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Warning: this is the most addictive snack ever!

I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen when I was planning for a special birthday dinner last year. Ever since I made it…I cannot stop making it. So now I am dedicating this blog entry to these yummy things to emphasize how great they are.  It’s a very simple recipe with few ingredients. But somehow the combination of butter, cheese, and red pepper flakes is magical! Spicy, cheesy, and flaky… need I say more?

I will be bringing them to the summer picnic for my graduate program tomorrow along with some white chocolate chip cranberry cookies. Hope everyone will like it! 😉

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Spicy Cheesey Sticks (Recipe from Smitten Kitchen)

Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) grated old Cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces
3/4 cup flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt and red pepper in five 5-second pulses until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs (or use pastry cutter to cut butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs). Add the half-and-half and process until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds.

On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into an 8- by 10-inch rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife (or a pizza or pastry wheel; both worked great), cut the dough into thin 8-inch strips, each 1/4- to 1/3-inch wide (dipping the knife in flour after every few inches ensures a clean cut). Gently transfer the strips to an ungreased cookie sheet (though I lined mine with parchment), leaving at least 1/4-inch between them. The dough may sag or may break occasionally in the transfer, but don’t be concerned — just do your best. The straws can be any length, from 2 to 10 inches.

Bake the straws on the middle rack for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from the oven and set the cookie sheet on a rack to cool.

Serve at room temperature. Cheese straws will keep in the refrigerator, in a sealed container, for two days. They will not last an hour at a party.

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