SOUTHERN CHEDDAR CHEESE STRAWS

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Southern Cheddar Cheese Straws are crispy, savory, and packed with cheese. This recipe will become a small obsession!

Cheese Straws

SOUTHERN CHEDDAR CHEESE STRAWS

Cheese Straws are fun, easy, and kid-friendly. Seriously, if you love cheese, you’ll love these cheese crackers. They’re tender, cheesy, and crunchy and possibly the best snack ever!

ARE CHEESE STRAWS A SOUTHERN THING?

Cheese straws are a traditional food of England and the Southern United States. They are eaten as an appetizer or snack. They are made as cut strips, or by using a cookie press, from dough made with butter, flour, salt, cheddar cheese, and cayenne pepper. Variations use different types of cheese, spices, and nuts. (source)

Cheese crackers

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE SOUTHERN CHEDDAR CHEESE STRAWS

Cheese Straws are fun, easy, and kid-friendly. Seriously, if you love cheese, you’ll love these cheese crackers. They’re tender, cheesy, and crunchy and possibly the best snack ever!

  1. All-purpose flour. I like White Lily. For gluten free flour I like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour.
  2. Salt.
  3. Cheddar cheese.
  4. Cayenne pepper.
  5. Butter. Unsalted and melted. You can also use vegan butter, I recommend Miyoko’s or Earth Balance

HOW TO MAKE SOUTHERN CHEDDAR CHEESE STRAWS

Cheese Straws are fun, easy, and kid-friendly. Seriously, if you love cheese, you’ll love these cheese crackers. They’re tender, cheesy, crunchy, and possibly the best snack ever!

You can use a cookie press or roll the straws out. Additionally, you can make wafers or crackers. The secret is to get them thin enough so they get crispy.

Cheddar crackers

WHAT DO SOUTHERN CHEDDAR CHEESE STRAWS GO WITH?

Cheese straws are great as an appetizer on your charcuterie board. They also make a great snack. As well, you can eat them as a side to tomato soup or vegetable soup.

Cheese straws make a great homemade gift any time of year.

Cheddar Straws

HOW LONG WILL CHEESE STRAWS LAST?

Not very long if they’re around me! 😅

Seriously though, you can store baked cheese straws in an airtight container for 1 week. As well, store the unbaked dough in the fridge for 1 week. 

Furthermore, you can make them crispy again by baking the cheese straws in the oven at 350° for 3 to 4 minutes.

CAN YOU FREEZE SOUTHERN CHEDDAR CHEESE STRAWS

I haven’t had success freezing either the dough or the cooked cheese straws. Therefore, I don’t recommend freezing.

Cheddar crisps
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Cheese Straws

SOUTHERN CHEDDAR CHEESE STRAWS

Cheesy and crispy, this recipe is always a favorite. They're great as a snack, appetizer, and side with salad or soup.
Author: Paula
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 and ¾ cup (7.93 oz | 225g) all-purpose flour
  • 5.11 oz (145g) butter unsalted, melted
  • 4.05 ounces (115g) cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to your liking
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • oil to fry
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon whole milk, if needed

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients
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  • Add flour, salt, cheese, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Combine all together until the cheese is coated.
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  • Pour melted butter and work the dough with your hand until you get a soft one. If the dough is too dry, add the milk if needed. If it’s not, skip the milk. It will depend on the flour and the butter you are using.
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  • Knead the dough for 2 minutes.
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  • Roll out the dough.
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  • Fold it into a squared shape.
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  • Roll out again (0.20 inches | 0.5cm).
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  • With a sharp knife, cut out the cheese straws in long strips.
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  • Add enough oil to a pan and heat until hot. Fry the cheese straws on each side until golden brown. Don't over-crowd the pan. Always leave a bit of space in between them when frying.
  • *If your pan is small, just cut the cheese straws shorter. Remove and place on a plate with absorbent paper.
  • Allow cheese straws to cool down before serving.
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Nutrition

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made these for our last movie night with the grandkids! Phenomenal! They couldn’t get enough. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Made these for our last movie night with the grandkids! Pheeal! They couldn’t get enough. Thanks for sharing the reci.

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