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Pimento Cheese Straws

These Pimento Cheese Straws are crispy, spicy, flaky, and cheesy. The perfect combination for these delicious snacks you won’t be able to stop eating!

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What is a cheese straw?

A Cheese Straw is small, thin strip of pastry (like a cookie) that is made of cheese and other spices, that are baked and then eaten as a light snack.

Six years after we moved Waycross and I started to eat these tasty cheese straws amongst other goodies.

When called upon to make some of those delectable bites for a party, Judy, my mother in law, had a brilliant idea to make them even better. Pimento cheese straws!

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Ingredients Needed

Flour – Use pastry flour or all purpose flour for this recipe. I haven’t tested it with gluten free flours or flour alternatives.

Cheese – I use a block of sharp cheddar cheese and grate it myself for better mixing.

Butter – Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt.

Pimentos – Drain the pimentos really well before mixing.

Spices – Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes.

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How to make cheese straws

First: Heat the oven to 350 F. Using a stand mixer or food processor, mix butter and cheese together.

When butter and cheese are incorporated add in the pimento, juice, and seasonings and mix briefly. Add the flour and mix until a dough-like consistency.

Second: Pull dough out of mixer bowl, place on a lightly floured surface, and form dough into a ball. At this point, you can wrap in plastic and store in the fridge until you are ready to bake. If chilling first, make sure you bring to room temperature before attempting to shape into balls/straws unless you need an upper body workout.

Third: Shape, roll, or cut your straws into the desired shape.

Fourth: Once formed, bake the pimento cheese straws on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 25 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges.

Cool on rack and store in airtight container for up to 4 days. You can also freeze for up to 3 months for a soiree at a later date!

*I like the straw shape over a cookie shape myself. Since my cookie press does not have enough strength, I actually use a child’s playdough apparatus (purchased new, sterilized, and used for cheese straws alone) to make mine. This way my kids can join in the fun too!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Pimento Cheese Straws

These savory, crispy pimento cheese straws get an update with the flavor of pimento cheese!
4.60 from 10 votes
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Course: Snacks to Share
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 543kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pimento juice
  • 1 tablespoon pimentos chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 dash Tabasco
  • 1 1/2 cups pastry flour AP flour can be substituted


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Using a stand mixer or food processor, mix butter and cheese briefly.
  • When butter and cheese are combined, add the juice, pimentos, and seasonings.
  • Mix briefly.
  • Add the flour and mix until just combined.
  • Knead dough and form into a ball.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until baking.
  • Set the dough out for about 10 minutes before shaping.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown.
  • Cool on a cooling rack before storing in an airtight container.
  • These freeze well so you can make in advance!


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 608mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g

(Recipe adapted from Mrs. L.H. Dunham, Southern Sideboards, Taylor Publishing, 1978.)

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Recipe Rating


Monday 20th of August 2018

What a great twist on a classic! Can't wait to make them.


Saturday 18th of August 2018

What a great twist on a classic! Can't wait to make them.

Ann-Louise Potochnik

Thursday 19th of October 2017

You had a link, I think, for a coffee pretzel snack. The blogger makes her own spice blends. I cannot find your blog that mentioned that. Can you PLEASE send me that link? Thank you! I am so happy with your site, I will never be able to make all the things that sound so good, the fun will be in trying!!

Thursday 19th of October 2017

Are you referring to my Pumpkin Spice Espresso Pretzels? or the French Onion Pretzels The french onion one references Sallys Baking Addiction where she makes her own seasoning mix but also has a link for a book of how to make 10 of your own spice mixes. I hope this help and I hope you have fun making my recipes. Thank you for reading and shoot me a pic so I can see your finished product:)

Anna @ Anna Can Do It!

Saturday 16th of April 2016

Oh, Yay for the cheesy snacks! Looks delicious, great recipe! - Love, Anna

Saturday 30th of April 2016

Thanks Anna!

Anna @ Anna Can Do It!

Saturday 16th of April 2016

Oh, Yay for the cheesy snacks! Looks delicious, great recipe! - Love, Anna