Cheese Straws

You don’t have to own a cookie press to enjoy the addictive flavors of these cheese straws. You can roll the dough flat, and cut it into thin strips.

Cheese Straws
Yield: approximately 4 dozen
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  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  3. ¾ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  4. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  6. ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  7. ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  8. ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the work bowl of a food processor, add flour, cheese, butter, salt, peppers, and paprika; pulse to combine. With food processor running, add milk in a slow steady stream until mixture forms a dough.
  3. Using a cookie press fitted with a star-shaped disk, pipe dough into long straight lines on prepared pans; cut into 4-inch pieces.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
  1. If you don’t have a cookie press, roll dough to ¼-inch thickness, and cut into 4x½-inch strips.
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