Classic Cheese Straws

Classic Cheese Straws on a plate

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 60 to 72 servings
Yield: 50 to 72 cheese straws
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
70 Calories
5g Fat
3g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 60 to 72
Amount per serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 12mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cheese straws are a very popular appetizer in the South and they are surprisingly easy to make with cheddar cheese and a little cayenne pepper. Every Southern cook has a recipe, and you will find the snack at most parties and festive gatherings. Use sharp cheddar for the best flavor and don't skimp on the cayenne!


  • 14 tablespoons (7 ounces) unsalted butter

  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Classic Cheese Straws ingredients in bowls

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  2. Put the butter and cheese in a food processor. Add the flour, salt, cayenne, and Worcestershire. Cover and pulse until thoroughly blended.

    Cheese dough in a food processor

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  3. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

    Cheese dough ball wrapped in plastic wrap

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  4. Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or leave it ungreased.

    Parchment paper lined baking sheet

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  5. Roll dough out on a floured surface to about 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thickness, cut into strips, and gently twist. Arrange the strips on the baking sheet.

    Classic Cheese Straws dough on a lined baking sheet

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  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the straws are crisp and lightly browned. Remove and let cool.

    Baked Classic Cheese Straws on a baking sheet

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This recipe can be made even if you do not have a food processor. Simply put the flour, salt, and cayenne in a bowl. Add the butter, cheese, and Worcestershire, and using 2 knives or a pastry blender, blend thoroughly.