Easy Baked Cheese Straws with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

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(Last Updated On: March 30, 2021)

These Easy Baked Cheese Straws are the perfect appetizer to make for entertaining or to bring to a party. The homemade cilantro sauce is a delicious accompaniment. While this post is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers, all opinions and the recipe are my own.

Easy Baked Cheese Straws

Easy Baked Cheese Straws with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Looking for a deliciously easy appetizer recipe? Well, I have it for you. These baked cheese straws only need 5 basic ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep time. Making this easy cheese straw appetizer the perfect recipe to include for your holiday parties…and beyond.

Think of a grown-up version of cheez-its. And then the dipping sauce really makes these cheese straws over the top.

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To make these baked cheese straws you will need cheese (the star of the show, of course), butter, flour, a pinch of salt and some red pepper flakes. We like most recipes with a touch of “heat”, and these cheese straws are no different. You can reduce the amount of red pepper flakes if you would like, or leave them out all together, but they do add a nice layer of flavor.

If you leave out the red pepper flakes from this easy cheese straws recipe, consider adding in garlic or onion powder, or even your favorite seasoning salt.

Easy Cheese Straws

You will be making a dough out of cheese, butter and flour, then rolling out the dough, then cutting the dough into “straws”. Since you are the one making them, you can make the cheese straws short, long, twisted, or even in the shape of candy canes!

After your cheese straws are shaped, you simply bake them for 20 minutes.

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While your cheese straws are baking, whip up your homemade cilantro and lemon dipping sauce. The dipping sauce is simply nonfat plain Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. The simple flavors are the perfect accompaniment to the baked cheesy deliciousness of your homemade cheese straws.

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Now, here is my Easy Baked Cheese Straws with Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so you can make them again and again.

Easy Cheese Straws

Easy Baked Cheese Straws with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

These easy cheese straws are a delicious appetizer! You only need 5 ingredients and about 30 minutes to have this easy appetizer ready to serve to your guests.
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Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizers, baked, cheese, cheese crackers, cheese straws, easy appetizer, easy recipe, easy recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 30
Author: Tracy


  • Oven


  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese - I used the variety with 4 types in one this is one 8 oz bag of shredded cheese
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Cilantro Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup Plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped cilantro
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • In a large bowl, stir/mix butter until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in the cheese and mix well.
  • Slowly stir in the flour, salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Mix until a dough forms. If mixture seems crumby, feel free to get in there with your hands to mold the dough.
  • Roll out the dough, or flatten with your hands until it is approx 12 - 15 inches long and about 6 - 8 inches wide.
  • Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into your desired lengths. Either the full length off your dough, or in half. I did a variety, some long and some shorter.
  • Place your dough straws on an ungreased cookie sheet, approximately 1 inch apart and bake for 20 minutes.
  • While baking, make your dipping sauce.

Cilantro Dipping Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Serve cooled cheese straws with a side of dipping sauce and enjoy!


This recipe is easily doubled if you would like to make more than 30 straws.  Also, feel free to experiment some with the type of cheese!  Next time we are going to use pepper jack!
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I hope you enjoy these Baked Cheese Straws with homemade cilantro dipping sauce as much as we do!

You can make this easy appetizer a day or two ahead of time, just store them in an airtight container until you are ready to host your party or head over to your friend’s house!

Serve these baked cheese straws on a platter, plate or in mason jars for easy grabbing.

Easy Baked Cheese Straws with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

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