This makes approximately 100” of straws. They are enticingly savory and fragrant, and are perfect to serve at any type of gathering for a snack or appetizer. Excellent with a football game and a hoppy beer.
1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, cold
½ cup unsalted butter, room-temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 350 F, then grease cookie sheet and set aside. Grate cheese finely, add butter, and beat until well blended. Sift flour, salt, and red pepper, and add to cheese mixture. Mix until dough comes together in a stiff ball. Load dough into a cookie press and use the star or bar tips to press out into long straws, spaced 2” apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 1 minute, then remove from pan to cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Once cool, break straws into desired lengths.
- This recipe can be made very easily in a food processor, using the shredding disk and dough blade. Simple shred the cheese and butter, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with dough blade.
- Straws are the most traditional form, but any of the cookie spritz plates may be used for differently shaped cheese “straws”
- Cheese “straws” can be made without a cookie press. You could refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, then roll and cut out straw shapes or cookies, or you could roll them into 1” balls and flatten on cookie sheet with a fork.