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Easy Cheese Straws Recipe

This easy cheese straws recipe makes grissini style cheese sticks that are perfect nibbles for cocktails or your charcuterie boards and cheese plates, or simply serve them with a homemade olive tapenade or dish of olives and your favourite drinks. Made with just a handful of ingredients – butter, flour, your choice of cheeses, and spices – they take just 30 minutes to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 24 Pieces
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Lara Dunston


  • 80 g butter
  • 110 g plain flour
  • 20 g Cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 10 g Gruyere cheese finely grated
  • 10 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese finely grated
  • ½ tsp ground paprika
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp coarse sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/400°C.
  • Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Slice the butter into cubes and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the flour to the mixing bowl and using the back of a dessert spoon rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Use your fingers towards if needed to ensure there are no lumps of butter.
  • Set aside a teaspoon of finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano, then add the remaining grated cheeses, ground paprika, chilli, and garlic and onion powders, and combine. If needed add a tablespoon of water or two to form a dough.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on the kitchen counter, roll out the dough and shape it into a rectangle that’s 14cm wide and 24 cm long. It should be around 1cm thick.
  • Working from top to bottom (or vice versa), use a ruler to slice the dough into 1cm wide sticks. If you want long sticks, they’ll be 14cm long; if you prefer shorter sticks, slice them in half for sticks that are 7cm in length. Or you could do a mix of both.
  • Before separating the sticks, evenly sprinkle on the cheese that you set aside, along with coarse sea salt, and press it lightly into the dough.
  • Use a fish slice to carefully separate the sticks and slide them onto the baking tray, evenly spacing them in rows, and bake for 20 minutes or so until golden-brown.
  • Allow to cool before serving.


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg