Cheese Straws

This retro appetizer seems to be making a foodie come back, or at least seems to be enjoying renewed popularity among foodies in the south. Do note, cheese straws in those bags, taste nothing like homemade, at all.

In the south, no real wedding would be complete without some cheese straws. If you are well-behaved, you may be able to con someone into making some for you, without having to get married.

Cheese Straws

2 cups butter
1 lb grated sharp cheddar cheese
4 C sifted flour
2 tsps. salt
cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking sheet. Blend butter and cheese together until creamy. Add flour, salt, and cayenne pepper to taste. Blend well. Roll dough to about 1/4″ thickness, score with fork and cut into 1″ by 3 or 4″ strips (or pop the dough into your cookie press and use the ribbon tip). Yep, you can cut them into other shapes instead, but WHY? Bake 8-10 minutes. If you have any left after cooling…store in a tightly sealed container, preferably a cookie tin.
Warning: This produces a highly addictive product.


  1. I like cheese straws! I want cheese straws! I am hungry! Come home and make me some. Ummm wait, cookie press? Do we own a cookie press? What exactly is a cookie press?

  2. I’ve never had cheese straws. I don’t know if I’d like them. I tend not to like cheesy baked things like this. Piper would probably like them though. 😉

    Denise – a cookie press is a pain in the butt to clean. I don’t own one (not being a cookie-type) but I know people who do.

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