Let’s get shakin’

This must be one of my favorite snacks and when it starts getting cold you know it’s time to make a batch! 

No one (not even me) makes these little twigs of delight like my friend Stacy but unless you buy hers or are lucky enough to share with someone who has we just have to wing it. These are great to make in big batches and store. They are great for snacks, to set out at holiday parties, or to add to edible holiday gifts or baskets. This is one of my go-to recipes for holiday entertaining. Good rule of thumb with this one, always double the recipe and you can thank me after. 

Southern Cheese Straws  

12 oz of sharp cheddar graded and room temperature. 
1/2 cup of butter room temperature 
1 dash of ground cayenne pepper 
1 pinch of salt 
8 drops of Tabasco sauce (yes Tabasco, other hot sauces just don’t work in this recipe not even Benwood’s)

Preheat oven to 350°, mix all ingredients together using your hands or a mixer until well blended. When mixed place in cookie a press with the star pattern end. Make long strips on lightly sprayed cookie sheets. Bake at 350° 12-15 min then cook on wire racks. Once cool break into desired lengths 

Until next week I’m Chef Hunter Lee 

Remember, “treat your kitchen, treat yourself”

Benwood’s, uniquely Southern, surely the Best!!!