Monday, October 30, 2017

CHEESE STRAWS TO DIE FOR!

By Mary Kennedy                                                 

It doesn't matter how you shape them, cheese straws are a delicious treat and go with everything from iced tea to minosas.  I first learned about cheese straws when I lived down south, and I included them in my Dream Club mysteries. When the ladies in the Dream Club meet to discuss their dreams (and solve a murder or two), they often nibble on cheese straws. Taylor and Ali Blake (who host the meetings in their apartment above the vintage candy shop) know how to put on a spread, and in Savannah, that's saying a lot. As one of my friends says, you don't have to be a foodie to live in Savannah, but it helps!

                                                                             


So here goes with the recipe, it is incredibly easy! 

Cheddar Cheese Straws

2 sticks of butter
1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated by hand
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups Rice Krispies

Mix first 5 ingredients with a fork, then add Rice Krispies. Use your hands to make sure the Rice Krispies are distributed evenly. Now, cover the bowl and chill for 2 hours.

Roll into small balls, then flatten them on an ungreased cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Flatten then with a fork in a crisscross pattern. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 60 of these delicious treats.

You can also make a rolled out version and cut in strips or straw, but this version is easier.
                                                                        
                                                  
My version actually looks like cookies.
                                                                             

Bon appetit! 

Mary Kennedy
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