Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cheese Straws .

Dig out the old aluminum cookie press you inherited from your grandmother for this one.

8 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound cheddar cheese
1 3/4 cups flour
salt to taste
cayenne pepper (how much? how hot?)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire

Preheat the oven to 300 °F.
Put the butter and cheese in a food processor. Add flour, salt, cayenne, and Worcestershire. Blend thoroughly. Or, if you don't want to dirty up the processor, use two knives or a pastry blender to blend thoroughly.
Put the hounds tooth or star disk in the cookie press. Push the dough through it onto an ungreased baking sheet to make individual straws. Or, you can roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into individual strips. You can twist these if you wish. The straws will fill up one or two baking sheets.
Bake 20-25 minutes, or until crisp and lightly browned. Remove and let cool.
Makes about 6 dozen.