2 cups all purpose flour
1 ¼ tsps baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ sticks (3/4 c) room temperature butter
15 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated and at room temperature
5 or 6 healthy dashes of
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
Sift flour. Add backing powder and salt and sift again. Set aside.
With your hands, mix the butter and cheese in a bowl. Add
, cayenne and flour. Mix well. Tabasco
Place the dough in a cookie press and squeeze out rows the entire length of the cookie sheet about ½ inch apart. Note that I don’t have a cookie press, but find it just as easy to use a pastry bag (or in my case a zip top bag cut at one corner to work like one). Bake ten minutes at 300 then lower the oven temperature to 225 and bake about another 15 minutes or until golden (not brown).
Let straws stand two or three minutes, then cut them down to size (about three sections per straw) with a sharp knife.
The book notes that this recipe will yield about 120 straws but I usually get around 80 or so. Put them all out; they’ll go fast. Bon appetite ~
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