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These are basically fresh baked cheez-it crackers in a straw shape, which is a-ok with me. Crispy, cheesy and buttery. The trifecta of deliciousness.
They would make a great party appetizer, but I had no party to bring them to. I made these for basically no good reason except that I saw them on Smitten Kitchen and really wanted to try them.
And I am sure glad I did because they are awesome, and really easy to make. The dough is softened butter, cheese, flour, cream/milk, salt, and red pepper flakes. Food process it up, roll out the dough and cut in strips. The whole deal takes no more than a half an hour. They bake up quickly too, about 15-20 minutes.
I was worried at first when I was making these because the raw dough was not very tasty, and they had a mildly unpleasant smell when they were baking. I am not sure why, maybe it was just all that sharp cheese and butter cooking together. One would think that would smell like heaven, but not really. However, when they came out of the oven I tried one immediately, and there was nothing to worry about.
You could make all kinds of variations of these cheese straws. I would love to try different cheeses paired with different fresh herbs or dried spices.
Adapted from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Smitten Kitchen
Easiest dough ever:
rolled out, just be careful as you peel the cut strips off the counter, they are somewhat fragile.
I filled up 2 cookie sheets.
As you can see, that front one is a little squiggly. You could totally form these into cool shapes.