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Nothing beats southern tradition like these yummy cheese straws! Freezes well.
Bring butter and cheese to room temperature. Grate cheese with a grater or food processor.
Cream together butter and cheese. Gradually add flour, salt, cayenne and baking powder to cheese/butter mixture. May need to mix together with hands to blend all ingredients.
Run mixture through a cookie press using a ridged template. Slice lengths into 2″ pieces.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until light brown on edges.
Makes about 15 dozen 2″ cheese straws.
NOTE: I was unhappy with the results using a Wilton cookie press. The ridged template in their kit is ridged on both sides and produced a much thicker cheese straw that didn’t bake as well. When my old Mirro cookie press broke, I found a bunch listed on eBay and have had great success with it.
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