Cheese straws

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Serves: 10

By HelenMumsnet

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  • 50g self-raising flour

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 25g soft butter

  • 20g Parmesan grated

  • 80g Red Leicester finely grated


  1. Preheat oven to 200C/gas mark 6.
  2. Mix all ingredients together, either by hand or in a food processor. It might look crumbly but that's OK. Knead it all together.
  3. Roll it out quite thinly on a floured board. Cut into short strips or stamp out into star shapes with a star-shaped cookie cutter and put on a non-stick, greased or lined tray in the oven for 10 minutes. Cool cheese straws on a wire rack.

Handy Hint

Check the cheese straws after 8 minutes - some of my batches were definitely done by then.

Additional Information

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids party

  • Kids can help

  • cheese

  • bread

  • Christmas

  • Snack

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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  • 02/11/12 14:28

    Love it! If you want to mix it up we also made them in little balls and cooked a few mins extra

  • songbird85 23/09/12 15:49

    Errrrm great recipe but for some strange reason its listed as dairy free!!!

  • jurassica22 08/08/12 17:22

    We just made these very tasty cheese straws & was delighted with the results. I added 1/2 tsp colemans mustard powder an egg & a splash of milk, as these tips were on other recipes & it worked great. I also brushed the straws with alittle leftover beaten egg & sprinkled abit of parmesan on top - 'Delicious'... Thanks Nigella xx

  • rufus81 09/04/12 14:38

    I have just made these with my 4year old and she loves them! will be making these again :)

  • stmarg 09/04/12 12:28

    Love it everytime, thank you for sharing with us. xx

  • KiBe 19/05/11 13:35

    Parmesan isn't vegetarian by the way! Most of it is made with animal rennet. However, I will be trying this an substituting for a vegetarian hard cheese.

  • mum2oneloudbaby 17/02/10 11:27

    Fantastic, scrummy and super easy. DD loved squishing it altogether. And would be easy to adapt with different cheeses and spices.

  • jeanetteb672 30/11/09 09:27

    they are going on my christmas buffet spread this year ... homemade tasty snacks xmas guests/family will be impressed .. i used a pinch of paprika pepper instead of cayenne tasted lovely

  • feedthegoat 12/11/09 21:39

    Lovely and very simple.

  • DuchessOfAvon 23/07/09 17:47

    Yummy and so easy. Made a nice change for lunch.

  • HelenMumsnet 21/05/09 13:42

    Yummy party-food snacks for kids or adults.