Saturday, March 21, 2015
I was pleased with my first effort but feel the next batch will be even better now that I know what I am doing. Here is the recipe...
8 oz of sharp cheddar( I bought the block kind, let it sit on the counter and then grated it)
1/4 c soft butter( I used Margarine as it was all I had on hand and it was fine)
1 c All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp sale
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper( My family said they were not hot enough so I will add a bit more next time)
Preheat oven to 350
Combine butter and cheese and beat until it mixes together.
In a small bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper and whisk together. Add slowly to the cheese mixture. Now this is where you have to let it beat a while in the mixer and I am so thankful for my Kitchen Aid that mixes on its own without me having to push the bowl around like I would have on my old stand mixer. After it beats for a while, the dough will begin to smooth out and form a ball, similar to dough.
Put the dough in the cookie press. Mine was a Wilton and it worked great. My cookie press says to avoid using parchment paper when using this press so I used my big non stick cookie sheet. You will place your cookie press parallel to the cookie sheet and pull back. There will be a long ribbon of dough. I just used a knife to cut the pieces apart and I placed the cheese straws fairly close together on the tray. They do not rise so you have room. Place in oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. It took about 30 minutes for mine to become crispy, which is how I like them.
I am taking my batch of cheese straws to Baylor's birthday party but now that I know how easy they are to do, I will be making them for special occasions.