This was my first time making cheese straws and it was so easy and fun! Cheese straws are somewhere between a breadstick and a flaky cheesy biscuit. Actually, we made some with a Cookie Press and they tasted exactly like Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay biscuits! I adapted this recipe from All Recipes.
Cheddar Parmesan Cheese Straws
Preheat oven to 400* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3/4 cup margarine, softened but not melted
1 cup Medium or Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly shredded
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder (or garlic salt and omit or decrease regular salt)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (or more!) cayenne pepper (don't leave this out!)
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
Optional: additional salt, paprika, black pepper, melted butter or margarine
--In a large bowl mix the margarine and shredded cheeses together.
--Add the flour, baking powder, and all the seasonings. Add the water a little bit at a time until it forms a sticky dough.
--Roll pieces of dough as long as you like, about the thickness of a pen or pencil. They will puff up considerably in the oven. You can twist these from both ends to make pretty cheese twists (I forgot).
--*If you like, sprinkle with salt, paprika, black pepper, or any extra spices or seasonings before baking.
--Bake until lightly browned, the original recipe said 5 minutes but it took me at least 8 minutes in my oven.
--Optional: Brush with melted butter or margarine when they come out of the oven
Alternately, use a cookie press to make more biscuit-y style treats. The cookie pressed ones were delicious but took quite a while to bake, probably more than 15 minutes.
Next time I make these I might go for a more South of the Border style flavoring and use half pepper jack cheese and add extra cayenne, cumin, and anything else that catches my eye. I think dried parsley would be nice for some color as well.
* Since these are ultimately flour and cheese, you definitely need to pump up the flavor with seasonings. The original recipe only called for salt and cayenne and there were a lot of reviews that said it were bland. If you don't like the onion and garlic and whatnot try whatever seasonings you like but be sure to put something in so it isn't boring.