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When you're looking for something yummy, that's not sweet, and is really quick to make for a party, these cheese straws really fit the bill.

The dough can be made ahead and frozen. So when you're planning this is a do-ahead task that will save you time on the day of the event.

{Makes 18 cheese straws}

You'll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + a little for the board
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 pound of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons of cold water
  • Cooking spray
  • A little adult help

Equipment:

  • A food processor
  • A large cutting board
  • A rolling pin
  • A dinner knife
  • A cookie sheet
  • Oven mitts
  1. Measure the flour, butter and cayenne right into the bowl of a food processor. Work the mixture until it looks like corn meal.
  2. Add the cheese and process again in quick bursts. Add a few drops of water at a time, just enough to form a dough.
  3. Remove the dough and use your hands to form it into a ball. When it gets to this stage, the dough can be put in a zipper bag and frozen until you're ready to use it. Defrost at least 90 minutes before you need to use it.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)
  5. When you're ready to roll out the dough, shake and rub a little flour onto the board and rolling pin. Dust your hands with flour as well.
  6. Roll the dough out flat. Try to get it about 1/4 inch thick all over.
  7. Use the dinner knife to cut the dough into strips about 1/2 wide and about 3 inches long.
  8. Spray the cookie sheets with cooking spray.
  9. Transfer the strips to the cookie sheet. Give them a half twist as you lay them down.
  10. Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
  11. Put your oven mitts on and remove the cheese sticks from the oven.
  12. Let cool slightly and serve warm.

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