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Easy Cheese Straws

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Servings: 8
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Cook time:
Total: 30 minutes


  • cooking spray
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 12" x 17" sheets phyllo dough, at room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F; spray a large non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper).
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cheese, chili powder, and cumin.
  3. Place the sheets of phyllo on a flat surface and cover them with a damp towel.
  4. Remove the first sheet and coat with cooking spray.  Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the cheese mixture on the sheet.
  5. Add another sheet and coat that with cooking spray and 2 teaspoons of cheese, too.
  6. Keep going until you have a total of 4 sheets stacked on top of each other.
  7. Lightly roll over the sheets with a rolling pin to press them (and the cheese) together.
  8. Using a serrated knife, cut into 8 strips and transfer those to the baking sheet.
  9. Repeat steps 4 through 8 with the rest of the phyllo dough.
  10. Bake until the cheese straws are crisp and golden (8 to 10 minutes).
  11. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Information


Per serving (3 straws):47 calories (19% calories from fat), 3 g protein, 2 g total fat ((1.0 g saturated fat), 4 g carbohydrate, 0 dietary fiber, 4 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges:1/4 carbohydrate (1/4 bread/starch), 1/2 fat


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