Crispy Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Puff pastry parmesan cheese straws are the perfect cocktail party appetizer or an easy bread to whip up for dinner. Crispy cheese straws flavored with Parmesan and Gruyere cheese.

Puff Pastry Parmesan Cheese Straws stacked.

Why You’ll Love These

Flaky, puff pastry sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, Gruyere cheese, garlic, and herbs! You just can’t go wrong with this quick and easy appetizer!

They are crispy puff pastry filled with Parmesan and Gruyere cheese that adds a nutty flavor.

This puff pastry cheese straws recipe is so easy to make and perfect for parties or just cocktails at home. This parmesan rosemary shortbread is also great as a cocktail hour nibble!

They are also perfect for charcuterie trays, with a bowl of soup, and salads, or served with lunch or dinner.

Want some more easy appetizer recipes? Try our spinach artichoke cups, baked chicken wings, sausage pretzel bites, and spinach dip from scratch.

Key Ingredients

  • Puff pastry – Puff pastry sheets are found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Thaw it according to the package instructions. It’s usually best to thaw in the refrigerator.
  • Cheeses – We are using parmesan and gruyere cheeses in these puff pastry straws. Grate the parmesan yourself. Use the grating side of the cheese grater. Not the shredded holes. Don’t use the stuff in the green can.
  • Seasoning – We use Italian seasoning and garlic powder. You can use fresh herbs too. You can switch up the seasonings too. The cheese is salty enough so there is no need to add additional salt and pepper.
Puff pastry dough rolled out on cutting board sprinkled with cheese and herbs.

How to Make Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

So, so simple!

Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl whisk the melted butter and garlic powder.

In another small bowl whisk together the Parmesan, Gruyere, and Italian seasoning.

With a rolling pin roll out the sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface to approximately a 10×12 inch square.

Brush the melted butter mixture evenly over the entire puff pastry sheet. Evenly sprinkle the cheese mixture.

With a knife or pizza cutter slice the dough into long 1/2″ strips.

Pastry strips twisted on a parchment lined baking sheet.

One strip at a time, pick up the cheese straw strip and twist both ends in an opposite direction until the strip is completely spiraled.  Place on the prepared baking tray.

Slightly press the ends onto parchment paper to prevent any untwisting. Repeat with the remaining strips spacing 1″ on the baking sheet.

Baked cheese straws on baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown and puffed.

Close up of stacked cheese straws.

Let cool for about 5 minutes and serve these cheese straws with our favorite Jamaican Me Crazy cocktail or ginger beer sangria.

Close up of the puff pastry cheese straws.

With very few ingredients you can turn store-bought puff pastry into highly addictive, crispy cheese straws.

Great for a party, dinner guests, or just a weeknight dinner with the family!

Tips

  • Keep the pastry cold. If it starts to get warm and hard to work with place it back in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  • Using parchment paper will make it easier to transfer to the refrigerator if needed.
  • You can use pecorino romano in place of parmesan.
  • Sprinkle both sides of the dough lightly with flour so it won’t stick.

Variations

  • Want some spicy heat? Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon) or black pepper.
  • You can also use finely shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Mix and match your favorite cheeses and seasonings.

FAQs

Can these be made ahead?

You can prepare the puff pastry cheese twist as directed. Place the unbaked sticks on the parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for up to 3 days. Bake as directed.

How do you keep cheese straws crispy?

Bake until golden brown and light and crispy. Let them cool a bit after baking, the cheese will harden for a crispy texture.

Storing

These puff pastry straws are best served fresh, within 1-2 hours of baking. Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 350-degree oven for about 5 minutes to crisp up again.

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Puff Pastry Parmesan Cheese Straws.

Puff Pastry Parmesan Cheese Straws Recipe

Flaky, puff pastry sprinkled with Parmesan Gruyere, garlic, and herbs! You just can't go wrong with this quick and easy appetizer!
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Course: Appetizer, Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread sticks, cheese, parmesan, puff pastry, straws
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 1 sheet puff pastry (store-bought)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated fine
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese, grated fine
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl combine the melted butter and garlic powder. In another small bowl whisk the Parmesan cheese, Gruyere cheese, and Italian seasoning.
    1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated fine, 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese, grated fine, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to approximately a 10×12 inch square.
    1 sheet puff pastry
  • Brush on the melted butter mixture to the edges of the pastry. Sprinkle the cheese and herb mixture evenly over puffed pastry. 
  • Cut crosswise into 1/2″ inch strips. Carefully twist the strips and place on the baking sheet pressing slightly on the ends to prevent untwisting. Scrape up any additional cheese and seasoning and sprinkle over twists.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, watching carefully not to burn. Let cool about 5 minutes and serve immediately.

Notes

If you don’t have Gruyere just use additional Parmesan.
To Make Ahead – You can prepare the puff pastry cheese twist as directed. Place the unbaked sticks on the parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for up to 3 days. Bake as directed.
Storing – These puff pastry straws are best served fresh, within 1-2 hours of baking. Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 350-degree oven for about 5 minutes to crisp up again.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg

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