Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cheese Straws

I have been really good lately, focusing more on meals and actually figuring out what's for dinner more than 5 minutes before I need to start cooking it. I had a nice break from sweets and snacks and everything I shouldn't be eating between meals.

And then I ran across these. All I could think of was homemade Cheez-Its. For days.

Homemade Cheez-Its, people.

Over a cup of cheese is involved. Have I convinced you yet? Because I think I might have convinced myself, again.

Cheese Straws
Adapted from: Gourmet, via How Sweet It Is

1 1/2 cups coarsely grated extra-sharp Cheddar
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with racks in upper and lower thirds.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine cheese, flour, butter, paprika, and cayenne. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk and continue to pulse until dough forms a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Using a lightly floured pizza wheel or lightly floured sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/3-inch-wide strips. Carefully transfer to 2 ungreased baking sheets or 2 baking racks sprayed with cooking spray. Arrange strips 1/4-inch apart. (If strips tear, pinch back together.)

Bake until pale golden, 12-15 minutes, switching position of sheets halfway through baking. Allow to cool completely on baking sheets or racks, about 15 minutes.

Makes: about 24 straws

The straws that came out of the oven all golden and lovely were everything I hoped they would be. Cheesy with a little kick from the cayenne and paprika. But then there was the other half. Those that were a little thinner, thus a little browner. Once they passed from that perfect yellow color towards having a hint of brown, the Cheez-It dream was over. While they weren't necessarily bad, you could definitely taste the overdoneness, and a few were just downright burnt. I think it's high time I invest in some Rolling Pin Rings. That way I can go back to stuffing my face with a full batch of perfectly cooked cheese straws.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 45Calories from fat 26
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.9g5%
Saturated Fat 1.8g9%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 21mg1%
Total Carbs 4.0g1%
Protein 0.6g
Vitamin A 2%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%Iron 1%


  1. Yum!! I can't believe how easy it is to actually make these too.

  2. I am a lover of chezz-its! A Lover! I wish Goldfish taste the same cause that's all my daughter wants me to buy for her cracker addiction. I really appreciate your mention on overdoing the sticks! These will definitely make it in my kitchen!

  3. Oh goodness, did you say Cheez-Its?!? I won't be able to stop eating these straws!

  4. I have to have some of these. Cheez-its. Homemade. In straws. Sheer genius! I too covet the rolling pin rings. But those straws are just beautiful without them. Love that blue background to accent the cheesy goodness.

  5. Fascinating!

    I'm not a fan of Cheezits, but my wife and daughter love them. I'll have to try my hand at this.

  6. Smoked paprika AND cayenne?!?! YUM! These look great!

  7. Love the high cheese to flour ratio....these look scrumptious!

  8. I'm in love with these. We are big cheese fans here at home so I'm sure they will go in 5 minutes :)

  9. I can think of so many occasions to eat those with... watching TV, entertaining guests, appetizer, sides, or simply, just because.

  10. What a great snack! Paprika and cayenne...nummy. Now to resist eating an entire batch. ;)

  11. I love making my own snacks.. that way you know exactly what goes into them!

  12. Gorgeous! Cheese straws are my fave! I can eat the whole batch without blinking.

  13. Cute! I love the unique look to it, as opposed to the twisty cheese straws we usually see. I would love some with a pint of beer, thanks. :-p

  14. I say if it's homemade, it can't POSSIBLY be that bad for you. Right? Right. Especially comparatively.

    These look awesome!

  15. These look fantastic! How did you get them rippled like that?
    I've made cheesesticks before and cut them real skinny like straws and they were delicious to munch on!

  16. @Amy at TheSceneFromMe I actually used my wire cooling racks instead of baking sheets to bake the cheese sticks on, which gave them the ripple.



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