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VeryVera Cheese Straws

  • Prep Time: 45m
  • Cook Time: 12m
  • Total Time: 57m

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (4 cups) Cracker Barrel® sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c shortening, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Grate the cheese using a rotary grater or the finest setting on a box grater.
  3. With a mixer on medium to high speed, cream the butter and shortening until soft.
  4. Add the cheese and mix well.
  5. Sift the flour, salt, mustard, and cayenne pepper together in a separate bowl. Add to the cheese mixture in three additions, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Fill a cookie press with the cheese dough.
  7. Using the saw-toothed disk, dispense onto a cookie sheet. Each cheese straw should be about 1 inch in length.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese straws are just starting to turn golden brown at the edges.
  9. Carefully transfer the cheese straws to a wire rack for cooling.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.