Pimento Cheese Straws for #TwelveLoaves - Cheese

The addition of pimento is a tasty way to update a classic appetizer with these deliciously crunchy, and totally addicting, Pimento Cheese Straws.

Pimento Cheese Straws Recipe - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

The theme for this month's Twelve Loaves baking group is CHEESE! Mmmm, cheese! I don't know of anyone who doesn't love it. 

Pimento Cheese Straws Recipe - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

I've decided to share my recipe for Pimento Cheese Straws this month and I hope I haven't overstepped the boundries being that these aren't officially a bread product...but they are loaded with lots and lots of CHEESE (24 ounces to be exact), so who's going to complain?! LOL

Pimento Cheese Straws Recipe - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Cheese Straws are a staple in Southern cooking culture, as is pimento cheese. Since I've always wanted to make both (I'm a Southern wannabe) but never have, I've decided to combine the two classics into one delicious appetizer with these Pimento Cheese Straws. 

The addition of pimento is a tasty way to update a classic appetizer with these Pimento Cheese Straws - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

So grab a beverage of your choice, and a crispy crunch cheese straw, and sit for a spell.

Yield: 24-30 straws          Prep Time: 15 minutes      Bake Time: 18-20 minutes

24 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and softened to room temperature
2 sticks butter, softened
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 jar (8 ounces) diced pimentos, thoroughly drained
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1½ cups whole wheat flour
2½ cups all-purpose flour

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, or the bowl of a stand mixer and using the paddle attachment, blend the softened cheese, butter, salt, pepper, pimentos, mustard, paprika, cayenne and garlic powder.

-Add in the flours and slowly blend to fully incorporate the flour into the softened cheese mixture to form a firm dough.

-Roll half of the dough to approximately ¼" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Square the edges of the dough using a pizza cutter or paring knife, saving the scraps to re roll later. Using the pizza cutter or knife cut strips of dough approximately 8"-10" long. Place the straws on a parchment lined baking sheet making sure to leave a little space between each straw. Continue the same process with the remaining half of dough along with the dough scraps that were removed.

-Bake in a preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. Remove to cool for at least 15 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

-Serve at room temperature and enjoy!

Pimento Cheese Straws Recipe - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Remember everybody...say CHEESE!!! To see more delicious cheese #TwelveLoaves recipes, please click on all the links below and give them all a little love!
If you'd like to bake along with us this month, share your CHEESE bread using hashtag #TwelveLoaves!

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Until we eat again,

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