Spicy Cheese Straws

A Southern favorite, these cheese straws are spicy and delicious. Roll them into straw shapes or cut into narrow strips and gently turn to make cheese twists.

Serves: 30Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 30


  • 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄8 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 14 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and cayenne pepper. Using 2 knives or a pastry blender, cut butter, cheese, and Worcestershire sauce into flour mixture until thoroughly blended.
  • Working with a small amount of dough at a time, roll into a long tube shape about the width of a straw and cut into desired lengths. Or, roll out dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 inch. Cut into strips and gently twist.
  • Arrange straws or twists on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until straws are crisp and just lightly browned.
  • Remove straws and let cool.