Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Bread

Brazilian cheese bread (or pão de queijo) is a small gluten-free baked cheese roll eaten for breakfast or as a snack in Brazil. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Brazilian
Keyword brazilian cheese bread, pao de queijo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 40
Calories 52 kcal


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a pan over medium heat, combine oil, water, milk, and salt.  Simmer the mixture.  Then, let cool down a little bit.

  3. Pour warm mixture over the tapioca flour in a large bowl, mixing well with a wooden spoon. Then, wait for the dough cool down. Add the egg and knead well with hands. 

  4. Add the cheese and mix well. The more homogeneous the dough, the better -- but also the more difficult to roll. Let rest for about 15 minutes at room temperature.

  5. Grease your hands with oil before rolling into balls. Use a tablespoon as measurement.  Either freeze them for up to 30 days or bake them for 18-20  minutes or until lightly golden. Serve immediately!

  6. If baking from frozen, baking time will increase to 25-30 minutes. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.