Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is my mother's recipe for delish spicy cheese straws. They are wonderful and savory with a kick of spice! They last for months in a sealed container. They make a great snack or hors dourves.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 14 cups butter (melted)
  • 3 lbs sharp cheddar cheese (finely shredded, bring to room temperature)
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 12 teaspoons ground red pepper (adjust to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave.
  3. Combine warm butter, salt, red pepper and room temperature cheese in a food processor.
  4. Add in flour and blend until mixed well.
  5. Press thru star shaped cookie press in a continuous ribbon onto a non-stick cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 20 minutes until slightly crusty(depending on oven).


Most Helpful

I halved the recipe and it still made a ton, about 4 dozen. I added a teaspoon of garlic powder for extra flavor and because I'm a garlic fanatic. The dough was a little too stiff to come out of my cookie press so rolled it by hand into small balls and flattened them into wafers. They came out crispy and delicious. This recipe is a keeper. Definitely part of my holiday baking this year.

Krystal M. October 07, 2009

This is the best classic cheese straw recipe. I made these for Christmas and used a cookie press with the Christmas Tree disk and several other shapes...they turned out beautifully! This recipe makes a ton. I had three gallon ziploc baggies full. I will definately be using this recipe again and again! Enjoy!

starr_1017 January 03, 2008

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