Cheesy, baked cheese straws are a delicious swap for regular breadsticks and super easy to bake with puff pastry and cheese.
Whether it’s for a school lunch or for dinner, you’ve GOT to try these Easy Baked Cheese Twists! They are perfect to send off in a lunchbox along with a warm bowl of soup or paired with some protein and fresh veggies.
Watch how easy these cheese twists are to make in the video below.
What are Cheese Straws?
Like a breadstick, these cheese straws are soft, pliable, and of course, super cheesy. They are long and while the name suggests it, you can’t actually drink through them.
There are many ways to serve these, whether it’s as a side for dinner, an appetizer, and in a lunch with leftover soup- you can’t go wrong.
It’s recipes like this that bring variety to packed lunches and if you want more ideas, check out my new 101 Packed Lunch Ideas eBook. The recipes are kid-favorite meals that also offer variety and nutrition in a yummy way.
Can you freeze cheese straws?
Absolutely! To freeze your cheese twists, prep them using the recipe below, but don’t bake them. Put them on a cookie sheet, cover and freeze for around 4 hours (until firm).
After the straws are frozen solid, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to a month. When you’re ready to use them, remove the frozen cheese straws from the freezer and bake as directed.
How to Make Cheese Straws
Step 1: Let puff pastry thaw until softened – around 30 minutes
Step 2: Preheat oven to 400 and line your baking sheet with parchment paper
Step 3: Whisk an egg and water in a small bowl until combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the cheeses.
Step 4: Unfold the puff pastry onto a floured workspace. Use a pastry brush to brush some of the egg and water evenly over the dough.
Step 5: Sprinkle half the cheese mixture over half the dough.
Step 6: Fold the dough over the cheesy half and press to seal
Step 7: Brush the top of the dough with egg mixture and sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese, pressing gently to help the cheese stick
Step 8: Turn the dough over and repeat
Step 9: Cut pastry lengthwise into 4 even strips
Step 10: Hold strips by each end and turn until each strip turns into a nice cheese twist straw
Step 11: Place cheese straws on a baking sheet, and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
What to Serve with Cheese Twists
These twists go great with marinara sauce, soup, salads, anything really. I’ll often make these with a dinner one night, making sure to prepare extra for lunches the next day.
Here are some of my favorite recipes to serve with Cheese Straws
- Slow Cooker Veggie Tomato Soup
- Enchilada Soup
- Pumpkin Chili
- Meat & Veggie Paleo Chili
- Caprese Chicken Salad
- BLT Salad
I mean who doesn’t love a hot lunch of twisted cheesy, flaky pastry baked to perfection and dunked in hot thermos soup for lunch? This is one recipe your family will request again and again!
If you are looking for a container to send some hot soup along with these baked cheese twists, check out our top 5 thermos containers in this post.
What will you serve with your Cheese Straws?
Cheese Straws Recipe
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup shredded Italian cheese blend, such as Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- Let the frozen puff pastry thaw at room temperature until softened, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Crack the egg into a small bowl or cup. Add 1 tablespoon (15 mL) water, and whisk until blended. In another small bowl, mix together the cheeses.
- Unfold the thawed puff pastry sheet and place it on a lightly floured work surface. Using a pastry brush, brush some of the egg mixtures evenly over the dough. Sprinkle half of the cheese mixture evenly over half of the egg-brushed dough.
- Fold the uncovered dough over the cheese and press gently to seal. Brush the top with the egg mixture, sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese mixture, and press gently to help stick. Turn the dough over, brush the other side with the egg mixture, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and press gently. Discard any remaining egg mixture.
- Cut the pastry vertically into 6 strips or horizontally into 12 smaller strips. Holding each strip by the ends, turn the ends a few times in the opposite direction to make a twist. Place the twists, evenly spaced, on the baking sheet.
- Bake until browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool briefly. Serve warm or at room temperature.