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A fellow schoolteacher gave me this recipe that's since become a family favorite. It's also popular at various church functions featuring eat-with-your-fingers fare.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:40 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 4 cups (1 pound) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 83 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Bring cheese and butter to room temperature; mix them together by hand. Add flour and cayenne; mix well. Use a cookie press with a star or zigzag end place to make strips on ungreased baking sheets.
  2. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown and as crisp as desired. Yield: 10 dozen.
Originally published as Cheese Straws in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p22

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