Cheese Straws

Dry mustard, ground pepper, and cayenne give these crackers some kick. For variation, try Gruyere cheese in place of cheddar.

  • Yield: Makes 24
Cheese Straws

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2007

Ingredients

  • 6-ounce piece sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor fitted with the grating blade, grate cheese. Switch to cutting blade; add flour, butter, mustard powder, salt, ground pepper, and cayenne. Pulse until a dough forms.

  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface; divide into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope, about 3/8 inch in diameter and 18 inches long; cut each rope into six 3-inch pieces. Place pieces 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Drag the tines of a fork down each straw to create ridges.

  3. Bake until golden and firm to the touch, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes

Store straws in an airtight container up to 2 days.

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