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JK's Spicy Cheese Straws

This original cheese straw recipe will be something you'll want to file away when you need a quick gift or party favor for your next cocktail hour.  It is totally a southern thing which is why I have it in my kitchen repertoire.  They are tasty and crunchy and ADDICTIVE!   While there are a million recipes out there, they can be a bit finicky if you've never made them before.  Use this one for a fool-proof recipe for your recipe box........

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Preheat Oven to 300℉

Makes 5 dozen...... enough for happy hour! 



  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 cup of room temperature butter (2 sticks)

  • 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese at room temperature

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour ( mix in 1/2 cup at a time)

Mixin' it Up

Take your flour, salt, cayenne and red pepper flakes into a bowl sifting these ingredients as finely as possible. In your mixer, creme your butter and cheese and add the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time until everything is mixed thoroughly and smooth. Place into a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for an hour.  Take out and put into your cookie press using the squiggly attachment. See below.  Cutting them into 1-inch x 2-inch pieces. ( You can roll them out onto floured parchment paper about 1/2 inch thick cutting in strips and press with a fork... it will give you almost the same look if you don't have a press) I usually sprinkle them lightly with sea salt on an ungreased cookie sheet or pan.  The pan below was my grandmother's biscuit pan and since we were moving it was the closest thing I had available.   BTW I have her special biscuit cutter and biscuit recipe which is up for another blog!!


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New West Styling Tips

Since I offered to help @foxtailbooks style her table for her recent women's cocktail party, I decided to throw in my spicy cheese straws as a savory give away.  I usually put 8-9 straws in a clear plastic goodie bag from Michaels and tie with a sweet ribbon that matches your color scheme.  @xowyopaper offered up these cute blue tags and they are a local bunch of gals who LOVE printing anything adorable.  They are very kind to me as I am last minute with my great ideas. They printed up the cute tags and had them hole punched ready to attach to the little bag.  Your guests will love this treat (and they last up to a week even though they have cheese in them....) I also do them for clients who request them as a gift for their clients.  Give me a call if you need a bunch for your next party favor.


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Can’t wait for you to send me a photo of your JK's Spicy Cheese Straws Styled and eaten! Please tag @stylingthenewwest! or Email