photograph by Matt Hulsman

1¾ sticks margarine (not butter)
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated and at room temperature
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups plain flour, not sifted

Cream margarine and cheese with an electric mixer. Add flour and pepper, and blend until smooth enough to squirt through a pastry bag.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 325°.

If the straws overcook, they will be bitter.This could be trial and error depending on your oven. Be sure you use margarine that has at least 17 percent fat.


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