Cheese Straws

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

A rich and savory snack, Cheese Straws deliver a mild kick with each bite. Make a batch of Cheese Straws for a party, or serve these cheesy favorites with soup or salad.


Yield: Yields: 5 dozen 3-inch straws (serving size: 1 3-inch straw)
Cost per Serving: $0.07
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Prep Time:
Chill: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 40
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 3g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Sodium: 35mg


  • 2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar (about 8 oz.), at room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into large pieces, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a food processor, process cheese and butter until smooth and creamy, stopping machine and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add flour, salt and cayenne and pulse until mixture forms a soft, pliable dough.
  2. 2. Transfer dough to a large pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe 3-inch-long straws onto ungreased baking sheets. Alternatively, place dough in a large ziplock bag, snip off a corner and pipe 3-inch or longer straws (the latter will yield fewer straws) and twist decoratively. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Bake until straws are lightly browned around edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets.
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