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These delicious Cheese Straws are from a treasured family recipe that is simple to make! Loaded with cheese and perfect for serving at parties, cheese straws are a classic Southern delicacy!
In addition to these decadent cheese straws, other scrumptious cheese recipes like Pimento Cheese and a Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball are favorites to enjoy at your next gathering!
My delicious cheese straw recipe is a treasure that has been enjoyed for generations in my family and shared with me by my mother long ago. They are seriously the best cheese straws I’ve ever tasted and are always a hit at parties, showers, and holiday gatherings! Full of rich cheese and a few simple ingredients, they are formed with a cookie press, baked in the oven, and ready in about 30 minutes!
Cheese Straws Recipe
I loved to watch my mama make these golden crispy treats. I’d perch on a barstool so I was tall enough to watch the magic happen as she mixed these and then began to press from her cookie press onto baking sheets. Sometimes, they’d become a bit squiggly as she’d make them, the cheesy dough deciding the shape it would take rather than staying in a straight line.
Usually, Mama would make her cheese straws before a big family shower, reunion, or a special holiday meal – like Easter or Christmas. They are truly special and delicious – and the aroma of these beauties baking in the oven is purely divine. I can’t wait for you to try them. Here’s how I make them.
How to Make Cheese Straws
To make these, you’ll need:
- sharp cheddar cheese – I recommend grating the cheese yourself for the best results. Store-bought shredded cheese usually has a coating to prevent the cheese from clumping together in the package, which makes the cheese not blend together as well as cheese that is freshly shredded from a block of cheese.
- butter – softened to room temperature
- flour – this recipe uses all-purpose flour
- salt and pepper
- Spices – This recipe uses cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. These spices are delicious in these cheese straws.
Preheat and Prep
Preheat the oven and line the baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick silicon baking sheets. Set aside.
Shred Your Cheese
You can easily shred your cheese in a food processor or with a box grater, but I definitely recommend shredding your own cheese instead of using store-bought shredded cheese, as mentioned earlier.
Add the instructed amount of shredded cheese into the bowl of a stand mixer and cream with the butter until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency, about 5-10 minutes.
Then in another large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Then add the flour mixture into the cheese mixture by large spoons full, making sure to fully incorporate the ingredients after each addition.
Finally, once all the flour mixture and cheese mixture are smoothly combined, stir in the final amount of grated cheddar cheese.
Pipe the dough
Put the dough into a cookie press or large piping bag fitted with a large star piping tip. Slowly pipe strands of cheese straw dough onto baking sheets. Then, cut into 6-inch lengths.
Bake and Serve
Bake cheese straws as directed until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
These cheese straws taste the absolute best the day they are made. But they will remain fresh for up to 3 days when stored in an airtight container.
Note – these are very delicate. It’s important to remember that these cheese straws may break easily. That’s part of the charm of this favorite delicacy.
Make sure the cheese straws have completely cooled before storing. As they are extremely delicate and may break easily, they should be carefully layered on parchment paper in an airtight container. They should remain fresh for up to 3 days when stored in this manner.
Cheese Straws – Southern Party Treat
Rich, decadent Cheese Straws and the South go hand-in-hand. And when they are as scrumptious as these are, they most definitely get requested often for parties, holidays, and celebrations! But they are easy enough to make any time just because.
This crisp cheesy delicacy is so perfect for holidays. They are impressive on any holiday table and are always a crowd favorite. Cheese straws are great on an Easter table alongside Deviled Eggs and taste delicious with Chicken Salad and other favorite dishes for a Mother’s Day luncheon.
I love to serve cheese straws along with other crowd-favorite foods when having parties, bridal and baby showers, and tailgates. They are perfect with dessert bars, cakes, cookies, salads, and more for showers and parties. And they’ve gotten devoured at every tailgate for which I’ve made them too. Cheese straws are a southern classic!
I enjoy making these now and had fun making them with my son when he was little, just as my mama did with me. It’s great to make memories while cooking and baking. Those memories are some of my very favorites.
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Here’s my recipe for cheese straws. I hope you love it as much as we do.
Cheese Straws Recipe
- Food Processor or box grater
- 1/2 pound sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- pinch garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick silicon baking sheets. Set aside.
- Grate cheddar cheese and place all but 1 cup into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add butter and cream butter and cheese together until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency, about 5-10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper and garlic powder. Gradually add flour mixture into cheese and butter mixture by large spoons full, taking care to fully incorporate after each addition.
- Once all flour has been incorporated and dough is smooth, stir in final cup of grated cheddar cheese.
- Place portions of dough into cookie press or large piping bag fitted with large star piping tip. Slowly pipe long strands of cheese straw dough onto prepared baking sheets about 1 – 1 1/2-inches apart. Then, cut into 6-inch lengths.
- Bake cheese straws for 10-12 minutes, until edges just begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container, layering between parchment paper to keep fresh.
- Best eaten the day they are made, but will keep up to 3 days in an airtight container.
- Note that cheese straws are extremely delicate and will break easily. This is part of their charm and character.
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Hi, these look wonderful but I don’t have a cookie press. Can I use a pastry bag and pipe them?
Yes, Narcy. I hope you enjoy them! They are delicious! xo
These are delicious, thank you. I’ve made other recipes and they always seemed to “Flour-y” or off in some way. These are savory goodness.
I have used a cookie press, but Its easier to use a churro press with a star tip. The cylinder is wider than a cookie press and I pipe out long rows on the cookie sheet, bending at the turns. I cut into 2” strips when they are still hot.
This is my go to cheese straw recipe. Thanks again!
Thanks. These have been a favorite in my family for years.
AMAZING. My daughter and I made these with an electric hand mixer. did not sift the flour but stirred dry ingredients with a whisk and used a cookie press flat ribbon cookie to make “crackers” had to beat my 16 year old son off with a wooden spoon.lol. Will use 1/2 tsp cayenne as not enough heat for us. My powder may have been a little flat. Thought may try chipotle powder????
I love that you can add as much “heat” as you want to these cheese straws. Hope your son can get plenty of these or maybe he can help you make some for him later.
I am a reasonably good baker and bake quite often. This was my first time making cheese straws and they were delicious, my problem however was the consistency. It was so stiff, couldn’t be piped. I had to resort to it out and pressing with a fork.They cam out looking like cookies.Any suggestions for me? Less flour? Add water or milk? I live on a small Island so my option for flour are limited.
Cindie, I think the issue may be the flour you are using – I think it may be a more dense flour than what I use. I only use White Lily Flour which is lighter and softer flour than most all-purpose flours and makes light baked goods. You may want to try my How to Make Cake Flour Recipe to add cornstarch to your all-purpose flour so that is a lighter flour for these cheese straws. I hope this helps.
These are the BEST cheese straws I have ever made and now a weekly bake!! Thanks a million for sharing and well done!
I meant to tell you that the mixture was too stiff to pipe so I rolled it out and cut into strips! Baked so light and crisp with a good tang! I’ve made them so often forgot to mention what I fo until I saw the other comments. Still the best by a long way!
Lee, as I have mentioned to others, I think the problem is with the flour you are using. You should be able to pipe the mixture. I use White Lily flour which is a soft wheat flour and is lighter and softer than most all-purpose flours. If you can’t find a softer flour than you are using, you may want to try adding cornstarch to your flour the way I do in How To Make Cake Flour.