Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
These are old fashioned cheese straws...they are great munchies.
- 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups plain flour
- 10 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese (I use Cracker Barrel Brand)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Grate cheese, add butter and allow butter and cheese to reach room temp.
- Add cayenne pepper (careful its hot) and flour, and work together with hands until well blended.
- Put dough through a cookie press in desired shapes and bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
They were great, and very easy to make. I added a little salt, too. I mixed the dough in a food processer, and added 2T water at the end to get a more workable dough. Not having a cookie press, I pressed the dough out onto wax paper and cut it into thin strips with a pizza cutter.
I found the dough difficult to work with, the butter perhaps softened too much. I had to refrigerate the dough to be able to roll it. Didn't find the resulting straws to be that light, and it took quite a bit longer for them to cook. Perhaps working with a cookie press makes all the difference?
These are one of my favorite snacks and I made them this holiday season to accompany the bottles of wine we gave as gifts. Be warned %u2013 it is time consuming but well worth it. This recipe is very good just like it is; although on my second batch I added a few sloshes of beer %u2013 not only for the leavening factor, but it went through my pastry press more easily. We like a little %u201Ckick%u201D, so I also added ½ tsp. ground mustard and upped the cayenne by ¼ tsp. Next time, I might add ½ tsp. garlic powder too. Using good quality sharp cheddar cheese is key, and my KitchenAid w/dough hook worked great.