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Classic Southern Cheese Straws

Serves: 15 to 20
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8 ounces extra-sharp orange cheddar cheese, grated, at room temperature (about 2 cups)
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated, at room temperature (about 2 cups)
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, very soft
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper


Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, hand mix both cheeses with the flour, butter, salt and red pepper flakes by hand (not mixer or food processor). When the dough is soft and pliable, put through a cookie press using the star tip attachment, making long rows of straws on a cookie sheet. Bake until just starting to turn golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


Per serving: 30 calories (percent of calories from fat, 62), 1 gram protein, 2 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 2 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 7 milligrams cholesterol, 54 milligrams sodium.

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