If you live in the South, you know the joys of cheese straws. Perfect with a CoCola or a big ole glass of sweet tea and a wedding or baby shower is not complete without some cheese straws set out in a pretty glass dish to complete the menu. I love cheese straws but I usually purchased mine from a local bakery until I decided that I too could learn to make cheese straws. The price of this treat was another motivation! Some of our local places are very proud of their cheese straws and charge accordingly.
I tried several recipes until I found this one!
Here are my tips for cheese straws....grate your cheese while it is cold but let it come to room temperature before you make your dough. Of course your butter needs to be at room temperature as well. I cut my butter into cubes so that it is easier to incorporate into the cheese. Cream your butter and cheese together, then add the flour with the paprika, cayenne and salt whisked in. This is a VERY stiff batter. I really appreciated my Kitchen Aid mixer when making this recipe.
Now to pressing your cheese straws. I had a Wilton Cookie press that lasted all of three recipes before the plastic parts started giving out. I think that press was made for lighter cookie dough and not cheese straw dough! So I went to Ebay looking for an OLD metal cookie press. I found one for about $8. The shipping was as much as the cookie press but I was ready to go back to the good old days of metal cookie presses.
I am hoping my new Old cookie press will hold out for many more recipes!!