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Puff Pastry Cheese Stars

Puff Pastry Cheese Stars are an easy snack that anyone can make. They are buttery and flakey and topped with just the right amount of baked cheese.
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Course: Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy appetizer, easy appetizer, holiday appetizer
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 start
Author: Laura Franco


  • 2 sheets 1 box of Puff Pastry Sheets
  • 2 TBS four - for dusting countertop
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Spread 1 TBS flour on the countertop and on the rolling pin.
  • Use a cookie cutter or small knife to cut desired shapes and place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  • Brush the shapes with egg whites.
  • Sprinkle with both shredded cheese and then parmesan cheese.
  • Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 17-20 minutes.


  1. Buy puff pastry when it's on sale. Store it in the freezer. To thaw, place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Don't rush this because you want to be able to unfold the pastry easily.
  2. You can thaw frozen puff pastry at room temperature but you need to watch it closely because it still needs to be cool but thawed enough that you can unfold it without cracking.
  3. If you are using a cookie cutter or a paring knife to puff pastry, make sure they are sharp. A dull cookie cutter or knife will tear the pastry.
  4. If the dough seems sticky or too warm after you cut the stars, chill them in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or while you preheat your oven.
  5. Make sure that you brush the top with an egg white. One of my best tips for egg whites, is it use the store-bought container of egg whites. That way you are only using a little at a time and not wasting an entire egg.