Cheese straws

always a favourite at parties!
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Suggested age:
Time required:
15-30 minutes
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Skills developed:
Mixing, Measuring, Baking

What you need for this recipe:


  • 75g plain white flour
  • 25g plain wholemeal flour
  • ½ x 5ml spoon of mustard powder
  • 50g butter or margarine
  • 50g cheddar cheese
  • v2 x 15ml spoons cold water


  • baking tray
  • weighing scales
  • sieve, measuring spoons
  • mixing bowl, grater
  • chopping board
  • palette knife
  • flour dredger
  • rolling pin
  • oven gloves
  • cooling rack


  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC or gas mark 6.
  2. Grease or line the baking tray.
  3. Sift the flour and mustard powder into the mixing bowl.
  4. Using your fingertips, rub the butter or margarine into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Grate the cheese.
  6. Stir the cheese into the flour mixture.
  7. Using a palette knife, mix to form a smooth dough, adding a little cold water to help bind the mixture together.
  8. Roll out, on a lightly floured surface, to form a rectangle about 0.5cm thick.
  9. Trim away the edges and cut into thin strips, about 1.5cm x 7cm, using the palette knife.
  10. Place the straws on the baking tray.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown.
  12. Allow to cool before transferring from the baking tray onto the cooling rack.

Use the rolling pin like a ruler, to help you to cut even strips.

Something else to try:

You may like to brush the cheese sticks with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds before baking, but take care, as a few people are allergic to seeds.

Add mixed herbs, chilli flakes or a different type of cheese.

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Mixing Measuring Baking Savoury 7-11 15-30 minutes 8