Easy Whole Wheat Cheese Straws.
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
- 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.
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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.
104 Comments on “Easy Whole Wheat Cheese Straws.”
I’m glad these can be made with regular whole wheat flour. Homegirl doesn’t have pastry flour. I’m not so much gifted with the bake. :) I love the squiggle- very fancy pants. These would be awesome with all kinds of cheese, too. Pepperjack alongside some of your chicken tortilla soup, perhaps?
I wouldn’t use regular whole wheat flour – I think they would be too gritty. But all purpose flour is fine!
oh man, i love how the cheese straws are squiggly shaped… makes my day
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” :)
I didn’t even know that whole grain cheez-it’s exist!
these. look. AWESOME!
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Hahaha! Girl, I only post the pretty ones. The majority of them look like trolls. Thanks for the shout! :)
Yum, those are really cute and I’m thinking…perfect for a bowl of soup.
Yes! Would be delicious in soup.
These look like a lot of fun to make! Thanks for posting it. Love that yours turned out “crinkle cut”!
i love this refreshing use of wheat! i won’t feel as guilty. ha!
pretty stoked to try these with different mixes of cheese and spices!
you have the best recipes!
Do you pick a new recipe for every day?
I usually post a new recipe 5-6 times a week, yes.
oh boy, these are right up my alley. lets eat them all (in one sitting) (with wine).
The sad thing is I’d dip these in cheese and eat them.
Ohhh cheese straws are my FAVORITE! And I agree, all those nibbles and pieces here and there never EVER count ;)
Tastes like Cheez-its?!?! Count me in! I love Cheez-its!
Who doesn’t? Yum!
Really? Cheez it in a stick form. I’m so in!!!
I love the fancy waviness!
You had me at cheese.
Yum! These look fabulous :)
These look so amazing!!
Congrats on the top 9!
very clever crimping them on the tray…great post, thanks for sharing :))
They look and sound delicious, Jessica! I love how they baked up on the rack!
These are really interesting..I bet tasty too!
Beautiful photos! Congrats!
Love the idea of the dough falling through on the rack, such a fun, creative idea!!! These sound delicious!!!
Congrats on making the top 9!
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!!!
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!
I love those cheese straws! How creative. Thanks for the abundance of holiday recipes.
These taste amazing! My family is gobbling them up. They’re fast to make also. Perfect afternoon snack.
Can you use all purpose flour instead of wheat pastry flour?
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One can’t have enough of cheese straws. Baking them on the grill is a great idea. They look much fancier than the simple sticks baked on a tray.
So easy to make and taste so light and delicious. I like them better then regular all purpose flour.