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Zesty Cheese Straws

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 45 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 10



  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb shredded, at room temperature sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) at room temperature butter


Preheat the oven to 300 °F. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the cheese and mix until blended. Add the flour, salt and red pepper, and mix to form a dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up the dough, then place it in a cookie press, fitted with a ridged tip. Pipe the dough in 2-inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool. Makes approximately 5 dozen Zesty Cheese Straws.

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