Cheese Straws are something unique to the southern part of the United States! You will find them at showers, teas and receptions. To buy a package of them at a store you will pay about $4.50 for 4-5 servings It was going to cost me about $40 to buy enough cheese straws for a reception last weekend…OUTRAGEOUS! After all I could make them for about $15.
The dough can be made ahead of time and put in the freezer for when you need it.
In a mixer or food processor mix together:
2 cups finely grated sharp cheese
2 sticks of butter
1 t salt
1/8 – 1/4 t cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
Mix until well blended and form into 2 balls (you can freeze these until needed).
then come back through and cut them about 2-3″ long.
Bake on an un-greased baking sheet at 350 for about 7-10 minutes.
They are done when they are just starting to turn golden, do not over bake them.
Let them cool completely on a wire rack.
I’ve had one lady that has called several times just to order cheese straws when her daughter comes home from college to visit…lol.
If you would like more *heat* in your cheese straws just add a little more pepper. You can also use finely chopped rosemary from your herb garden. ;o)
There are a great variety of recipes for cheese straws, just Google them. ;o)