Zesty Cheese Straws
by Paula Deen
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar, at room temperature
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a food processor, add the butter, cheese, flour, salt, and cayenne and process until a smooth dough is formed. Scoop it into a cookie press, fitted with a flat ridged tip. Pipe the dough in 2-inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. (Alternatively, refrigerate the dough for 30 miuntes and roll on a lightly floured surface into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Cut into smaller rectangles, about 2 by 3 inches, with a pizza wheel or sharp knife. bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool.