Jul 24, 2009

Cheddar Cheese Straws

I'm always on the look for great snacks. I have to, my kids eat all day long ( I have two teenagers in the house) and because potato chips and other supermarket snacks don't make my grocery list I have to find alternatives. That's one of the reasons I was so happy when I found this recipe, in one of my cooking books " Gifts from the kitchen" by Ann Kleinberg.
Very cheesy and crispy, those were an instant hit with my boys. Now I make double the recipe every time. Those straws keep in an air tight container for up to one month ( not in my house).
The recipe that follows is for about 22 to 25 straws, as I said I made double the recipe which makes about 50.


1/2 cup unsalted butter
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese grated ( 225 g)
4 oz parmesan cheese (100 g)
1 cup all purpose flour sifted
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl, on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Add the grated cheddar cheese.

Add the parmesan, the flour and the worcestershire sauce. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together.

Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.

After 3 hours remove the dough from the fridge, line 2 baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper set aside. Divide the dough into 1 inch balls.

Roll each ball into a long thin strip. My little chef had lots of fun making those.

Place the straws on the prepared baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven of 425˚F for about 12 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

Cool on a rack, once cool store in a air tight container.

Can be served as an appetizer, or as a snack.



Chow and Chatter said...

these look great and fun to make

Laura said...

Thanks Rebecca. They are.

Damjana said...

I used to make similar cheese sticks with flour, grated cheese, salt, water and some oil. I just didn't want to pay so much for such little packages you get in the shop (not to mention I don't like too much fat). I saved your recipe and I'm definitely going to try it soon!

Laura said...

Hi Damjana,
I hope you are going to like those. The ones in the store have hydrogenate oil, and full of preservatives.
Those have butter, but I'll take butter over hydrogenate oil any day.

Anonymous said...

hi laura.
i used to make these v.often in my college days.after seeing this i have realised i don't make it,as my recipe book is back home.my sisters
used to love this.iam going to try itoutasp.

Laura said...

Hi Rekha,
I hope those are as good as you remember. Let me know if Kenny likes them as well. Cass loves those.

Tien said...

Hi, Laura,
I am going to try these. How much Worcestershire sauce do you use?

Laura said...

Hello Tien,
I'm sorry I didn't realize I miss the measurement. It's 1/2 tsp.

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