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Cheese Straws

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 -20 sticks
Author: Based on a recipe from Southern Appetizers


  • 1/2 cup butter plus 1-3 more tablespoons softened
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  • Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place 1/2 cup of the butter in a mixer with the paddle attached.
  • Add 1 cup of the cheese and mix for 5-7 minutes until smooth, scraping down the sides as it goes.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, cayenne, smoked paprika, black pepper and garlic powder.
  • With the mixer still running, slowly add the flour mixture.
  • Add the remaining cheese.
  • Test the consistency of the batter. If it is really thick it might not go thru your cookie press or dessert decorator. If it is too thick, add another tablespoon of the softened butter and mix. Continue until just thin enough to press but not thin and runny.
  • Spoon mixture into your cookie press with a large star tip on the end.
  • Pipe out onto the parchment paper.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and dust with cayenne and smoked paprika, then transfer to a cooling rack.