Parmesan-Black Pepper Southern Cheese Straws
Everyone loves cheese and crackers. We took cues from Southern snackers and combined them into one crispy, cheesy snack.
Why This Recipe Works
These delicate, crumbly, cheesy, buttery crackers have a cult following in the South. To make a version that mimicked their signature straw shape without using a cookie press, we rolled out the dough into a square and then cut it into strips before baking. Using a food processor to buzz the grated cheese, chilled butter, flour, and baking powder together resulted in crackers with a short, extra-tender texture. A generous helping of extra-sharp cheddar provided bold flavor, Parmesan contributed a nutty saltiness, and black pepper added a pleasant heat—just enough to make our cheese straws irresistible alongside a glass of sweet tea.