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

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


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


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • With 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.
  • Using either a cookie press or a decorating bag with a star tip (I use the 1M large star tip), pipe 3-inch long cheese straws on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Leave at least ½-inch space between cheese straws. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow straws to sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in air tight container.
  • Yield: 12 dozen.



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