Sunday, September 25, 2011

Southern Cheese Straws

by Bethany Raulerson
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat over to 300 degrees.
In a food processor, add the butter, cheese, flour, salt, and cayenne and process until a smooth dough is formed. Scoop it into a cookie press, fitted with a flat ridged tip. Pip the dough in 2- inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.( Alternatively, you can refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes and roll on a lightly floured surface into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Cut into smaller rectangles, about 2 by 3 inches with a pizza wheel or sharp knife. )Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool.
*These are a popular appetizer at Southern weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, and teas*

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