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Southern Cheese Straws Recipe

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In this post I’m sharing a wonderful Southern Cheese Straws Recipe.

You’ll find cheese straws at parties, luncheons, weddings & almost any other kind of social event. They’ve been a favorite in the south for centuries. They’re a little bit addicting, so expect them to disappear.

An old story tells us that a waste-not cook mixed leftover biscuit dough with cheese and rolled it into long “straws” and baked them.

It helps if you have a cookie press to use when piping out the straws but don’t fret if you don’t have one. Today you’ll find these treats in strips, twists, and flat cracker shapes too. The cookie press ‘star tip’ shape is probably the most popular however.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated and let come to room temperature
  • 2 Sticks of Butter, softened 
  • 4 1/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • Dash of Garlic Powder
In a stand mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add cheese and mix until the cheese and butter come to a creamy consistency.
 
In a bowl, sift flour and seasonings together.
 
Add flour in small batches to the mixer and combine with the butter/cheese mixture until all of the flour is incorporated well.
 
The dough will be a bit stiff.
 
Add to a cookie press fitted with a star piping tip. Pipe onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper in 3-4″ strips.
 
Refrigerate sheet pans of cheese straws for 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking to prevent spreading.
 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake cheese straws for 20 minutes or until golden and crisp.
 

Classic Cheese Straws Recipe

Cheese Straws - Baking - Gatherings
 
 

Do Cheese Straws Need To Be Refrigerated?

Cheese straws do not require refrigeration. Just store in an air tight container and they’ll last up to a week. 

 

Let’s make this Southern Cheese Straws Recipe.

Yield: 36 Servings

Southern Cheese Straws

Southern Cheese Straws

Classic Southern cheese straws are a delicious treat or party appetizer

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated and let come to room temperature
  • 2 Sticks of Butter, softened 
  • 4 1/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • Dash of Garlic Powder

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add cheese and mix until the cheese and butter come to a creamy consistency.
  2. In a bowl, sift flour and seasonings together.
  3. Add flour in small batches to the mixer and combine with the butter/cheese mixture until all of the flour is incorporated well.
  4. The dough will be a bit stiff.
  5. Add to a cookie press fitted with a star piping tip. Pipe onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper in 3-4" strips.
  6. Refrigerate sheet pans of cheese straws for 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking to prevent spreading.
  7. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake cheese straws for 20 minutes or until golden and crisp.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

2-3 cheese straws

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

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Marcia Pruitt

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Please tell me what kind of cookie press you used. I've tried 2 different presses today and still donb't have cheese straws I so want to have cheese straws on my dessert charcuterie tray.

Julia Jordan

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Marcia, I have a very old vintage cookie press and I'm afraid that they no longer carry it. A star tip on any should do the trick. Here's one that is close to mine https://amzn.to/3kYddqH (aff link). If doing the long straws is not working for you, doing them as cookies or crackers is very trendy now and equally delicious. Good luck!

Debby Allbritton

Friday 20th of September 2019

I’m using your recipe today. I’m sure they will be awesome. I just got my cookie press this week and can’t wait to use it!

Julia Jordan

Friday 20th of September 2019

I'm so glad that you're trying out this recipe and I hope that you enjoy it. A cookie press is such a fun tool to have in the kitchen.

Nicole

Monday 17th of June 2019

What type of cookie press do you use? I’m having trouble finding a star tip.

Julia Jordan

Monday 17th of June 2019

Nicole, They no longer make the vintage model that I have but here is a link (aff) to one that includes a star tip https://amzn.to/2IPXqcd

Pam Nix

Monday 6th of March 2017

Looks really yummy!!!

Julia's Simply Southern

Monday 6th of March 2017

Thank you Pam!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Your Cheese Straws look so perfect! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope you have a great day and hope to see you again soon!Miz Helen