Clearly, it was a cheesy kind of weekend in the How Sweet house.

Even down to the part where Mr. How Sweet cut the sleeves off three Dale Earnhardt t-shirts.

It really happened.

And then he ate all my cheese straws. He was batting 1000.

This recipe was a first for me. I had never made cheese straws before, but boy am I glad I did. And honestly – you can’t even tell that these use whole wheat flour. They taste like Cheez-It’s in stick form!

Not only are they super delicious, but they are simple too. I ended up using a wire rack for mine, which resulted in a fancy pants cheese straw.

It happened by accident.

But it totally worked! Just remember to spray your rack with non-stick spray. If not, you will have a giant mess on your hands.

Which isn’t so bad, especially since said giant mess will most likely end up in your belly.

As a warning, there will be lots of breakage and crumbling pieces. But that’s the fun part about it. Lots of crumbs and rejects to eat. And since they are all little pieces they don’t really count or add up. They are calorieless.

Who knew cheese straws could be so easy? Go make some for lunch.



Easy Whole Wheat Cheese Straws

from Gourmet (with a few of my own modifications)

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/4 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

3/4 stick cold butter, cut into chunks

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine flour, cheese, salt and paprika into the food processor and pulse until mixer. Add cold butter and pulse until butter is in course crumbs. Stream in milk with processor running so dough comes together to form a ball.

Remove from food processor and lay on a floured surface. Flour a rolling pin and roll dough out until it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. It doesn’t have to be perfect and this depends on how thick you want the straws. Using a pizza cutter, cut straight strips of dough. Spray a baking sheet or wire rack with non-stick spray and lay dough on top. The strips of dough may rip, but just pinch them back together (you can see this in a photo above).

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool completely before moving from the sheet/rack. Some pieces will stay intact and others will break – just add them all to a bowl.


I’ll keep you posted on the state of Mr. How Sweet and his sleeves. Maybe I’ll even share some photos. It’s delightful.

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102 Responses to “Easy Whole Wheat Cheese Straws.”

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    jenny eats nutella from a spoon — December 14, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    oh man, i love how the cheese straws are squiggly shaped… makes my day

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    Corey @ the runner's cookie — December 14, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    Mmm I can smell those from here! Reminds me of the whole grain cheeeze-its, but I’m sure yours are way better and much more “natural” :)

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:55 am

      I didn’t even know that whole grain cheez-it’s exist!

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    Alyssa @ Life of bLyss — December 14, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

    these. look. AWESOME!

    and, just wanted to share a shoutout to you from yours truly: http://lifeofblyss.blogspot.com/

    my oreo balls are your oreo balls’ ugly cousins.

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:55 am

      Hahaha! Girl, I only post the pretty ones. The majority of them look like trolls. Thanks for the shout! :)

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    Janalyne — December 14, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    Yum, those are really cute and I’m thinking…perfect for a bowl of soup.

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:54 am

      Yes! Would be delicious in soup.

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    Aimee — December 14, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    These look like a lot of fun to make! Thanks for posting it. Love that yours turned out “crinkle cut”!

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    Elle Sees — December 14, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    i love this refreshing use of wheat! i won’t feel as guilty. ha!

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    Blair — December 14, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

    pretty stoked to try these with different mixes of cheese and spices!

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    steph — December 14, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    HOW CUTE!
    you have the best recipes!
    Do you pick a new recipe for every day?

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:50 am

      I usually post a new recipe 5-6 times a week, yes.

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    vanillasugarblog — December 14, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    oh boy, these are right up my alley. lets eat them all (in one sitting) (with wine).

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:49 am

      done.

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    Blond Duck — December 14, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

    The sad thing is I’d dip these in cheese and eat them.

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:49 am

      Same here.

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    Ellen@FirednFabulous — December 14, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

    Ohhh cheese straws are my FAVORITE! And I agree, all those nibbles and pieces here and there never EVER count ;)

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:49 am

      Never!

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    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — December 15, 2010 @ 12:10 am

    Tastes like Cheez-its?!?! Count me in! I love Cheez-its!

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:48 am

      Who doesn’t? Yum!

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    Kathleen — December 15, 2010 @ 2:22 am

    Really? Cheez it in a stick form. I’m so in!!!

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    Verelle — December 15, 2010 @ 2:30 am

    I love the fancy waviness!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 15, 2010 @ 3:19 am

    You had me at cheese.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 15, 2010 @ 3:30 am

    Yum! These look fabulous :)

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    Dimah — December 16, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    These look so amazing!!
    Congrats on the top 9!

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    Jenny @ meltingbutter — December 16, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    very clever crimping them on the tray…great post, thanks for sharing :))

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    Kim in MD — December 16, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    They look and sound delicious, Jessica! I love how they baked up on the rack!

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    Ingrid — December 16, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    These are really interesting..I bet tasty too!

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    Cheese Goddess — December 16, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

    Beautiful photos! Congrats!

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    Terra — December 16, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    Love the idea of the dough falling through on the rack, such a fun, creative idea!!! These sound delicious!!!

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    Pixie — December 16, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

    Congrats on making the top 9!

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    shannon — December 17, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Great idea!!! I love the way these look like real fries…I am totally ok with the extra bits and pieces…I would totally eat those!!!

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    Lindsay — December 18, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    I accidentally bought fat free cheddar cheese (blech!), but I thought that this might be a good way to use that up (butter makes everything better). They turned out SOOOOO good! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Brittany — December 19, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    I love those cheese straws! How creative. Thanks for the abundance of holiday recipes.

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    Brady — September 9, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    These taste amazing! My family is gobbling them up. They’re fast to make also. Perfect afternoon snack.

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    Erin — December 24, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Can you use all purpose flour instead of wheat pastry flour?

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