Cheese Straws


1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 tablespoons very cold water
Dash of Tabasco


Preheat oven to 400° and grease two baking sheets.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, cut the butter and half the cheese into the flour. Add water and Tabasco, then turn the dough out onto floured board and lightly knead in the remaining cheese until the dough comes together.

Roll the dough into a ¼ -inch-thick rectangle, then cut into strips ½ inch wide and 5 inches long. Arrange the strips on the prepared baking sheets, and bake until nicely browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


about 2 dozen straws

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

30 Minutes

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