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twisted cheese straws on platter

Easy Cheese Straws Recipe

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 364kcal
These easy homemade cheese straws are the perfect savory snack to share with friends and family. Made with puff pastry, they are perfectly crispy and cheesy and a breeze to make!
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  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Gruyere or Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sweet paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Dipping Sauce; your favorite


  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface and spray it lightly with nonstick spray. Lay the puff pastry on top and place a 2nd sheet of sprayed parchment over the puff pastry.
  • Use a rolling pin to slightly flatten the puff pastry into a 10x11-inch rectangle. Carefully remove the top parchment. Spread the pastry evenly with a thin layer of 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard. Sprinkle ½ cup shredded cheese over the mustard and top with 1/3 cup grated Parmesan. Lightly & evenly sprinkle the Parmesan with sweet paprika, kosher salt and ground black pepper. Replace the top parchment paper and press the cheeses & seasonings into the pastry by rolling the pin back and forth a few times.
  • Flip the parchment-encased pastry over and remove what is now the top parchment. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Use a pastry brush to evenly coat the top-facing side of pastry. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup shredded cheese and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan.
  • Replace the top parchment paper and, again, roll the pastry with the rolling pin to press the cheese into the pastry. Remove the top piece of parchment paper.
  • Use a large, sharp knife or a pizza cutter to trim off the rough edges of the dough. Cut the pastry into 14 equal (3/4-inch) strips the length of the dough. Beginning in the middle of each strip of dough, gently twist each strip of pastry and place them on the prepared baking sheet 1-inch apart. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  • While the dough cools in the fridge, adjust the oven rack to the middle positions and preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Place the cooled cheese straws on the baking sheet to the oven and bake 12-16 minutes or until golden brown and fully puffed, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking. (The cheese straws will crisp a little after removing from the oven.) Cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet before serving.
  • Serve with honey mustard, cheese sauce or your favorite dipping sauces. Enjoy!


  • Makes 14 Cheese Straws
  • Thaw one sheet of puff pastry, covered with a damp cloth, on the counter as the oven is preheating. Grate the cheese (it is very important to use freshly grated cheese and NOT packaged shredded cheese. Four sheets of parchment paper are needed for this recipe.
  • Once the cheese straws are completely cooled, store in an airtight container up to 2 days at room temperature. The cheese straws will soften a little in the container. They can be reheated at 425°F for a few minutes if crispy straws are preferred.
  • The cheese straws can also be frozen, just place the cooled straws in a zipper-style freezer bag and freeze up to 1 month. Reheat, from frozen, as directed above, 15-20 minutes or until heated through and crispy. The cheese straws will crisp a little after removing from the oven.


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 650mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 411IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 2mg