Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Best Cheese Straws Recipe

I found out recently that a part time social media job I've been doing for a statewide website will be coming to an end, as the website is being sold to a private company.  While it wasn't a lot of money, it did pay at least 2/3rds of the grocery bill each month, if not more.  So we need to find a way to tighten our budget even more.  We've already cut out so much that it's hard to find additional ways to trim, but the most obvious area is the grocery store.  While we raise our own chickens and eggs, and garden, there are many things we purchase weekly from the store.  I'm going to try to trim that back for now.  And as a result of trimming that back, I'm trying out new, portable snacks that I can make for the boys at home.   

My Baylor cookbook has a recipe called The Best Cheese Straws.  I had never made them before, but let me tell you - instant hit in my family!  They are divine.  If you're craving some cheesy goodness you will love these.  Just the right combination of softness and crispness, with a wonderful flavor, they are the perfect snack for kids and adults alike.


Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) package extra sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/2 cup butter (not margarine), softened
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 3/4 cups flour

In a large mixer bowl, beat cheese with butter, salt, and cayenne.  Add flour, a small amount at a time.  Mix well.  Put dough in a cookie press using the ribbon disc.  Make long strips on a cookie sheet and cut into preferred sizes.  Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes.  Yield: 2-3 dozen.

If you don't have a cookie press, you could roll this into long snakes and trim into the size you want.  They wouldn't be as pretty, but they would still taste just as good!

25 comments:

Buttons said...

Oh Lisa I am sorry there seems to be a lot of this going on. This sounds good. B

Maple Lane said...

I love cheese straws and these sound easy to make - thanks!

Jeremi said...

i am always drawn to your recipes!! this looks GOOD : )

andy said...

Your recipes are great! Have a great day

JDaniel4's Mom said...

These look wonderful. I will have to make them in the fall when my husband's family comes to visit. They love cheese straws.

Barbara said...

I am so going to make this!! Thank you!

Clairejustine said...

These look yummy,I love cheese straws my grandma always made them for me when I was little :)

Jill said...

So sorry about the loss of this job for you. It's so hard now.

These look and sound wonderful! Glad they were a hit.

Terri Buster said...

I'll be praying that another door will open for you! These look YUM!

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Valerie said...

I love cheese straws and I will definitely be trying these!

I'm sorry about that job coming to an end, but from what I know about you-you are resourceful and I know you will find ways to reduce your grocery spending. And hopefully another opportunity will be on the horizon soon:)

TexWisGirl said...

i'm sorry about the loss of your pt job. i know gigs like that don't come around often.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Uh - YUM! These look GOOD. Thx for sharing!

Sorry to hear about the job, that stinks. Thinking of you guys and hope you find something else that works!

Ginny said...

These look wonderful!!! They sell these at Target, Archer Farms brand, and I do like them, but these would be a whole step above the store bought! I am sorry about that job, hope you can find something else maybe.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I am sorry for your loss...I hope you find another income

Sandy said...

I eat low carb so this recipe is right up my alley. I will make some this weekend. Sorry about the job going south. Maybe you will find something else.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I'm sorry about the job--I hope something else will come along for you.

Those cheese straws look wonderful--I am a mouse when it comes to cheese.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Oh those sound super yummy! I might even up the cayenne dose.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Oh my, those sounds so tasty.
Did they love them?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Sorry about your little part-time job, Lisa. Hope you can find another one...

The cheese straws look delicious. I love anything CHEESE...
Hugs,
Betsy

My Journey With Candida said...

Oh wow... those look good and sound so easy.

I need to check your blog for zucchini recipes, but today I am playing catch up. I was gone all day yesterday at the Cleveland Clinic with the Hubs. He will need knee surgery.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

I've made those and they are sooooo good.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Those seem so yummy! I'm going to have to try them!

Sorry about the part-time gig, though.

Grandma Bonnie said...

Thank you for the recipe. I will be making this for our Sunday evening snack. It sounds like a winner.

Rita said...

So sorry for your situation. However it is a story I hear very often of late. Even us old retired folks are having to cut back because that fixed income just does not go as far as it needs to.

Having children really makes it harder because they do not yet understand about earnings and budgets etc.