large bubbles, remove pan from heat.
  • Add tapioca starch to saucepan; stir until well combined. Dough should have a gelatinous texture.
  • Transfer dough to bowl of stand mixer with a paddle attachment. At medium speed, beat dough for 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth.
  • Whisk eggs together in a small bowl. On medium speed, add eggs slowly to dough. Use a spatula to scrape down any dough stuck to sides of bowl.
  • Add cheese and beat on medium speed until fully incorporated. Dough should be very sticky, stretchy, and soft.
  • Use a tablespoon measure or ice cream scoop to make rounded balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Space balls of dough 1 to 2 inches apart. Dip your fingers in a bowl of olive oil to keep dough from sticking to your hands.
  • Place in oven. Turn down heat to 350°F. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Remove once outsides are dry and are just starting to color. You’ll see orange flecks of color.