1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and softened
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon half-and-half
How to Make It
Combine first 5 ingredients in a food processor; pulse in 5-second intervals until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add half-and-half, and process 10 seconds or until dough forms a ball.
Turn dough out onto a well floured surface, and roll into an 8- x 10-inch rectangle (about 1/8 inch thick). Cut dough with a sharp knife into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-wide strips, dipping knife in flour after each cut to ensure clean cuts. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until ends are slightly browned. Cool on baking sheets on a wire rack 30 minutes. Break into desired lengths.
Note: To make cheese rounds, roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness, and cut with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake and cool as directed. Freeze baked cheese straws or rounds in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic freezer bag up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.
I thought this recipe was so-so. My fiance thought this recipe was great and it tasted like a "grown up Cheez-it." I did not use a food processor for this recipe - instead, I used a pastry cutter. I felt like the amount of half and half left the batter a bit dry, so I added some more. All in all, it was fairly easy to make and is something to keep in mind if I were to serve an appetizer of if they'd be a nice compliment to a soup (tomato, perhaps?).
At least a couple of my people agreed these are similar to Cheez-Its. Not dry and great cheddar flavor. Perhaps a previous reviewer bought a bag of shredded cheese instead of shredding the cheese at home from a brick. It does make a difference and accounts for the "dry" complaint. I will sometimes change up the flavoring with different herbs and spices. Good as is though.
We love this recipe so much we had to triple the ingredients. This will be a recipe that we want to share with our family as a "must have." I think the kids will have fun making them and sharing them with their friends.
I changed this recipe a bit. I added 1 tsp of fresh finely minced rosemary and 1 tsp of crushed chilli pepper flakes and ground them up in the food processor with the flour prior to adding the rest of the ingredients. I used MILK instead of half and half. I also baked them for an additional 5 minutes using a convection oven. They turned out crispier and very flavorful. I served them at a BBQ and everyone loved them.
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