Cheese Straws

by byn on September 13, 2011

in Appetizers

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Lately I’ve been obsessed with the blog Ezra Pound Cake; Rebecca lives in Nashville and blogs about all kinds of delicious Southern food, plus healthy ideas to balance everything out. When clicking around her website for ideas for a Southern style appetizer for my little dinner party, I came across these Cheese Straws. Homemade Cheese-Its? SOLD.

Cheese Straws

Source: Ezra Pound Cake


1 1/2 cups (about 4 oz) grated cheddar cheese

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened, but into 4 pieces

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (you can increase or decrease this based on your tolerance for heat)

1 tbsp cream or milk


  1. In a food processor, combine cheese, butter, flour, salt and red pepper flakes, and process in 5-second pulses until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  2. Add cream or milk, and process until the dough comes together in a ball.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough (try for a square, if you can’t get there, no big deal) until it’s 1/8″ thick.
  4. With a floured knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into long strips, 1/4″ to 1/2″ wide.
  5. Tranfer strips to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and leave about 1/4″ between each one. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, and cool. Serve at room temperature.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan May 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

These just look great!


Kristine October 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm

i would have taken the rest home… but unfortunately everyone gobbled them up! (see above!)


Alexis September 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

i think i ate about 10 of these babies! so tasty!


frugalfeeding September 14, 2011 at 5:08 am

I love cheese straws, so yummy and… well… cheesy. These look perfect!


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