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Cheese Straws

These old-fashioned hors d'oeuvres were prepared in most fashionable Southern homes before the holidays and stored in tins for serving to guests who dropped in unexpectedly.

3/4 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
3/4 c. butter, softened
2 1/2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Blend cheese and butter. Gradually add dry ingredients. Flatten the dough to 1/4 inch thick, and refrigerate 1 hour. Cut into thin strips and twist. Bake at 375 degrees about 10 minutes (don't brown). When cool, store airtight.

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