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Every Southern food enthusiast has a go-to cheddar cheese straw recipe up his or her sleeve, and we're making the case for this one. It's savory and rich with the perfect amount of peppery kick. Ideal for a party snack - this recipe travels well, and it's so easy to make. In fact, you'll only need 6 ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Seriously! You can get the family involved with the recipe, too. It's a big hit with the kids and a welcome substitution for gold fish crackers or Cheezits. Packed with bursting cheddar flavor, you won't be able to resist a second helping.

By Ann Porter, Jefferson City, Tennessee


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
12 mins
42 mins
Makes about 10 dozen


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, beating just until combined.

  • Use a cookie press with a star-shaped disk to shape mixture into long ribbons, following manufacturer's instructions, on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Cut ribbons into 2-inch pieces.

  • Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

  • Cheese Wafers: Combine ingredients as directed; chill dough 2 hours. Shape dough into 4 (8-inch-long) logs; wrap each in plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours. Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container 1 week.

Chef's Notes

If you don't have a heavy-duty stand mixer, you can use a handheld mixer. Just divide the ingredients in half, and work with two batches.