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This Southern Cheese Straw Recipe is Simple to Bake

Love cheese straws but don't have a cookie press? Use this technique to make the crispest cheese crisps at the party.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese or extra sharp cheddar
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Optional


  • Pre-heat over to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the food processor, combine flour, shredded cheese, butter salt, pepper, and paprika. With the processor running, slowly add in the whole milk until a dough forms.
  • Method 1: If you have a cookie press, attach the star tip and pipe the dough into straight lines on the pan. Cut into 4 inch pieces.
  • Method 2: Put the dough into a gallon size ziplock bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Gently squeeze the dough into straight lines on your baking sheet. Cut into 4 inch pieces.
  • Method 3: Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on the baking sheet. Chill in the fridge for one hour. After chilling, cut the dough into 4 inch pieces.
  • Bake the cheese straws for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool, then store in an airtight container.