Cheese Straws

From “Ogilvie’s Book for a Cook”, published 1905.

"The original is still on our kitchen book-shelf at home having passed from hand to hand and home to home through several generations. It was a rite of passage into young Canadian womanhood to receive an Ogilvie's or Five Roses cookbook.

The rolling-out instructions here are delightfully archaic - referring to pastry as a paste was usage of the time - but even more, I love the careful precision of the measurements for the cutting of the straws." - Marcia



  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Mix thoroughly the cheese, flour, salt, pepper and butter.
  2. Add enough cold water so that the paste can be rolled out thin.
  3. Cut in strips seven inches long and half an inch wide.
  4. Put on sheets and bake in a quick oven (about 400F) for ten minutes.
Posted on September 9, 2015 and filed under appetizers & snacks.