Spicy Cheese Twists

These twists are rich and crisp, the perfect companion to a bowl of soup. If you make extra dough and freeze it, you can always roll some twists out at the last minute.

Makes: 32Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 48 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 32


  • 6 oz. unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. Splenda
  • 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. red hot pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 1⁄2 cups corn flour
  • 1⁄2 cup whole-wheat flour


  • Place all ingredients but the flour in a food processor and pulse. Slowly add the flour, a half-cup at a time, and pulse until dough is just mixed and holding together. Divide dough in half. Shape into two oblong loaves and wrap tightly in plastic.
  • Refrigerate loaves for 60 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll 1 loaf of dough to a rectangle 12 by 16 inches and 1⁄8 inch thick.
  • Cut into 16 strips. Gently twist them and place them on the parchment paper. Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for another 6 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Let cool. Twists should be very dry and crunchy. Repeat for the second loaf.