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Cheddar Cheese Twists

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These cheese twists are similar to cheese straws and very easy to prepare.  Use share Cheddar in these delicious cheese twists, and add a generous dash of ground cayenne pepper.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup cold water

Preparation:

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, and cayenne pepper into a medium mixing bowl. Cut in butter or margarine and cheese with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle cold water over mixture; mix lightly with a fork until mixture holds together and leaves side of bowl.

Roll out to a rectangle about 12x10 inches on a lightly floured board. Divide in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into strips 1/2-inch wide. Lift strips carefully and twist gently.

Place twists 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at  425° F (220° C/Gas Mark 7)  for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Carefully transfer cheese twists to wire racks to cool.

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