Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 8 tablespoons 120ml Butter

  2. 1/2 lb 227g / 8oz Sharp cheddar cheese - or blue cheese

  3. 1 3/4 cups 109g / 3.8oz Flour

  4. Salt - to taste

  5. 1/2 Cayenne pepper - more or less

  6. 1 teaspoon 5ml Worcestershire sauce

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.

  2. Put the butter and cheese in the container of a food processor. Add the flour, salt, cayenne, and Worcestershire. Cover and blend thoroughly. If a food processor is not used, put the flour, salt and cayenne in a bowl. Add the butter, cheese, and Worcestershire, and using two knives or a pastry blender, blend thoroughly.

  3. Use a cookie press outfitted with a houndstooth or star dispenser. Push the dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet to make individual straws. Or, if desired, roll the dough out to a 1/8-inch thickness and cut it into individual strips, which can be twisted if desired, or other shapes. Arrange the pieces on 1 or 2 ungreased baking sheets.

  4. Place the baking sheet or sheets in the oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until the straws are crisp and lightly browned. If you wish a darker color let them cook longer. Remove and let cool. Makes about 6 dozen.

  5. Author's Note: Since my earliest childhood, I have had what amounts to a passion for cheese straws, particularly those with a tangy bite that comes not from the cheese but from a touch or more of cayenne. The source of the recipe given here for those straws is Charlie Swayze, Sr., a family friend of many years from Greenwood, Mississippi.


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