These Garlic Parmesan Puffs are bite-sized squares of flaky puff pastry, generously topped with a blend of garlic salt, paprika, and finely grated parmesan cheese. Then, they are baked until puffed up and golden. They are such an addicting snack or appetizer! I am planning to make a batch for movie night this weekend–they are a perfect alternative to popcorn! For more tasty snacks, check out my Sourdough Crackers and Homemade Pretzel Bites, too!

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Garlic Parmesan Puffs Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Puff Pastry: I used two sheets of frozen puff pastry (1 box), thawed according to package instructions. This recipe is meant to be easy, but if you feel motivated, you can make homemade puff pastries from my Apple Turnovers recipe.
  • Seasoned Egg Mixture: An egg is mixed with garlic salt and paprika. Then, it’s brushed over the puff pastries for flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated parmesan cheese will give you the most flavor as compared to pre-grated or packaged varieties.
Close up of Garlic Parmesan Puffs.

Can I Prepare Garlic Parmesan Puffs Ahead Of Time?

Sure! Once you have the puff pastries brushed with the egg mixture and cut into squares, place them onto a lined baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Then, they are ready to bake when you are ready to snack! You can also freeze the unbaked puffs; they will last in the freezer for up to 2 months. Then, bake right from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Bowl of Garlic Parmesan Puffs on a wooden table.

Flavor Variations For Garlic Parmesan Puffs

These puffs are bite-sized, but there are a few variations you could try to customize your garlic parmesan puffs. Here are a few options you could try:

  • Cheeses: Mix a small amount of shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese with the parmesan.
  • Herbs: Finely chop basil, oregano, or rosemary and mix a small amount into the cheese mixture or sprinkle on top.
  • Vegetables: Finely chop a few sun-dried tomatoes or a small amount of spinach and mix into the cheese mixture.
  • Protein: Add a small amount of finely chopped bacon bits or ham to the cheese mixture.

Some delicious flavor combinations could be spinach and parmesan, bacon and cheddar, or sun-dried tomato and basil. Let me know how your ‘experiments’ go if you try the puffs with other ingredients and flavors!

Hand holding one Garlic Parmesan Puff.

How To Store Garlic Parmesan Puffs

To store garlic parmesan puffs, first, let them cool to room temperature. Next, store the puffs in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You could also refrigerate them for up to 5 days. Reheat them in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes, or until warm and crispy.

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Garlic Parmesan Puffs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Indulge in the deliciousness of Garlic Parmesan Puffs. These addictive bite-sized treats are perfect for movie night or as a tasty snack or appetizer!


  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed according to package instructions
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ cup (75 g) parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • parsley, chopped for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Lay puff pastry sheets out onto a cutting board.
  • To a medium bowl, add the egg, garlic salt, and paprika. Whisk to combine.
  • Brush the egg mixture evenly over both puff pastry sheets.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan cheese equally over the sheets.
  • Using a sharp knife or pizza wheel, cut the puff pastry sheets into 1-inch squares.
  • Arrange the puff pastry squares on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about ½ inch apart.
  • Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


These puffs are golden brown and fluffy with just the right amount of garlic and cheese. Perfect for snacking or as an appetizer.


These are addicting, so be aware! I would have liked a bit more garlic flavor, but they were still great! And, super easy to make!


These are easy to snack on. But, I would add more parmesan next time.


Love these puffs! The combination of garlic and parmesan is always a winner, and they come out perfectly golden and crisp.


These puffs are addictive! The garlic and parmesan flavors are balanced well, and the texture is spot on.

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