Here is one of my family's favorite homemade snacks. Not only do they make a good afternoon snack but they're a crowd pleaser at our parties too. Next time there's a bake sale, I'm making these Cheese Straws.
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
- 1-3/4 cup flour
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper, or to taste
- 1-1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated, room temperature
- 1/2 cup (1/4 pound) butter, softened
In a small bowl, combine flour, salt and other spices with a wire whisk. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, stand mixer is preferred, cream together cheddar cheese and butter. Gradually add flour mixture. Combine completely. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Allow dough to rest for 10 to 15 minutes in refrigerator. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Press dough through a cookie press onto prepared baking sheets. Bake cheese straws for 20 to 30 minutes or until crisp and lightly brown.
Store in tightly covered container. These may be frozen with wax paper between layers.