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Serve these at your next cocktail party and see why classics never go out of style.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 12 servings


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup bleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 pound GruyËre cheese, grated


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

    In a large saucepan, combine the milk, butter, salt, and black pepper over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat, add the flour, and, with a wooden spoon, stir briskly for about 1 minute to incorporate. Return to the heat and continue stirring for 1 minute over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the cheese and beat until it is incorporated and a slightly soft dough forms.  

    Drop the dough by the spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet to form a ring (about 12 to 14 spoonfuls). Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.