Tuesdays with Dorie: Cottage Cheese Pufflets

September 22, 2009


[Edited to add: Yes, they really were tiny. My hands aren’t petite, but they aren’t gigantic man hands either!]

I was looking forward to making these because it sounded like an old-fashioned recipe, and it has a really cute name. This is a cookie with cottage cheese in the dough (not so strange if you consider that there are doughs with sour cream and with cream cheese), which is filled with jam, or whatever filling you desire. I’m sorry to say that this dough got the better of me. I can usually get along with a mostly-butter dough that gets soft quickly, but this dough was just so darn sticky. It stuck to the wax paper, the silpat, the cookie sheet, the spatula, and, of course, my hands. I chilled it but then it got so brittle that it broke when I folded it over to tuck in the jam.

So I leave you with one photo, which is of the best cookie in the bunch. Jacque hosted this week, so head over to Daisy Lane Cakes to see the recipe, and take a gander at some of the other TWD Bakers to see how they fared. You can also find the recipe on page 148 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.

On a brighter note, Jennifer at Cooking for Comfort and The Kitchen Reader sent me the Lovely Blog award. Thanks Jennifer!



  1. I’m sorry that this dough was not well behaved for you!!!! These little pufflets were delicious, though.:)

    You’re quite welcome for the award.:) You’re such a great blogging friend!!!

  2. Oh my it’s so tiny! Or is that photo deceiving? I didn’t attempt them this week, too busy with work 😦

  3. I have put these off for two days – the dough is still chilling….. I am “afraid” of the dough but am, eventually, hoping for the best!

    Thanks for sharing – I hope you at least enjoyed the end result!

  4. Ciao ! I hope you enjoied what came out of them !!

  5. Well, bummer, but you did get a nice photo of the flakiness of the cookie! I didn’t use any of the things you mentioned, just a very well floured counter and they didn’t stick, but I had to work very quickly to get them on the baking sheet!
    Great job, Jill!

  6. Yeah, I wrestled with this one too – and although they were good, I probably won’t make them again.

  7. How cute… they look like Barbie food! Ahhhh… it would have been so nice to have you around when I was young, and making pretend to have tea time with dolls… perfect size, Jill!

  8. Bummer that these were so hard to make! After hearing your story, I’m glad I sat them out. I hope they at least tasted good!

  9. It looks good! I had a time with the dough too. It’s one that I will not make again unless someone does it for me..then I’ll eat them!

  10. Hi Jill, I am with you 100% on this one! Very hard dough to work with that didn’t justify the end result – sorry Dorie!

  11. Yep, I can attest, these are tiny cookies. I did, however, love the taste and since they were small, I felt like I could take two! Each time. LOL! Love the inside shot of that cookie!

  12. Those are the smallest ones I’ve seen. I like Kayte’s idea about eating two. Like using your hand for perspective.

  13. I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with your dough, but at the same time, I’m glad to know that I didn’t do something horribly wrong to make mine so darn sticky! Your tiny little cookie looks good!

  14. I had trouble with my dough also. But, the pufflets were delicious.

  15. aww what a cute pufflet!! I agree it was so hard to work with…you have to chill it and then take it out and let it soften so it doesn’t break when folded but before it gets so soft it sticks everywhere!!! very frustrating but worth it to me 🙂

  16. I like how you took a picture to show the size, I used Dorie’s suggested 2 1/4 measurement and they were tiny!

  17. I love the edit to your picture. It made me laugh. This dough was a nightmare. They were yummy though.

  18. Now that is one dainty pufflet! This dough seemed to give a lot of people fits. I must have done something wrong, used too much flour or something, because I don’t believe it gave me any trouble. I’m usually in the TWD minority in HAVING trouble, not in the minority in not having trouble. In any case, I think your pufflet is adorable, and I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

  19. Pretty, tiny cookie.

    Fussy dough. Pretty good taste, but not a keeper.

    Thanks for coming by for a visit.

  20. Don’t get me wrong – they were (are) delicious – just not worth the extra work and fuss! You make them look minute! 🙂 Minute, but good! Glad to know I wasn’t the only one fighting with this recipe! I think we are the “majority”! Nicely done Jill!

  21. Mine ended up about this size too, and strangely enough, I took a picture just like that (but I didn’t post it on my blog, I thought about it though). These were frustrating little buggers, but at least we can check it off the list. 🙂

  22. I think you’re right that this was supposed to be an old fashioned dessert like the rugelach. Maybe none of us used enough flour, maybe our palates are just too different from when this recipe was devised. On to better things next week!

  23. LOL, yours look perfect for a doll party. Sorry they gave you a hard time… it was a challenging recipe that’s for sure.

    Thanks for joining in this week 🙂

  24. They are so tiny and so cute! I have a hard time with the dough too. But, the pufflets was delicious. Great job!

  25. I love these tiny little cookies!!

  26. super tiny! so cute

  27. Aw, cute petite cookie! (Way better than giant man hands.) Seems like most of us has trouble with the dough, but at least they turn out tasting okay, right?

  28. They look so innocent and cute, but we know they’re little trouble makers. I’m glad you won the battle with yours!

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