Zesty Cheese Straws

Total Time:
45 min
30 min
15 min

5 dozen

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

In a food processor, add the butter, cheese, flour, salt and cayenne and process until a smooth dough is formed. Scoop it into a cookie press, fitted with a flat ridged tip. Pipe the dough in 2-inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. (Alternatively, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes and roll on a lightly floured surface into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut into smaller rectangles, about 2 by 3-inches, with a pizza wheel or sharp knife.) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool.

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Good recipe, everything came together nicely. I creamed the cheese and butter with my hand mixer and worked the flour in by hand, kneading until it was a soft ball of dough. I tried to pipe this through a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, but it took Herculean effort. So I ended up pushing pieces of dough through wilton 1M by hand to form the straws. They taste like cheez-its! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You need to bake them at 425 for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. Also, when mixing, you need to pulse the death of them to get the smooth dough. I like to add a touch of ground mustard and black pepper. Not too much. Happy cooking! item not reviewed by moderator and published
No luck with this recipe AT ALL! Is there an ingredient missing? The dough was very dry and didn't stick together so that it could be rolled or piped-I ended up hand rolling into small cheese balls and baking for 15 mins so the ingredients would not be wasted. I can probably use the cheese balls as a type of dumpling on chicken pot pie or shepherd's pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a very good basic recipe, though i think the baking time needs to be longer, around 17 minutes for crispier product. i like to make in three batches and use different toppings on each one: paprika, grated parmesan (very good), and finely grated cheddar cheese--all on top. it makes a good variety of different flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great, and it's my go to recipe everytime. Everybody loves these! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great flavor, but I can't get them to come out crispy. I have tried this recipe a couple of times, even left them in the oven longer. What am I doing wrong??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe !!! This was my first time making cheese straws . I rolled them out about an 1/8 of a inch thick and used a small star cookie cutter. They turned out great and tasted great too !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I pretty much followed this recipe, only adding 1/2 tsp colemans mustard powder, a beaten egg & a splash of milk. I did this as these few ingredients were mentioned in other recipes. They were really tasty cheese straws & sprinkling abit of extra cheese on top when popping in the oven, made them even cheesier......lovely xx item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! Easy to make and easy to modify seasonings for more savory tastes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe. Just like I remember from the bakery when I was a kid. Tonight I'm trying adding a little garlic powder to the dough. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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