What Is the Recipe for Paula Deen's Cheese Straws?

What Is the Recipe for Paula Deen's Cheese Straws?

Food Network offers two recipes for Paula Deen’s cheese straws. Both recipes make five dozen; however, one uses self-rising flour while the other calls for all-purpose flour and less butter.

To make the full-butter version, preheat the oven to 300 F. Sift together 2 cups of self-rising flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Using room temperature ingredients, cream together 2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese with a hand mixer. Stir in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time until smooth.

Put the batter in a resealable plastic bag, and cut one corner off the bag. Pipe two rows for each straw 5 inches long and 2 inches wide on an ungreased cookie sheet.

The reduced-butter cheese straw recipe calls for the use of a food processor. To the processor bowl, add 1 stick of room temperature butter, 2 cups of room temperature shredded cheddar cheese, 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Mix until a soft dough ball forms. Use a cookie press with a flat rigid tip to form the cheese straws. To roll the dough out and cut with a knife, first refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.

Bake either recipe at 300 F for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Place straws on a rack to cool.