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Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese or blue cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cayenne pepper, more or less
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Put the butter and cheese in the container of a food processor.
  • Add the flour, salt, cayenne, and worcestershire.
  • Cover and blend thoroughly.
  • If a food processor is not used, put the flour , salt and cayenne in a bowl. Add the butter, cheese, and Worcestershire, and using two knives or a pastry blender, blend thoroughly.
  • Use a cookie press outfitted with a hounds tooth or star dispenser.
  • Push the dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet to make individual straws.
  • Or, if desired, roll the dough out to a 1/8-inch thickness and cut it into individual strips, which can be twisted if desired, or other shapes.
  • Arrange the pieces on 1 or 2 ungreased baking sheets.
  • Place the baking sheet or sheets in the oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until the straws are crisp and lightly browned.
  • If you wish a darker color let them cook longer. Remove and let cool.
  • Makes about 6 dozen

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