Friday, March 16, 2012

Cheese Straws

* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
* 2 tbs plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cold butter
* 1/3 cup milk
* 2 tsp paprika (optional)

1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir in cheese. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12-in. square. Cut in half lengthwise; cut into thin strips. Sprinkle with paprika if desired.
3. Place 1 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

I used skim milk and it worked well. I forgot to add the paprika - and these were still delicious. I will definitely try with the paprika next time.

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