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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  • MayorOfWhere 08/09/18 15:57

    Made with a pinch of paprika (because that’s what I had), cheddar, Parmesan and doves gluten free self raising flour. They came out lovely but spread quite a bit. My 4 year old enjoyed helping make them, cutting out lots of shapes and then actually ate some!😱 total winner!

  • CanIHaveChocolatePlease 05/07/17 11:24

    I used normal grated red cheddar and grated mozerella cheese instead of the Red Leicester and the Parmesan cheese. They were nice but the mixture was very hard to mix as it was so crumbly so unfortunately they looked more like chicken nuggets than cheese straws but at least they tasted nice!

  • 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.