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Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls

As my fond memories of Brazil grow, so does my appetite for all Brazilian snacks and treats. Brazilian cheese rolls happen to be a real favorite of mine. The last time I passed through Rio, I had some filled with cheese — as well as other types of fillings.  As nostalgia was calling me homeward through food, I found myself preparing these naturally gluten-free  Cheddar filled Brazilian cheese rolls (pão de queijo recheado com cheddar) —which pairs so great with coffee.  How about some cheese rolls?

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pão de Queijo recheado com Cheddar)

Made from basic ingredients such as milk, cheese, vegetable oil, salt, eggs…

Eggs and yolk by Denise Browning --

… and tapioca flour…


… this small baked good is easy and quick to prepare and delivers flavor with every single bite. The best part?  You don’t have to be a great cook to come away like a hero. Mixing the ingredients, cubing the cheese to fill small portions of dough, and then baking is ALL that you have to do.  Pure enjoyment will fill both your mouth and soul!

Cutting cheese and filling Brazilian cheese rolls...

In the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, pão de queijo has been around since the eighteenth century, but its popularity spread to other regions of the country after the 1950’s. I would say that it is one of the most popular snacks in my home country.  It is relatively inexpensive, and often sold on the streets, in snack bars, cafes, airports, bakeries, Brazilian steakhouses, and supermarkets.

And that’s not all! These Cheddar filled Brazilian cheese rolls make a great snack, breakfast, and small party bites. Is there a televised sports event coming up?  Surprise your crowd with these comforting bites and you’ll score major points.

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pão de Queijo recheado com Cheddar)

But if you thought all the commotion about pao de queijo is just limited to Brazil, you’d be dead wrong. Pão de queijo is beloved in several other South American countries and even in Japan, where it is usually made with rice flour instead of tapioca flour.

It is also becoming more and more popular in the USA now through the influence of Brazilian steakhouses (churrascarias). And this is one of those recipes that my American friends have most inquired about. But you know what?  You won’t find them filled with cheese at any churrascaria.

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pão de Queijo recheado com Cheddar)

Believe me, if you enjoy the ones served at Brazilian steakhouses here in the US, you will be totally crazy for our Cheddar filled Brazilian cheese rolls… after all,  they contain the best of two countries: American cheddar on the inside and an exquisite Brazilian dough on the outside. 😉

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls

So grab your cup of coffee and enjoy our finger-licking rolls.

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls (pão de queijo recheado com cheddar)


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Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls
Cheddar filled Brazilian cheese rolls are naturally gluten-free and can be served for breakfast or as a snack or small party bites.
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Rating: 3.75
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Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Votes: 8
Rating: 3.75
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  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven at 350° F (180° C).
  2. Place the tapioca flour in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix the milk, oil, and salt together and bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid mixture into the reserved bowl of flour, stirring well with a wooden spoon. Mix in the egg, and then add the crumbled queso fresco and grated Parmesan. Sprinkle the thyme if desired. Knead the dough for about 2-3 minutes or until homogeneous.
  4. Lightly grease your hands with vegetable oil. Using a tablespoon as measurement, make balls of dough and open an indentation in the center to fill in with a cube of cheddar. Close the dough around the cheese cube, seal tightly, and shape into a round ball, making sure there aren't any gaps where the cheese is exposed.
  5. Place the rolls on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until they begin to lightly brown. Serve while warm accompanied by coffee, guaraná soda, caipirinha, or other beverage of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Minas cheese is used to make Brazilian cheese rolls in Brazil. Because it isn't easily available in the US, I suggested the Mexican queso fresco be used in this recipe since it is the most similar to Minas cheese.


21 Responses to Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls

  1. Shashi at RunninSrilankan January 19, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    I’ve seen Brazilian rolls before and thought they were so decadent looking – only thing better are Brazilian rolls with cheddar! Thanks for sharing this Denise – my daughter would LOVE these as they are gluten free!

  2. Anna @ shenANNAgans January 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    Holy hubcaps… these cheese balls look and sound amazing. Is it traditional that you serve with coffee? I might make some of these beauties for Australia Day celebrations next week, they’d work great with a beer or even champagne I reckon. Great recipe lovely Denise.

    • Denise Browning January 19, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

      Thanks, friend! They go well with any drink of your choice. Beer is a great option too. xx

  3. Chris Scheuer January 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    These sound amazing Denise. What a fun appetizer these would make!

  4. John/Kitchen Riffs January 20, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Wow! These look wonderful. Love cheese. Love bread. Put them together in these rolls? Bliss!

  5. Asha January 20, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    They look cheesy and so good. I’ve heard of these but never made it, this is goooey and yummy.
    Great appetizer.

  6. Deb|EastofEdenCooking January 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    Perfect Super Bowl food! So very scrumptious!

  7. Fran @ G'day Souffle' January 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

    These cheese rolls have an unusual texture- they look almost like eggs with the yolk running out (but I assume it’s the cheese). Pinning this for sure!

  8. Nusrat2010 January 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    A totally new, unique recipe for me! And they are not laborious to make at all 🙂

    Thank you for this detail post … your hardwork and passion show here vividly.

    Hope 2016 is treating you nice and kind.

    Hugs. And hoping to bake those cuties soon 🙂

    • Denise Browning January 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

      Thank you, my dear, for the visit and always kind words. Enjoy!

  9. Little Cooking Tips January 26, 2016 at 1:46 am #

    This is a superb meze! We server tyropitakia in parties which are various cheese-filled dough treats and are extremely popular, so you can imagine how much we’d LOVE to try the Brazilian version filled with cheddar! And the possibilities are endless. Thank you so much for another AMAZING recipe dearest Denise!
    Sending you lots of love from frozen Athens!

  10. Raymund January 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    We have a supermarket frozen version of this dish. I usually just buy them now I know how to make them thanks to you.

  11. Adina January 29, 2016 at 3:25 am #

    So delicious, I have heard of the Brazilian cheese rolls before but never made them myself. I cannot buy tapioca flour around here though (well maybe on the Internet), could I make them with normal flour?

    • Denise Browning January 29, 2016 at 7:21 am #

      Hi, Adina!
      Thank you! I have never made them with all-purpose flour so I’d not know how they would turn out. But I heard they are made with rice flour instead in Japan. I don’t know which country do you live in but we can get obtain tapioca flour at Whole Foods under the brand Bob’s Red Mill, several Asian markets also carry it but under different brands, or online at

      Please, google in your area to check where tapioca flour would be available.

  12. Debora January 29, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Hello. These look amazing!!!! Sera que da pra usar mozzarella invez de cheddar?

    Amo as receitas!!! Bjs

    • Denise Browning February 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

      Debora: Muito obrigada!
      Sim, voce podera usar cubinhos de mozzarella ao inves de cheddar. Bom apetite!

  13. Anna Jekabsone February 10, 2016 at 4:21 am #

    Dear Denise,

    I would really like to try these as party snacks. Any thoughts what could substitute the queso fresco? I’m afraid I won’t find it at our local markets/grocery shops 🙁

    • Denise Browning February 10, 2016 at 7:43 am #

      Hi, Anna! No worries! Parmesan cheese can be used instead. In this case, skip the salt because the Parm cheese already contains a lot of salt. If you freeze the rolls for about 30-60 minutes before baking them, it will also help to soften the dough — and the filling will stay most inside. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!

  14. Janis July 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Oie Denise, para matar as saudades de casa, fui fazer esta receita. Minha massa não ficou nenhum pouco modelavel como a sua 🙁
    Ficou grudenta, como uma cola. Modelei usando duas colheres…Vamos ver,o que será que aconteceu?

    • Denise Browning July 24, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

      Ola, Janis!!! A temperatura da estacao pode alterar as medidas da receita, requerendo mais ou menos polvilho doce. Eh por isso que escrevi na receita para colocar mais polvilho se necessario, de modo a obter uma massa firme o suficiente para enrolar as bolinhas de pao de queijo. Espero que isso ajude! Um abraco.

  15. 2pots2cook July 31, 2017 at 10:20 am #

    So beautiful ! Never tried before : one more reason to do ! Thank you so much !

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