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Crispy and buttery, these highly addictive cheese straws are a true southern classic.
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Classic Southern Cheese Straws

Southern Cheese Straws are a timeless and highly addictive classic. Crispy and buttery, Southern Cheese Straws are amazing when paired with dry sherry or just by themselves.  It’s impossible to eat just one!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Total Time31 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 144kcal


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese at room temperature (See Tip 1)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour (See Tip 1)


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • With an electric mixer, cream butter and cheese until well blended. Add baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Add flour; beat on medium speed for 5 minutes until very creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times. (See Tip 2)
  • Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a 1M large star tip. (See Tip 3)
  • Pipe 3-inch long cheese straws onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave at least ½-inch space between cheese straws. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer the cheese straws to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • Yield: 12 dozen.



  1. To ensure consistent results with this recipe, weigh the cheese and the flour.
  2. The consistency of the dough should be similar to a thick buttercream frosting. Warm the dough in the microwave on power level 1 for several minutes if it seems too thick. 
  3. You can use a cookie press for this recipe in place of the piping bag.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 73mg | Vitamin A: 340IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 0.6mg