Spicy Cheese Straws

Giving an old classic a facelift today. Our Spicy Cheese Straws and easy Jalapeño Avocado Dip are a fabulous holiday snack to serve at all your parties this fall.

Spicy Cheese Straws #cheese #holiday

Some recipes are eternal.

Cheese Straws are one of those snacks that you hear stories about from generations back. They are one of those foods that people take a bite of and automatically respond nostalgically, “Sigh. I love these things. I remember when my grandma used to…”

It happens every time I serve them.

After all, I watched my mother squeeze them through a cookie press around the holidays every year when I was a little girl.

Making Spicy Cheese Straws #cheese #holiday

However, there are two problems with cheese straws as I see it.

1) Most people don’t have a cookie press, even those that cook a lot.

2) Cheese straws are single noted, so after one or two the flavor becomes a little boring.

How to Make Spicy Cheese Straws #cheese #holiday

Well in the effort to spur on holiday cheer (from Halloween through New Years) and happy memories from the past, I’ve tweaked my mom’s classic cheese straw recipe to address both issues.

Today I’m sharing my Spicy Cheese Straws with Jalapeño Avocado Dip, an updated version for new holiday memory-making.

Easy Spicy Cheese Straws #cheese #holiday

I started the Spicy Cheese Straws, just as I normally would, by beating butter and shredded cheese together with an electric mixer. Then I sprinkled in Old El Paso Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning with the flour to elevate the flavor.

The mix of spices and herbs take these Spicy Cheese Straws to another level of goodness.

Spicy Cheese Straws with Avocado Dip #cheese #holiday

Then I decided to chuck the cookie press and roll the Spicy Cheese Straws dough into long ropes.

I twisted two ropes together to create each straw, then baked them until crisp.

HOW TO: Spicy Cheese Straws #cheese #holiday

Rolling and twisting the Spicy Cheese Straws is a great project for the kids. That way, they’ll not only have memories of tasting cheese straws, but making them with mom or dad as well!

Once the Spicy Cheese Straws come out of the oven, whip up a quick and simple dip to take the flavor and textural appeal a step further.

Nostalgic Spicy Cheese Straws #cheese #holiday

This easy and fresh Jalapeño Avocado Dip is made by pureeing ripe avocado with Old El Paso Jalapeños, lime juice, and salt. It has a bright and tangy flavor that complements the Spicy Cheese Straws perfectly, bringing out their rich cheesy taste and zesty appeal.

If you’ve always wanted to make cheese straws, but don’t own a cookie press, this recipe is for you!

Love these Spicy Cheese Straws #cheese #holiday

Spicy Cheese Straws

Yield: 72

Prep Time:30

Cook Time:20

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Easy cheese straws with a punch of spice, served with fresh jalapeno avocado dip!


For the Spicy Cheese Straws:

  • 12 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (off the block)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Spicy Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

For the Jalapeño Avocado Dip:

  • 2 ripe haas avocados
  • 1/2 cup Old El Paso Pickled Jalapenos
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 pinches salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the shredded cheese and softened butter in the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat on medium until mostly smooth.
  3. Add the packet of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning to the cheese mixture, then turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour until incorporated. Scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula, then beat again for an even texture.
  4. Take 1 1/2 teaspoon of dough at a time and roll it out into a rope about 10-12 inches long. Roll a second rope and lay them next to each other on a baking sheet. Gently twist the ends in opposite directions to create a twisted rope. Then cut the rop in half to create 2 5-6 inch ropes. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  5. Bake the spicy cheese straws for 15-20 minutes until slightly golden, then cool completely on the baking sheets.
  6. While the spicy cheese straws are baking, scoop the flesh of the avocados into a blender. Add the jalapenos in their juices, lime juice, and salt. Puree until smooth.
  7. Once cool, dip the spicy cheese straws in the avocado dip and enjoy!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions are my own.

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25 comments on “Spicy Cheese Straws

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  2. Gabyposted October 23, 2014 at 11:50 am Reply

    This looks like the perfect snack!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted October 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm Reply

    So, I’ve never had a cheese straw. Where have they been all my life?????

  4. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted October 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm Reply

    These look so perfect, Sommer! Pinned for my holiday parties.

  5. Kelley @ Chef Savvyposted October 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm Reply

    Wow what a great idea! They are so cute and look like a lot of fun to make! Can’t wait to try. Thanks!

  6. A Young Wifeposted October 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm Reply

    These are so fun! And the dip sounds amazing for so many things. Yum!

  7. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted October 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm Reply

    I have decided that I am going to refer to myself as an Old Classic. It has a certain ring to it. Ha. You know I have never had one of these. I have heard them referred to a cazillion times. I like what I am seeing especially the update.

  8. Karlyposted October 20, 2014 at 9:28 am Reply

    Oh my goodnes, I don’t know which I want more…the dip or the cheese straws. I guess I better make them both. :)

  9. Aggieposted October 20, 2014 at 8:33 am Reply

    Love everything about this entire recipe, these would not be safe around me! YUM

  10. Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 20, 2014 at 8:11 am Reply

    The perfect snack or appetizer! I forgot how much I love cheese straws!

  11. Heatherchristoposted October 20, 2014 at 8:01 am Reply

    these look so good Sommer!!

  12. [email protected]posted October 20, 2014 at 7:44 am Reply

    Great football food, Sommer! Love these!

  13. Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted October 20, 2014 at 7:39 am Reply

    These are so fun!!! I love that you twisted them!

  14. Mariaposted October 20, 2014 at 7:27 am Reply

    Fun recipe!

  15. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 20, 2014 at 7:19 am Reply

    I’m thinking we need to make these. Our girls would have so much fun with this recipe!

  16. Marla Meridithposted October 20, 2014 at 7:18 am Reply

    Cheese straws on their own are the BEST with this dip wayyyy BETTER!

  17. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted October 20, 2014 at 7:13 am Reply

    Oh man you can’t go wrong when anything involves mexican spices. Love these spicy cheese straws.

  18. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted October 20, 2014 at 7:02 am Reply

    The hubs and I are obsessed with Old El Paso jalapeños. So excited for this recipe!!

  19. Betty Lynneposted October 20, 2014 at 7:01 am Reply

    YUM! These look amazing and love that you don’t need a cookie press. The dip sounds great too — pinned!

  20. Wenderlyposted October 20, 2014 at 6:55 am Reply

    These little beauties are calling my name!

  21. naomiposted October 20, 2014 at 8:48 am Reply

    This little cheese straws are party perfect and the dipping sauce – yes!!

    Rating: 5
  22. Jenny Flakeposted October 20, 2014 at 6:48 am Reply

    These are too fun! My boys would love these!! xo

  23. Jenny @ The Peachy Pairposted October 20, 2014 at 6:37 am Reply

    Oh man, cheese straws are one of the best things ever invented! These look amazing!

  24. Marlyposted October 20, 2014 at 6:23 am Reply

    What a FUN recipe this would be to serve while watching the ROYALS in the WORLD SERIES this week! Can you tell I’m a little hyped about this? I’ve been a Royals fan since I was a kid so this is a big deal. Oh. And so is your recipe. Love it! xoxox!!!

  25. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted October 20, 2014 at 6:12 am Reply

    Ok these are too cute – how did I not know how easy cheese straws were to make??