Cornish Crackler Cheese Straws

Recipe and photo credit by- Davidstow Cheddar

Cornish Crackler Cheese Straws: Party Snack Ideas.

 Hello friends, fancy making some Cornish Crackler Cheese Straws?

Cornish Crackler Cheese Straws: Party Snack Ideas

Serves 16 large straws or 22 small

How To Make Cornish Crackler Cheese Straws:


150g Davidstow Cornish Crackler cheddar, finely grated

200g Plain flour

Smoked paprika (or spice of choice)

100g Butter, plus extra for greasing

Freshly ground black pepper

1 Free-range egg yolk


1.) Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7, 220°C (425°F).

2.) Lightly grease a large baking sheet and cover it with greaseproof paper.

3.) Put the cheese into a mixing bowl. Sift in the flour and add a sprinkling of smoked paprika. Add some freshly-ground black pepper and mix.

4.) Cut the butter into little cubes and rub them into the mixture with your fingertips.

5.) When the butter has almost disappeared into the flour and you have a crumbly mixture, stir in the egg yolk with a butter knife.

6.) Gather the pastry into a ball of dough. Dust the work surface with plenty of flour.

7.) Carefully roll out the cheese dough into a rough square. It should be about 5mm thick. Neaten the edges with the side of your hand.

8.) With a sharp knife, cut the square into strips, then each strip into fingers and sprinkle with poppy seeds if required.

9.) Gently lift them onto the lined baking sheet, leaving a little space between each one.

10.) Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 8 minutes.

11.) The cheese straws should be a very pale golden brown.

12.) They are fragile when they come out of the oven, so leave them to sit for 5 minutes before you try to move them. Then carefully lift up the baking parchment and transfer everything to a wire rack to cool for a few more minutes.

Cornish Crackler Cheese Straws: Party Snack Ideas

Cornish Crackler Cheese Straws: Party Snack Ideas.

Recipe and photo credit by- Davidstow Cheddar.

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Claire Justine
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Recipe and photo credit by- Davidstow Cheddar


  1. 31 December 2019 / 10:16

    I love a cheese straw (or two!!) I’ve always used a recipe from my mum’s old Be-ro book (remember them?) but I might give this one a try – yum!

  2. 16 December 2019 / 21:46

    These look like a perfect party appetizer – or a side for soup or stew! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a wonderful week!

  3. Dee | Grammy's Grid
    16 December 2019 / 15:46

    I imagine these taste wonderful!! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 7. Shared.

  4. 19 December 2011 / 21:11

    Thank you for this Nekky 🙂

  5. Nekky
    17 December 2011 / 08:26

    Hey Claire, I thought I was in another person's blog. I love the new look. You are doing great girl, keep it up.