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Cheese Straws



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the butter into thin pieces, approximately tablespoon-size, and beat with an electric hand mixer in a very large mixing bowl until butter is soft. Add all the cheese and beat with the butter until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the mustard.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and hot red pepper. Add to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Form into a ball.
  3. Press dough out with a cookie press into straws, following manufacturer’s instructions, or use the following procedure: Divide dough into fourths. On waxed paper, roll each piece into a rectangle 1/3-inch thick. Use a pastry wheel to cut dough into 4- by 1/2-inch strips. Move straws onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 15 minutes, until light brown. Watch carefully, as overly browned straws aren’t tasty. Cool on a rack.