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Spicy Cheddar Cheese Straws

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Submitted by Martha Hunt, Village of Deaton Creek, Tuesday Women B5

1 10-oz. block sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, cut into 4 pieces and softened
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
2 Tbsp. half and half or milk
1 egg white
sesame seeds, toasted (optional)

 

Pulse first five ingredients in food processor at 5-second intervals until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add half and half and process, or mix by hand, until dough forms. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough into 2 parts and roll into 9- to 10-inch rounds; cut shapes with mini cutters or use fluted pastry wheel to cut triangles or squares. Optional: Brush with egg wash (1 egg white and 1 tsp. water), sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Bake 16 minutes and cool 30 minutes. Dough may be wrapped in plastic wrap and chilled up to three days. Makes 32-40 shapes.