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SOUTHERN CHEESE STRAWS

Cheese StrawsJust about everyone from the South knows about cheese straws.   My Mississippi Mother-in-Law would serve these little cheese sticks when she had her lady friends over for tea or to visit.  They are great to serve at parties. Cheese straws make great snacks and are good with a dip.  They keep well in an airtight container in the fridge.  I like them as a snack during the day when I get hungry! Children love them and they are fun to make.

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and at room temperature
8 tablespoons butter or margarine or 1 stick, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cayenne
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted (Put seeds on baking sheet and toast in 325 degree oven about 10 minutes until brown)
 
Combine all ingredients and keep mixing until you can form a ball. (I do this with my hands. It’s kind of like making sausage balls. You have to work the butter and cheese into the flour).  Roll out dough as thin as possible and cut strips 4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.  Bake on ungreased baking sheet in preheated 400 degree oven  for 15 minutes until brown. Can turn during baking.  Makes about five dozen cheese sticks. Enjoy!
Cheese StrawsCheese StrawsIf you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Biscuit Twists.
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