Recipe By PLee
Published Jun 8th
Prep 20m Cook 15m Additional - Ready In 35m
Servings 20 straws Calories 250.1

These are really delicious. Pastry-light and easy to make. Fun to make with kids. Great for parties, but make 5 times more than you think you’ll need because your family will eat the first 2 batches.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2 Process Cheddar cheese, flour, butter, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, and salt in a food processor until large crumbs form; transfer to a bowl. Stir milk into the cheese mixture until it forms a ball of dough.
  3. 3 Roll dough out onto a lightly floured work surface to about 1/8-inch thick. Use a pizza cutter or thin knife to trim the edges of the dough to leave a large square with sides measuring 7 to 8 inches. Cut dough into 1/3-inch strips and arrange onto a baking sheet.
  4. 4 Bake in preheated oven until puffy, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over the warm cheese straws.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 250.1
  • Carbohydrate 10 g
  • Cholesterol 57.2 mg
  • Fat 20.5 g
  • Fiber 0.3 g
  • Protein 6.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 12.9 g
  • Sodium 308.5 mg
  • Sugar 0.3 g

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Chef's Notes

It's fun to try to twist them once or twice, but not necessary; It's fun to try to twist the strips once or twice before baking, but not necessary; Don't let them get brown while baking, or they'll dry out.


  1. Delicious! The only change I made was adding a teaspoon of baking powder- most cheese straw recipes call for it and since the instructions say these are supposed to puff I assume that the baking powder was an accidental omission. Everyone loved them, and I definitely agree that one batch won't be enough!