Southern 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 - The Southern Lady Cooks
Southern Cheese Straws - The Southern Lady Cooks
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Southern Cheese Straws

Judy Yeager
Southern Cheese Straws are a wonderful appetizer and classic for a reason. They have been around a long time and are great for any gathing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 5 dozen


  • 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.
Keyword Southern Cheese Straws
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