10 Cheese Straw Recipes

For a chic appetizer alternative, try cheese straws. We've got flavors ranging from olive-blue cheese to bacon-smoked paprika.

  • Basic Cheese Straw Dough
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Basic Cheese Straw Dough

    Start with this Basic Cheese Straw Dough then and let your imagination run wild with shapes and flavors.
  • Parmesan-Basil-Cheddar Stars
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Parmesan-Basil-Cheddar Stars

    Give cheddar cheese straws a facelift with these sweet, star-shaped "straws" that combine the savory Mediterranean flavors of parmesan and basil.
  • Pecan-Rosemary-Cheddar Buttons
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Pecan-Rosemary-Cheddar Buttons

    Nutty pecans and earthy rosemary combine to create a robust riff on the average cheddar cheese straw.
  • Olive-Blue Moons
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Olive-Blue Moons

    These cheddar crescents pack a salty punch from the Spanish olives but have a cooling finish from blue cheese.
  • Pimiento Cheese Squares
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Pimento Cheese Squares

    A Southern staple, pimento cheese makes its debut in cheese straw, or rather, cheese square form. Serve them as an appetizer at your next Southern-inspired soiree.
  • Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars

    Sharp cheddar cheese gets a warming welcome from the smokey flavors of bacon and paprika.
  • Lemon-and-Black-Pepper Cheese Straws
    Blair Rumley

    Lemon-and-Black-Pepper Cheese Straws

    Cheese straws have never been easier. Add parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and black pepper to frozen puff pastery for an instant elegant take on cheese straws.
  • Cheddar-and-Black Sesame Cheese Straws
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Cheddar-and-Black Sesame Cheese Straws

    Black sesame seeds give these cheddar cheese staws a bold look, while Dijan mustard gives them a bold taste.
  • Spicy Cheddar Long Straws
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Spicy Cheddar "Long" Straws

    These spicy straws will are an elegant addition to an appetizer table. Serve them in silver cups or on silver trays.
  • Blue Cheese and Chive Straws
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Sang An; Styling: Christina Wressel

    Blue Cheese and Chive Straws

    At only 47 calories per straw, these Blue Cheese and Chive Staws are an easy and slimming appetizer. Make up to two days ahead, and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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