Homemade Cheese Straws

  • Makes about 12
  • A little tricky

Nothing beats a cheese straw and this easy recipe is a doddle to prepare.

Christmas baking - cheese straws recipe

These cheese straws smell outrageously good when they bake, so you won’t want to wait to take a bite!

They are best eaten on the day of baking, but they make a thoughtful gift if you package them up with ribbon.

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Here’s the easy recipe for homemade cheese straws



  • Mature Cheddar cheese 110g, grated
  • Unsalted butter 50g
  • Plain flour 100g, plus more for dusting
  • Salt ½ tsp
  • Sweet paprika ½ tsp
  • Hot paprika ½ tsp, or cayenne pepper
  • English mustard 1 tsp, (not in powder form)
  • Whole milk 1 tbsp, or thin cream


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking sheet

  • Step 2

    In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, mustard salt, and paprika. Process in five 5-second pulses until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the milk or cream and process until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds.

  • Step 3

    On a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 20cm x 25cm rectangle about ½ cm thick. With a sharp knife, cut the dough into long, thin strips about 1cm wide and gently transfer the strips to the baking sheet, leaving at least 1cm between each of them.

  • Step 4

    Bake the straws on the middle rack of the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the ends are just beginning to colour. Serve just warm or allow to just cool.