When I think of Kentucky Derby, my mind goes straight to Cheese Straws. I love this recipe for Cheese Straw Buttons that is a classic from Southern Living. I prepare mine a little differently by not using a cookie press and using Wisconsin Cheddar cheese. These are really easy and feed a crowd so they’re the perfect snack and appetizer for a party anytime of the year.
Cheese Straw Buttons
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 (1-pound) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (Wisconsin Cheese preferably)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 to 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 cups all-purpose flour
1. Beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, beating just until combined.
2. Use a cookie scoop drop 2 inches apart, on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.