The main reason I get inspired to cook is because I am money conscious. (My husband calls it cheap, but I like my way of putting it better!) I adore cheese straws. Seriously, they are one of my favorite things ever. It’s that serious. However, they easily go for $6 a box or more, and at that price I don’t get them that often. Actually, I’d recently discovered a bakery by my house that has the most melt in your mouth cheese straws that I’ve ever tasted. They’re seventy cents apiece, however, so also too rich for my blood. Bearing this all in mind, I decided to try to take it on. I don’t have a lot of confidence in my cooking, so even though I found a recipe online and got the ingredients it still took me a few days to give it a try. When I did I sure was glad I had! Here is the recipe:
10 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese (of course if you’re feeling adventurous you could always substitute your choice here)
1 ½ cups butter, softened
1 ½ tsp salt
1-2 tsp. ground red pepper
½ tsp ground smoked paprika
4 cups all purpose flour
Beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, beating just until combined. Roll out with pin and cut dough into desired straws. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
With all the holiday parties coming our way this is a great recipe for entertaining! Enjoy!