Saturday, October 2, 2010
Fall has started and that means that it's time to start baking! One thing that I love to bake is a super simple savory treat that you can literally make in under an hour-Cheese straws. Oh yeah....Cheese! (I immediately started saying it like Wallace from the Wallace and Gromit fame). This wonderful little cracker has a nice little spicy bite that will make your mouth happy.
2 sticks of butter
1/2 lb of sharp shredded cheddar cheese (you could try other cheeses but cheddar is traditional)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cups all purpose flour
Cream the cheese and butter together. Mix dry ingredients together. Slowly add in dry mix. You can use your cookie press to makes these, again the traditional way or you can roll into little marbles and press with a fork on a cookie sheet. Press them so they look like Peanut Butter cookies. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 375 (start at 5 minutes and go up from there). Don't let them get too brown.
I usually make these in my cookie press with the star template but I was really lazy and didn't want to walk all of 5 stairs to the basement and pick up the press and then walk all the way back up.So, I made them into cracker/cookie like disc. No matter, they are still just as delicious.
These spicy morsels are great for a party, watching the football game (Go Heels!) or watching that super scary movie. The best part about these little guys, the smell reminds me of the holidays and I get all sentimental. Now, if you'll excuse me-I'm gonna go reminisce over a cracker.