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Easy Cheese Straws

 Easy Cheese Straws
Five ingredients transform into long, crisp cracker sticks. The hand-held snacks make for easy mingling at parties.—Elizabeth Robinson, Conroe, Texas
30 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in cheese until blended. Combine flour, salt and
  • cayenne; stir into cheese mixture until a dough forms. Roll into a
  • 15x6-in. rectangle. Cut into thirty 6-in. strips. Gently place
  • strips 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes before
  • removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an
  • airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cheese straw equals 72 calories, 5 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 106 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.