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« on: December 13, 2010 11:24:05 PM »

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.
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010 02:18:20 AM »

Mmm, they look delicious!
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2010 04:44:28 AM »

YUM! I love cheese straws! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2010 04:52:07 AM »

Thanks for posting this. I've been trying to years to come up with something like cheddar bay biscuits! I've come close a few times. I'm def. going to try this. Looks delish!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2010 07:23:21 AM »

MmMmm, these look so yummy!  Thank you for sharing the recipe!

RL's cheddar biscuits are my addiction.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2010 11:15:12 AM »

I love RL biscuits, in fact thats the only thing I like there! Cheesy These look so yummy, I'll have to give them a try!
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2010 12:02:38 PM »

I really like finding other recipes I can use my Cookie Press on! Since these are so oily, we couldn't press them straight onto the parchment paper, it just wouldn't stick. We ended up pressing them onto a cutting board and carefully moving them onto the parchment paper. I guess I could have looked for the baking stone! Definitely brush them with garlic butter when they come out of the oven for extra RL-like deliciousness!
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2010 04:24:03 PM »

these are SO good!  try adding a head or two of roasted garlic and sesame seeds!  my daughter LOVES these (from that same recipe!) and she usually HATES baked goods.
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011 02:02:40 AM »

sounds fun
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2011 12:41:12 PM »

These look wonderful, going to try them tonight.
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