Go Back
+ servings
cheese twists on plate in pile
Print Recipe Pin
4.75 from 4 votes

Cheese Twists

Puff pastry Cheese Twists are a great choice for your next get-together. Flaky, cheesy, crispy and easy to make ahead as an appetizer. And very popular!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings (change as needed): 48 twists (or 24 longer twists)
Author: Cheryl


  • 1 package store-bought puff pastry dough (2 sheets)
  • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup finely grated cheese (gruyere, Parmesan, cheddar or any combination)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme or rosemary (optional)


  • Preheat over to 375F
  • PREPARE CHEESE TWISTS: Unroll the two sheets of puff pastry dough onto a lightly floured cutting board or parchment paper. Each sheet should be about 10 x 12 inches (stretch a bit if needed). In a small bowl, mix together water, egg, salt and mustard powder mustard. Lightly brush this egg wash on the puff pastry sheets. Sprinkle on the cheese and thyme (if using) evenly. Press down gently with the heel of your hand (or a rolling pin) to make the cheese stick to the dough. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut first sheet into about 12 strips. Also cut the strips in half if you want shorter twists and twice as many. Repeat with 2nd sheet of dough.
  • BAKE: Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Twist each strip into a corkscrew and lay it on the pan. Repeat until all strips have been twisted. Leave a little space (about 1/2 inch) between each twist as they will expand a bit. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese twists are golden brown. Turn half way through for more even browning.


To Make Ahead, Store and Freeze: Cool cheese twists completely, then store in a sealed container or ziploc bag. May be frozen and reheated at 350F for a few minutes.
Nutrition values are estimates.
Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg