Cheese Straws – Easter Bunny Twists

Puff pastry cheese straws are a delicious two ingredient snack. This bunny twist version of the classic recipe is perfect to serve at Easter celebrations.

Why This Recipe Works

Simple Two Ingredient recipe

Quick to make

A fun savory Easter treat your kids will love

Ingredients you will need

puff pastry sheets

grated cheese

egg

Ingredient Notes and Substitutes

Puff pastry sheets: I use store bought puff pastry for this recipe, but you could of course make your own. My son has coeliac disease so I also make these straws with gluten free puff pastry sheets (pavilion brand) and they work well.

Grated cheese: I use tasty cheddar or vintage cheddar (similar to extra sharp cheddar) when I make cheese straws. You want a strong flavoured cheese with low water content so that your straws stay crisp.

Egg: The egg wash is not essential but it down make puff pastry go beautifully golden brown. You can use a little milk as an alternative or you can skip this step entirely.

I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used puff pastry sheets, and tasty cheese from their range in this recipe.

Step-by-step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my cheese straw recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Defrost your puff pastry sheets by lying them out flat on your bench. I leave them sitting on the piece of parchment paper or plastic sheet that they come packaged with so that they do not stick to the bench. Sprinkle the grated cheese over one pastry sheet. Then lay the second pastry sheet on top, so that the cheese is sandwiched between the two sheets of pastry. .

Step two: Gently roll the pastry and cheese layers with a rolling pin or press down with your hands

Step three: Using a sharp knife cut the filled pastry into thin strips (around 1 and a half centimetres wide, half inch)

Step four a(Straw shape) Pinch two of the strips together at the top, twist the two strips together finishing by pinching the twist together at the bottom.

Step four b: (Bunny shape) Lie a strip horizontally on a lined baking sheet. Bring the ends upwards to make a smile shape. Cross the two pieces over twice to create a twist (the bunny ears).

Step five: Whisk the egg to make an egg wash. Brush the egg wash over the cheese straws or bunnies and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown and crisp.

Cool on wire racks

Enjoy!

Top Tips

Here is how you can make these Easter Themed Cheese Straws perfectly every time!

To make your bunny twists even cuter you can add a tail! I do this by piping a little cream cheese tail onto the bunny before serving. I fill a pastry bag with whipped cream cheese and use large a star tip

Store your cheese straws in an airtight container in your pantry (they last better at room temperature than in the fridge).

If you have a pizza cutter use it to cut your strips of pastry, I find it faster and easier than using a knife.

I love adding a little extra flavor to my cheese straws (my kids don’t though). When I make them for myself I like to spread a little dijon mustard on the pastry before adding the sheet as well as seasoning with a little black pepper

It can also be nice to season the grated cheese with a little onion powder, garlic powder paprika, or cayenne pepper.

After you have applied the egg wash you can sprinkle your cheese straws with sesame seeds for some extra crunch.

Cheese straws are lovely served with tomato soup

Pop one or two in your Childs lunchbox for a cute Easter treat this week.

FAQs

How long will homemade cheese straws last

Cheese straws will last approximately one week depending on storage temperature and humidity.

Do you need to refrigerate cheese straws?

Cheese straws do not need to be refrigerated, in fact they are best stored at room temperature. They will last for up to one week in an airtight container.

Cheese Straws

Two ingredient puff pastry cheese straws with a cute twist for Easter.

Course Snack

Cuisine New Zealand

Keyword Cheese Straws, Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Prep Time 15minutes minutes

Cook Time 15minutes minutes

Total Time 30minutes minutes

Servings 16 servings

Calories 146kcal

Ingredients

2 sheets puff pastry 

330 grams of pastry

1 cup grated cheese sharp cheddar 100 grams

1 medium egg

½ cup cream cheese optional

Instructions

Defrost your puff pastry sheets by lying them out flat on your bench.  I leave them sitting on the piece of parchment paper or plastic sheet that they come packaged with so that they do not stick to the bench.

Sprinkle the grated cheese over one pastry sheet. Then lay the second pastry sheet on top, so that the cheese is sandwiched between the two sheets of pastry.

Gently roll the pastry with a rolling pin.

Using a sharp knife cut the filled pastry into thin strips (around 1 and ½ centimetres wide)

(Straw shape) Pinch two of the strips together at the top, twist the two strips together finishing by pinching the twist together at the bottom.

(Bunny shape): Lie a strip horizontally on a piece of parchment paper. Bring the ends upwards to make a smile shape. Cross the two pieces over twice to create a twist (the bunny ears).

Whisk the egg to make an egg wash.

Brush the egg wash over the cheese straws or bunnies and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown and crisp.

Notes

To make your bunny twists even cuter you can add a tail! I do this by piping a little cream cheese tail onto the bunny before serving. I fill a pastry bag with whipped cream cheese and use large a star tip 
Store your cheese straws in an airtight container in your pantry (they last better at room temperature than in the fridge).  Cheese straws will last approximately one week depending on storage temperature and humidity.
If you have a pizza cutter use it to cut your strips of pastry, I find it faster and easier than using a knife. 
I love adding a little extra flavor to my cheese straws (my kids don’t though). When I make them for myself I like to spread a little dijon mustard on the pastry before adding the sheet as well as seasoning with a little black pepper
It can also be nice to season the grated cheese with a little onion powder, garlic powder paprika, or cayenne pepper.
After you have applied the egg wash you can sprinkle your cheese straws with sesame seeds for some extra crunch. 
Cheese straws are lovely served with tomato soup 
Pop one or two in your Childs lunchbox for a cute Easter treat this week.
Puff pastry sheets: I use store bought puff pastry for this recipe, but you could of course make your own. My son has coeliac disease so I also make these straws with gluten free puff pastry sheets (pavilion brand) and they work well. 
Grated cheese: I use tasty cheddar or vintage cheddar (similar to extra sharp cheddar) when I make cheese straws. You want a strong flavoured cheese with low water content so that your straws stay crisp. 
Egg: The egg wash is not essential but it down make puff pastry go beautifully golden brown. You can use a little milk as an alternative or you can skip this step entirely.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

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