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Are you the 'cheese straw' queen?

I have tasted cheese straws that were good and some not so good.  I know there are plenty of recipes online for them but if you KNOW that yours are 'the best ever', I sure would appreciate you sharing the recipe..and any tips to make them WONDERFUL !

Thanks !

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Re: Are you the 'cheese straw' queen?

From Southern Lady magazine.  Use non-smoked cheese if you want:


Smoky Cheese Straws
Makes about 5 dozen
  • 1 (8-ounce) block smoked Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) round smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  1. In a medium bowl, combine cheeses and butter. Beat at medium speed with a mixer until well combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper. Gradually add flour mixture to cheese mixture until just combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into 6x½-inch strips, and place on prepared pans. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to let cool completely.
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Re: Are you the 'cheese straw' queen?

From Garden and Gun magazine:   INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour (Noyes prefers White Lily)

    • 1/2 stick (2 oz.) unsalted butter, slightly softened

    • 1/2 tsp. salt

    • 1/4 lb. shredded sharp orange cheese

    • 1/4 lb. shredded white cheese (equal parts Gruyére and Parmigiano Reggiano

    • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

    • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

    • 1 egg yolk

    • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary

    • Sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In the bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients except rosemary and sea salt. Pulse repeatedly until the dough becomes soft and starts to gather into a ball. On a floured surface, with a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle approximately 11 inches wide by 8 inches tall; the dough should be ¼ inch thick. Fold the dough in half (left side onto right side) and re-roll; continue this for several layers (this adds flakiness). Finally, re-roll the dough to 11 inches wide by 8 inches tall.


  • With a spatula, carefully lift the dough onto an ungreased baking sheet with the longer, 11-inch side at the top and bottom. Square off all sides with a knife to create clean edges, and cut the dough into vertical strips, each a bit less than ½ inch wide. Then cut each strip in half horizontally, creating approximately 40 cheese straws. With the knife, gently move the straws to separate. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary and sea salt.

  • Bake for 20 minutes or until just slightly golden. Cool briefly, then move to a rack until cooled.


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Re: Are you the 'cheese straw' queen?

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My recipe is similar to Sooner's "Smoky Cheese Straws", but adds 1 tsp baking powder and 6 tbsps ice water to the dough. 

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Re: Are you the 'cheese straw' queen?

Martha Stewart always makes cheese straws from phyllo dough (which she buys vs. makes) and says how easy they are to make. Go to her website to get the recipe.

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Re: Are you the 'cheese straw' queen?

I have seen Paula Deen pipe them out with a pastry bag. and a star tip