I have been getting a lot of requests for the recipe I use for Cheese Straws. There are many ways of making these I am sure, but for me this is the easiest (and tastiest) recipe. Here goes (pictures of finished straws tomorrow).
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional – add a little more – up to 1/2 teaspoon – according to how spicy you want them to be)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixer/food processor, add the butter, cheese, flour, salt and cayenne and process until a smooth dough is formed.
Scoop it into a cookie press, fitted with a flat ridged tip.
Pipe the dough in 2-inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool. Makes ~ 5 dozen.
Alternate Directions: Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes and roll on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick.
Cut into smaller rectangles, about 2 by 3-inches, with a pizza wheel or sharp knife. Shape the straws by twisting once or twice before baking.
Bake using the original directions.