Southern Cheese Straws

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012

Today Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny and Brandi of Bran Appetit are hosting a surprise virtual baby shower for our friend Rachel of Rachel Cooks. Already the mother of a sweet little girl, Rachel is expecting a bouncing baby boy in just a few short weeks.

I met Rachel in 2011 thanks to Emeril Lagasse, as we were chosen along with a handfull of other food bloggers to promote the cookbook Sizziling Skillets And Other One Pot Wonders together.

I chose to bring Southern cheese straws to the party, and just like deviled eggs–every Southern cook wants to make great ones. My late great Aunt Gladys of Montgomery, Alabama made delicious cheese pats with pecans, but I like to stick to straws. They are the perfect snack for any party or gathering, and cayenne pepper gives these traditional snacks a real kick.

Congratulations Rachel!

Southern cheese Straws


1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 cups self-rising flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cup 1/2 lb shredded sharp Cheddar, at room temperature

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift together the flour, cayenne, and salt and set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and cheese until blended. Add the flour mixture slowly, beating at low speed, then continue to beat for 5 minutes, until very creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times.

Using a cookie press with a star tip, make 3-inch-long cheese straws, leaving at least 1/2 inch between each on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool.


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27 Responses to “Southern Cheese Straws”

  1. brandi says:

    i’ve never tried making my own cheese straws, but i think i should! these look perfect :)

  2. Aggie says:

    Oh I love getting cheese straws in those wine and cheese gift baskets, but I would love homemade cheese straws even more!! These look delicious and congrats to Rachel! :)

  3. Cheese straws – SWOON! Love these girl!

  4. Susan says:

    Thanks everyone! They are super easy to make and always a hit! Give them a try sometime! :)

  5. Donna says:

    I don’t know if I want to admit this, but I’ve never made cheese straws. Maybe it’s time I change that. These look amazing!

  6. Deborah says:

    Love these!! What a great thing to bring to a party, too!

  7. I’ve never had cheese straws, what kind of southerner am I? I must change that, they look amazing!

  8. kita says:

    I love how simple these sound to make. I have never had cheese straws but darned if I don’t want to go try to whip up a batch tomorrow morning!

  9. Kathryn says:

    Cheese straws are one of my absolute favourite party foods – they’re so addicting and I love the kick of cayenne pepper in these!

  10. I love cheese straws! You can’t eat just one…

  11. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These cheese straws are perfect for a party! Plus, it’s a perfect use for super sharp cheddar…yum! Thank you so much for being a part of this special day!

  12. I love cheese and have not had these as well, looking forward to trying them soon!

  13. These are perfect for a baby shower. I love cheese and have had a store-bought version of these but have never thought to make them homemade. Love this!

  14. I make something similar every holiday season ostensibly for gifts. Seems they often turn out to be gifts for ME as I keeping saying, ‘OK, I’ll just have one more.’ I know just how addictive and delicious they are.

  15. Steph says:

    How fun are these!! I need to give this recipe a try!

  16. These look amazing! I don’t think I have ever had cheese straws but I am sure I would love them

  17. GIRL…I would put a hurt on those cheese straws. YUM! They are my faves.

  18. The hubby loves cheese straws but he’s always had to rely on the kindness of others for his favorite snack. I might just have to surprise him with a batch, he loves spicy and that cayenne pepper will give him just the kick he needs (oops, I really do mean the cheese straws, or do I?)

  19. Susan says:

    Thank you for all of the sweet comments, and I will have to check that recipe out now Carrian!

  20. carrian says:

    I love these! On friday I posted a southern cheese cookie, great minds think alike yeah?

  21. These are incredible! My kids would go nuts for these. :)

  22. I’m with Erin–I’ve never actually seen cheese straws before! These look like a great party food, though. :)

  23. LOVE cheese straws. These look amazing.

  24. I don’t think I’ve ever had cheese straws ever. IDK how I’ve managed that after living in Memphis for 5 years

  25. Oh my mom used to make these around the holidays and they were the best thing ever!

  26. Rachel Cooks says:

    Thanks for participating in this, Susan! I am so touched by everyone’s thoughtfulness. The cheese straws look perfect, I think I could inhale a hundred of them! Thanks again! xo

  27. I have never had cheese straws! These look amazing, and kid pleasing!

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