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Cayenne Cheese Straws

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr (includes standing and cooling times)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 50 cheese straws
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One 8-ounce block sharp Cheddar, cold

2 sticks butter 

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 


Special equipment:
a piping bag with 1/4-inch tip, optional
  1. Grate the cheese on the medium holes of a grater to make 4 cups. Cover the grated cheese and leave out with the butter until at room temperature, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. (Note: You need to grate your own cheese here--no pre-grated.)
  2. When ready to make the cheese straws, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  3. Mix the flour, salt, cayenne, mustard and black pepper in a medium bowl.
  4. Put the cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment until fairly smooth. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Check the consistency; it should be just stiff enough to pipe. If not, add a little more flour.
  5. Scrape the dough into a piping bag or resealable plastic bag. Use a 1/4-inch tip or cut a 1/4-inch hole in the plastic bag. Pipe the dough onto the prepared baking sheets in 5- to 6-inch strips. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool on a rack.
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