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Savory Cheese Cookies

Updated on December 22, 2011

How to make cheese cookies

Cheese straws, sometimes called “cheese wafers,” are very popular in the South. They’re often served at showers, afternoon teas, Bridge parties, wedding receptions, and at other gatherings. The traditional cheese straw is crisp, and I often make this type of cheese wafer. Today, however, I tried something a little different. I made a softer version of the old fashioned-cheese straws, and they turned out great! These cheese cookies are similar to miniature Red Lobster cheese biscuits, only they’re cheesier and spicier. Of course, you can make these as mild or as spicy as you like by adjusting the amount of cayenne.

For best results, use finely grated cheese for this cheese cookie recipe. Most people prefer using sharp cheddar, but I usually prefer a cheddar-Colby blend. Sometimes I even add a tablespoon or two of grated parmesan to the mix. You might also want to include other herbs and spices in the cheese cookies. Add or substitute ingredients to make the recipe your own! You might want to include chipotle powder, dried basil, chili powder, cumin, or dried oregano.

My cheese cookies - a softer, chewier version of old-fashioned cheese straws.
My cheese cookies - a softer, chewier version of old-fashioned cheese straws.

Holle’s Cheese Cookie Recipe

What you’ll need:

1 stick salted butter, softened

2 ¼ cups grated cheese

1 cup self-rising flour

½ cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon Lawry’s garlic salt with parsley

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions: Combine all ingredients. The only way I’ve found to do this effectively is to use both hands. Actually, I have to use someone else’s hands because I have severe carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’ve never made cheese straws before, you might get frustrated by trying to create a cohesive dough from the listed ingredients – you’ll think it’s too dry. Don’t give up! As the butter and cheese soften due to being worked by your hands, the dough will form.

Pinch the dough together to form small clumps of balls, about one inch in diameter. You can’t usually “roll” the dough – you have to press it into a ball. Once you have a ball, flatten it to create a cookie. Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie or baking sheet, about two inches apart. Bake at 300 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Cheese cookies will be very soft, but they’ll firm up after being removed from the oven.

The cheese cookies make great party snacks, and they’re also good with breakfast. They go especially well with a good hot cup of coffee!


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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      These sound delicious! I could definitely see eating them for breakfast, too. :)

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      oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

      habee Hi.Love the look and sound of this recipe,also the fact that you can add or subtract certain ingredients is a bonus.

      Thank you for sharing it with us.

      Happy New Year. :):)

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Vianasya, thanks mucho!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      for real, jenu! I got to the point where I never wanted to see sweets again. lol

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      vianasya 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Cookie..cookie..! Looks very delicious, habee. Nice share. :)

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Yummy, where the heck is that button already? Great alternative cookie recipe for I am sure there are a lot of people with a holiday sweet cookie hangover by now.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, LL! Nope, these cheese cookies aren't sweet...but they're very good! Hope you and your bunch have a great Christmas!

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I have to admit I was intrigued by the title. They do sound delicious, and I'm glad that they're not sweet.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, these cheese cookies go great with breakfast. lol. Hope you and your family have an awesome Christmas and New Year's!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Love it. Have a Merry, Merry Christmas!