Apple Cheddar Cheese Straws

September 21, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by Carolina Gelen
Author Notes

Sweet apple butter and sharp cheddar, twisted up in a flaky pastry—does it get any better than that? These crispy cheese straws will become a fall staple in your house. The recipe comes together in no time, thanks to store-bought puff pastry and apple butter. (Though if you want to make your own apple butter, more power to you. Here’s a great recipe.) I can’t describe how wonderful your kitchen will smell while baking these. The sweetness of the fruit dreamily balances the sharpness of the cheddar. If you want to use only one type of cheddar, go for it. And if you’re looking for some substitutes, I highly recommend Gouda, too. —Carolina Gelen

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons apple butter, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (about 8 ounces), thawed
  • 4 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, grated (about ⅔ cup)
  • 3 ounces sharp white cheddar, grated (about ½ cup)
  • Flaky salt
In This Recipe
  1. Heat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line 2 sheet pans with parchment.
  2. Beat the egg with 2 teaspoons of apple butter and the salt.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry to ¼ inch (about ½ centimeter) thick, if necessary. Evenly spread the ½ cup of apple butter on the pastry, then evenly top with the grated cheese. Fold the pastry in half (starting at the short end if your pastry is a rectangle). Gently press it down to seal the layers. Brush both sides of the folded puff pastry with the egg wash. Position the rectangle so that one of the short ends is facing you. Cut crosswise into 12 sticks. Twist each one and evenly divide between the lined sheet pans. Sprinkle them with flaky salt.
  4. Bake until deeply golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving—these are great warm or at room temperature.

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Carolina is a resident at Food52. She's also one of the hosts of Choose Your Own Recipe Adventure, our YouTube show where our Food52 readers pick the ingredients and techniques for a brand new recipe. Carolina recently immigrated to the U.S. from Transylvania, a place she spent most of her life. She continues to get inspired by the classic Romanian and Hungarian foods she was raised on, creating approachable, colorful, and fun recipes. For more cooking ideas and candid moments, check out her Instagram @carolinagelen.

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