Recipe for Cheese Straws
Are you having a difficult time sticking to a weight loss plan during the holidays? Would you like something yummy to eat that’s not loaded with sugar or coated in chocolate? Then consider whipping up a batch of cheese straws. Here my friend Lynne shares a recipe for cheese straws that will keep your belly satisfied and your hands off the dessert table.
10 oz. extra sharp Cracker Barrel cheese, grated
2 sticks butter, room temperature
2 cups flour
1 t. salt
1/4-1/2 t. red pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Begin by creaming the butter and cheese. Next add the rest of ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Use a cookie press with a star design attachment and make a 12″ rope of cheese mixture. You can either cut it in to 6″ pieces and leave long for “cheese straws” or cut in to 3″ lengths and shape into a circle. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
If you don’t have a cookie press you can form the cheese mixture into logs about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap them in waxed paper and chill until firm. Then slice into “cookies” about 1/8″ thick. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees instead of 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
With two sticks of butter and 10 ounces of cheese I would not declare this recipe for cheese straws a “healthy” food option, but they do have less calories than most holiday sweets. Though these holiday cheese straws may be a lighter food to indulge in, don’t be misled, they are big on taste. Help yourself, family and friends watch their waistline this holiday season, make this recipe for cheese straws for your next holiday party.
This recipe for cheese straws was crafted by the skilled hands of Lynne Morris, a professional food stylist for 9 years who has worked with companies including Kroger, Procter & Gamble, John Morrell and HoneyBaked Ham just to name a few. View more of Lynne’s creations.
The individual responsible for bringing Lynne’s handiwork to life is Larry White. He has been a professional food photographer for 15 years and has also worked for many of the who’s who in the industry. Learn more about Larry and his impressive work.