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Southern Cheese Straws

Southern Cheese Straws! This easy cheese straw recipe is a crowd favorite. Tender, buttery and cheesy bites make the perfect party food with just enough kick! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer
  • Large baking Pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie Press
  • Star-shaped cookie press disk or similar shape


  • ¾ cups butter room temperature
  • 8 ounce block sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper*¼
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a large baking pan by lining with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, beat together butter, cheese, sea salt, cayenne and paprika until fully incorporated. Scrape down the bowl and beat for another 10 seconds.
  • With the mixer on low, mix in the flour slowly until just incorpoated. You should have a soft, crumbly dough.
  • Load the dough into the cookie press (according to manufacturer's directions) fitted with a star-shaped disc. Hold the cookie press over the prepared baking pan and click the repeatedly to extrude long ropes of dough. Cut the ropes into desired size (about 2 inch bites are a good size) and carefully arrange on baking pan, leaving an inch or two between pieces.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes or until the dough has set and is lightly browning around the bottom.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool (they will harden and crisp up as they cool). Serve or store once cooled.


  • If you would like to roll out the dough or create cheese coins instead of cheese straws, place the dough on a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap and shape into a log. Refrigerate for about an hour to allow the dough to harden, then when ready to bake, use a sharp knife to cut coins from the dough log (the same method as slice and bake cookies). 
  • Place coins on baking pan and bake as directed, keeping an eye out for burning depending on thickness of coins.
*For spicier cheese straws, feel free to increase the amount of cayenne pepper.