4 cups (16 ounces) shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
How to Make It
Combine cheese and butter; mix well. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and pepper in a large mixing bowl, mixing well. Gradually add flour mixture to cheese mixture, mixing until dough is no longer crumbly. Form dough into a ball.
Use a cookie gun to shape dough into straws, following manufacturer's instructions, or use the following procedure: Divide dough into fourths; roll each portion into a rectangle 1/3- inch thick on waxed paper. Use a pastry wheel to cut dough into 4- x 1/2-inch strips.
Place strips or straws on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with additional paprika. Store straws in airtight containers, placing waxed paper between layers.
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