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Southern Cheese Straws

Southern Cheese Straws

These light and crispy Southern Cheese Straws bring finger food to the next level! Cheesy, buttery, crunchy snacks that are simply irresistible!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern
Keyword appetizers, cheese straws, cheesy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 20 - 25 cheese straws
Calories 161kcal
Author Imma


  • Baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper
  • Food processor 


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme , minced
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch black pepper
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 8 ounces butter chilled, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons ice water


Making the Dough

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F (176 °C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  •  In a food processor, add the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, paprika, thyme, garlic powder, and a pinch of black pepper. Mix until all are combined.
  • Next, add the shredded cheese and cubed butter into the food processor. Pulse for about 15-20 seconds until it resembles a coarse sand.
  • Pour in the water one tablespoon at a time. Then keep pulsing until it forms a soft dough.

Forming our Cheese Straws

  • Transfer the dough onto floured surface.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Then use a fork to run through some lines on the dough.
  • Cut the dough into strips and transfer them in a parchment-lined baking sheet on a single layer. Alternatively, you can also use a piping bag and pipe it directly onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Take them out and let it cool first. Enjoy!


  1. These cheese straws could last up to a week.
  2. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1cheese straw | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg