These Easy Cheese Straw Cookies have all the great flavor of classic Southern cheese straws, but with a fraction of the work.
Do you love the taste of homemade southern style cheese straws but hate all the fussiness involved with making them?
Whether you’re slicing and baking for perfectly round wafers or using a cookie press or pastry bag for dainty, thin straws, there’s certainly a degree of difficulty involved when making cheese straws.
Sure, they’re a classic when it comes to bridal and baby showers. And I’d bet you’d be hard pressed to find an afternoon wedding in the South that didn’t present some form of cheese straws on the menu. But, dang they can be a pain to make.
I absolutely love the Pimento Cheese Crisps in my cookbook made with that slice and bake method, but they take some serious time and a little finesse. So, we set out to share a recipe that gives you all the great flavor of traditional cheese straws, but with a fraction of the work.
This method starts with a pretty classic cheese straw dough – much like the one in my book. But this dough is simply scooped out with a cookie scoop. Once baked, the result is a perfectly crisp cheese wafer cookie with that distinct toasted cheese flavor. (Is there anything more delicious than nearly burnt cheese? I think not.)
You can even give these babies a little pizzazz but using the tines of a fork to gently press into the top of each dough ball giving you a little design and texture. If you find the fork starts sticking to the dough, just dip it in a little water or flour to help.
When we were working on this recipe, Heather kept calling them “Cheese Happies.” I just love that name and it kinda stuck! Each little cookie IS a little bite of happiness, so it’s the perfect nickname. And while “cheese happies” won’t show up in search results when you’re looking for the recipe, I did add it to the title because I just couldn’t resist.
Regardless of what you name them, I guarantee you’re going to call them delicious!
Whether you serve these up for your next shower, party, family gathering, or as a simple snack to have on-hand, I know you’re going to love how tasty these are – as well as just how easy they are to make! Y’all enjoy!
Cheese Straw Cookies
- 1 (8-ounce) block sharp cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne powder (use more or less to taste)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Use a box grater to shred the cheese.
- Use a mixer to blend the cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the salt, garlic powder, and cayenne and mix to combine. Gradually add the flour and mix well.
- Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough out and place it about 2-inches apart on the prepared pan. If desired, use a fork to gently press the tines into the top of each cookie. Dipping the fork in water will help if the dough sticks.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack. Work in batches until all the dough has been cooked. Store on the counter in an airtight container for up to a week.