Cayenne Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

[Updated from the archives with new photos and writing. Originally posted March 2011]

I recently got an email from someone asking me to do a video collaboration, and she said that since I post so many cheese recipes and clearly love cheese so much, maybe we could do something with cheese.

I turned to my husband and asked him, is it really obvious that I love cheese this much? The look I got in return said everything I needed to know. I’m well aware that I enjoy cheese, but I didn’t realize how much I make with it. I guess technically I do have a drawer in my fridge that’s solely devoted to cheese.

These cheese straws are one of my favorite ways to let cheese shine. They are really elegant and could easily be served at a party, but make sure you prep plenty of them, as these will disappear quickly.

Start by rolling out a sheet of puff pastry (all-butter kind, please) into a rectangle, and brush with egg wash:


Sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper and paprika:


Sprinkle plenty of gruyere and parmesan cheese all over, then press gently:


Cut the rectangle into long strips:


Lay the strips on a sheet pan, then twist:


Bake until puffed and golden:


Cayenne Dusted Puff Pastry Straws


  • 1 recipe homemade puff pastry or frozen puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 cup freshly grated gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out the prepared puff pastry until about 1/8 inch thick. Whisk the egg with the water and brush the puff pastry with the egg wash.
  3. Sprinkle the entire surface with the cheese, cayenne, and paprika. Press the cheese and spices into the puff pastry, and cut 3/4 inch thick strips from the puff pastry with a pizza cutter or bench scraper.
  4. Twist each strip and lay it on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Enjoy!
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