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15 October 2014: Cheese Straws and Leaves

October 15, 2014

Tags: Southern Cheese Straws, Cheese Leaves, Classic Southern Cooking, Essentials of Southern Cooking

Cheese Straws don't have to be extruded from a cookie press. Here they're cut with small seasonal cookie cutters into fall leaves.
Cheese straws and toasted pecans are to a Southern party what cards are to poker, a standard for any Southern hostess worth her iced tea. And yet, these crisp morsels often intimidate novices. They needn’t: once you grasp that they’re just a savory butter shortbread—one of the simplest of all cookies—they’re a snap to make. (more…)