• 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded (reduced fat optional)
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons evaporated milk, skim


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, combine the cheese, margarine, flour, salt, and red pepper and mix until ingredients resemble coarse crumbs.
  • Add the evaporated milk and stir until dough forms a ball.
  • On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll the dough into an 8 x10 inch rectangle that is 1/8 inch thick.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the dough into long, thick strips, ¼ to 1/3 inch wide (dipping the knife in flour after every few inches ensures a c
  • Gently transfer the strips to an ungreased baking sheet. The straws can be any length.
  • Bake the straws for 12-15 minutes, or until ends are starting to brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool. Serve at room temperature. Keep straws refrigerated in a sealed container.

Kids Can: help measure ingredients (except for red pepper flakes!), stir ingredients together, help roll out dough with rolling pin, and transfer straws to baking sheet.

Change it up: Consider adding less red pepper flakes if you’re making this for children. Some like it hot, some not.

MOMs Comments: “Amazing with tomato soup!”

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