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Cheese Straws - The Southern Lady Cooks

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.

Ingredients needed for Southern Cheese Straws

sharp cheddar cheese




All-purpose flour

Sesame seeds, toasted

These little treats are also the perfect addition to any Kentucky Derby Party. They go wonderful along with Kentucky Benedictine spread too.

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Southern Cheese Straws

These wonderful treats are a staple in the South. This is a classic recipe that you'll want to make over and over again.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Southern Cheese Straws
Servings: 5 dozen
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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.
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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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