Cheese Straws

Cheese straws seasoned with Italian seasoning and cayenne

Crispy, flaky and incredibly addictive, these Cheese Straws can be made at home, with just five ingredients.   These flavorful bread sticks are a perfect match for a bowl of soup.  They’re also a crowd pleasing finger-food for parties.

Flaky cheese straws made with cheddar cheese

How to Make Cheese Straws with Puff Pastry

Here’s how to make perfect cheese straws in no time:

Using store-bought puff pastry, you can put together this recipe in no time.  I thaw frozen pastry dough overnight in the refrigerator.  This allows the dough to come to temperature gradually.

✓ I unfold the pastry, which is typically sectioned in 3 panels, and brush olive oil on it.  I season it with an Italian spice blend and add some cayenne for a kick.  But you can add any herbs of your choice and skip cayenne too.

✓ Then, I spread an even layer of shredded cheese.  I personally like using cheddar cheese or freshly grated parmesan cheese for this recipe.  But customize it with your favorite cheese.  I have found that thinly shredded cheese works better here as it sticks better.  If you check out the video, you’ll agree with me.

✓ Now, place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the cheese, and using a rolling-pin, or a heavy bottom skillet, press down the cheese into the dough.  We want it to stick to the dough as much as possible.

✓ Remove the wrap and cut the dough in 1 inch strips.  I find it easier to cut the dough into thirds, following the natural divisions.  Then, it’s easier for me to cut it into three even strips per panel.

✓ Carefully lift each strip from the edges and start twisting in the opposite direction.  How much you twist it, will haven an impact on the end texture.  If you prefer a more bread-like crispness, twist it in big turns.  But if you like it extra crispy, twist it real tight.

✓ Place them on a lined baking tray.  Sprinkle any leftover cheese over the top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 400°F, for about 13-15 minutes.  Allow them to cool for 15 minutes after baking, to turn crisp.

Cheese Straws out of the oven

Serving Suggestion for These Easy Cheese Straws

My kids and I love these cheese straws with a bowl of Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup.  We almost always have this combination.

We enjoy them with Chili too.

Cheese straws make great finger foods for cocktails or parties.  When I’m making them for a larger group, I cut them in the middle.  This way the portion is perfect for my guests.

When my kids have friends over, I serve these with a bowl of warmed up marinara sauce.  Kids love to dip their cheese straws in that.

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup served with cheese straws

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Cheese straws seasoned with Italian seasoning and cayenne
Cheese Straws
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cooling Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Crispy, flaky and incredibly addictive, these Cheese Straws can be made at home, with just five ingredients. These flavorful bread sticks are a perfect match for a bowl of soup. They’re also a crowd pleasing finger-food for parties.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese straws recipe, easy cheese straws, puff pastry cheese straws
Servings: 9
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 Sheet of Puff Pastry (store-bought)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (adjust salt based on content)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (finely grated)
Instructions
  1. Using store-bought puff pastry, you can put together this recipe in no time. I thaw out frozen pastry dough overnight, in the refrigerator. This allows the dough to come to temperature gradually.

  2. I unfold the pastry, which is typically sectioned in 3 panels, and brush olive oil on it. I season it with an Italian spice blend and add some cayenne for a kick. But you can add any herbs of your choice and skip cayenne too.

  3. Then, I spread an even layer of shredded cheese. I personally like using cheddar cheese or freshly grated parmesan cheese for this recipe. You can customize it with your favorite cheese. 

  4. Now, place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the cheese, and using a rolling pin, or a heavy bottom skillet, press down the cheese into the dough. We want it to stick to the dough as much as possible.

  5. Remove the wrap and cut the dough in 1 inch strips. I find it easier to cut the dough into thirds, following the three divisions. Then, it’s easier for me to cut it into three even strips per panel.

  6. Carefully lift each strip from both edges and start twisting in the opposite direction. How much you twist it, will haven an impact on the end texture. If you prefer a more bread-like crispness, twist it in big turns. But if you like it extra crispy, twist it real tight.

  7. Place them on a lined baking tray. Sprinkle any leftover cheese over the top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 400°F, for about 13-15 minutes. Allow them to cool for 15 minutes after baking, to turn crisp.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

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