Cheese Straws

This is a favorite Christmas recipe. It's fairly simple to do and tastes good. To make this tasty holiday snack, combine shredded Cheddar cheese with butter, flour and salt. The dough is rolled out and cut into strips then baked until crispy. Use sharp or mild cheddar, your choice.

Yield

5 dozen

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl cream butter and cheese. Stir in flour and salt; mix well. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2 inch in thickness. Cut into 2 inch strips and sprinkle with ground red pepper. Place strips on prepared baking sheet(s) 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until crisp.

Additional Information

You can also put the mixture into a cookie press fitted with the star tip, then pipe the strips onto the prepared baking pan and bake as directed above.

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