Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

Tasty little morsels from a collection of Paula Deen's recipes featured in the Nov 09 issue of Good Housekeeping. Cheese straws must have been the inspiration for Cheez-Its (which I happen to love). These are cheesy, buttery, and delicious. A nice savory little treat, and very simple. Prep time does NOT include time needed to bring cheese to room temperature.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter and cheese until well blended at medium speed.
  3. Add flour and cayenne pepper, and beat in well, for 5 minutes, or until VERY creamy.
  4. Put mixture into pastry bag or cookie press that is fitted with a star tip.
  5. Pipe 5-inch long strips about 1-inch apart from each other onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake ONE COOKIE SHEET AT A TIME, 18-20 minutes until lightly golden.
  7. Put the pastry bag/cookie press into the fridge or freezer while each tray is cooking. Otherwise, the butter and cheese gets too soft, and you get cheese "crackers" instead of straws!
  8. Cool each tray for 5 minutes, (I prepare the next tray while they are cooling) then move the cooled straws to a wire rack.
  9. Keeps well in air-tight containers.