1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
2 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients well. Put through a cookie press in 1/4-inch wide strips or roll out to 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut into 1/4-inch wide strips 3 to 5-inches long. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
Note: May be stored in a sealed container for several weeks.
Yield: 36 straws.