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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups 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 until lightly browned, 15-20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 72 calories, 5g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • John
    Mar 1, 2020

    Easy and delicious I put some fried shallots in or chives

  • Perry
    Feb 29, 2020

    The trick is to use a stand mixer with a flat paddle on high. It will cut the dough into tiny bits, but if you leave it running, the bits will form into soft chunks. As soon as that happens, stop the mixer, roll out the dough into little balls, flatten with a fork, and bake.

  • Suzanne
    Feb 8, 2020

    The recipe did not mention to have the cheese at room temperature, so the mixture of cheese and butter became a brick. Now I’m waiting for it to soften so I can mix in the flour. Not happy.

  • blah
    Dec 21, 2019

    An advertisement block for pickles covers the ingredients with no way to get it out of the way or close it.....even after you click to view them all. Consider removing this advertiser as it makes the article useless.

  • merrin231
    Sep 27, 2019

    Mine were not as pretty as these, but the taste was spot on!!! My husband liked them so much, I will have time to learn to make them prettier next time!

  • Jennifer
    Mar 2, 2018

    I doubled the recipe but still baked in two separate batches. So EASY and so DELICIOUS! I did cook each batch (gas oven) for 27 minutes at 350, turning the pan around at 15 minutes. At 20 min, they were still quite soft. Other than a difference in timing, the recipe was spot on and I have a new favorite to make as snacks and to take to parties!

  • regard
    Sep 8, 2017

    wonderful flavor! I rolled each one by hand into a thin straw.

  • MrzJoiner1
    Jan 25, 2012

    I have loved these since I was a Child. Takes me back to a Happier time. I have also tried them with roasted pecans chopped up in it.