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Just 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.

Cheese Straws

Ingredients for Southern Cheese Straws

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!
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  2. My aunt here in Mississippi owns the Mississippi cheese straw factory.

  3. Oh my goodness, this recipe is wonderful!!!!!

  4. Every year I throw a little Super Bowl party for my husband and son and every year I try to find something different to make. I have to make the same favorites like wings and such but I like to try a few new things also. These are perfect! I’m new to your FB but in the last hour I’ve copied about 22 recipes. I’m looking forward to becoming a regular to your page. Thank you, Judie

  5. These look good , and sound easy to make. Can;t wait to try them !!!

  6. I started making these when a new friend from the south served them at a tea. Love them.

  7. Those look great! I’m going to have to make them ASAP.

  8. I just love your blog!!! I am a Tennessee girl and the food that you cook is most like what I grew up eating and still eat! I print a lot of your recipes off and make them myself! Thank You So Much!

  9. oh wow! I have been bugging a friend for his recipe, now I have my own! LOL

  10. OH MY I love cheese straws my Mama used old Mirror cookie press

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