Cheesy Pastry Puffs


12 to 14 pastry puffs
Cheesy Pastry Puffs
¼ teaspoon dried oregano dried oregano leaves¼
¼ teaspoon kosher salt kosher salt¼
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting all purpose flour1 ¼
¼ teaspoon baking powder baking powder¼
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces, chilled unsalted butter1
1 ½ cups shredded white Cheddar or mozzarella (6 ounces) white cheddar cheese6
Special equipment: 3-inch cookie cutters in assorted shapes, such as animals, stars and flowers3-inch cookie cutter1


Cheesy Pastry Puffs
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Crumble the oregano and salt in a small bowl using your hands and set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder and butter in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture forms a coarse meal. Add the cheese and 1 tablespoon ice water. Process until the mixture forms into a ball, adding extra water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if needed. On a lightly-floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 10-inch-diameter circle, about 1/4-inch thick. Form the dough into a flat disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle the dough with the seasoned salt. Gently roll the salt into the dough using a rolling pin.

Cut the dough into different shapes using the cookie cutters, and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake until puffed and golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, about 10 minutes.
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