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Cheese Straws - Gluten Free

For this Flash Back Friday, I was browsing through some of my first posted recipes and wondered at how quickly the last seven years have flown by.

I recently redid my Cheese Straws recipe using my own flour mix and found that the dough was much easier to handle.

  • 3/4 cup Julie's Flour Mix 
  • 1/4 cup potato starch (not flour) 
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 
  • 1 tsp dry mustard 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 1 tsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce 
  • 3 tbsp water 
  • sweet rice flour for handling dough
  1. Blend together all dry ingredients in mixing bowl 
  2. Cut in butter and cheese until mixture crumbs are uniform 
  3. Stir Worchestershire sauce into the water 
  4. Add liquids to flour mixture and using your hands work into a dough ball (use a little more water if necessary) 
  5. Dust working surface with sweet rice flour and roll dough into a thin sheet (about 1/8 inch thick)   Covering the dough with plastic wrap makes the rolling easy. 
  6. Cut into strips 1/2 inch wide by 6 or 6 inches long (longer is too difficult to twist since gf dough is not stretchy) 
  7. Holding the strip in your left hand twirl it into a tube with your other hand.  You might find it easier to do another way .
  8. Place twists on a parchment covered baking sheet 
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Do not over bake. 


  1. We don't have a problem with gluten here, but I might just give them a try. Sounds like the rice flour might make them a little "lighter"?

    Who doesn't love cheese straws!

  2. I am so pleased you shared this with us. It is just what I needed.

  3. to make them the "regular" way, do you still add the tapico (did you mean tapioca) startch and potato startch? I use so many recipes from this site. Thanks so much for your work in posting them.

  4. May I have the recipe for the broccoli salad that is also in the picture? It looks really good too!

  5. Thanks for pointing out the typo, Lorri..and I've clarified the flour substitution. It is 1 cup of reg. wheat flour for all the gluten free flours.

  6. Dear Annonymous.. e-mail me personally and I'll be happy to send you the recipe for the broccoli salad...
    (I just checked and was surprised it isn't in our recipe file we'll have to include it - its my favorite salad)

  7. Hi and I just wanted to say my "gift" arrived and it is beautiful...I don't know what to do with it...most certainly won't be used as a "pot holder" holder LOL...but I will think of something...!!!!! happy day and God Bless...hugs...Ora in KY

  8. Great recipe again Julie. I will pass it on to friends of mine. Hey...I have a link to MGCC blog on my blog but wish to have a separate link to just the Gluten Free Page under my GF section....Not sure why but it doesn't update with the 'latest' posts for GF. Any idea why?

  9. Julie,
    Do these freeze well once they are baked? Or can I freeze the twists before I bake them and then take them out of the freezer and bake them from frozen?

  10. Karen, I haven't frozen them... but I would think much better to freeze them before you can have them fresh out of the oven. When you make them how about just freezing a few before baking the rest.

  11. oh great gluten free recipe tweeted this one nice blog

  12. What a versatile side dish...and gluten free is a bonus. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I love this recipe and will try it! Sounds great!

  14. These look wonderful, Julie! It's so good that there are more gluten free choices - and you make them look so good! I'm sure they are too!

  15. My Mom used to make something similar to these. I will have to try them!

  16. I love these! They are so good with tomato soup! Yum!

  17. Hi Julie, I took a gamble and twisted the dough and then froze them. Took them out of the freezer on Sunday morning, baked them, served them at our newcomers lunch at church (there are lots of people who can't have wheat or gluten at our church!) and they were a hit! Went perfect with the homemade soups! Thank you so much for your yummy options!
    I didn't have any leftovers to freeze! Go figure!

  18. Oh I love these! Might just have to go on the New Years Eve snack list!

  19. Another great gluten-free 'bread' recipe. Thank you!



  21. Anonymous ... Worshestershire (especially in Canada) contains malt vinegar .. but there are some that are GF.. The easiest if to find one of the recipes online and make your own !

  22. I don't know about Canada, but in the US, French's Worcestershire sauce is GF. I called the company while I was standing there in the store, they have great customer service.


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