Appetizer/ Baking

Puff Pastry Straws

December 9, 2020

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Delicate, flaky puff pastry straws topped with Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. These light, flaky bread sticks are perfect for adding to a cheese board or serving with soup or salad.

Puff pastry twists topped with sesame seeds in a metal basket.

Have you ever had puff pastry straws or cheese straws? Think of them as a flaky bread stick. They are easy to make and yet very elegant. Your guests and family will think you spent hours making them and they will enjoy biting into the light flaky pastry.

Three cheese straws on a small white plate.

I used my Easy Puff Pastry for these cheese straws, but you can also use store bought puff pastry.  Either one will produce an impressive result.

Steps to make

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Roll out the dough.
  • Brush with an egg wash and top with your favorite topping.
  • Cut dough into strips
  • Twist and bake. 

Toppings for Puff Pastry Straws

I used Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds and poppy seeds and a sprinkle of salt. The Parmesan cheese was my favorite. I love the baked cheesy taste. You could get very creative with your toppings. Some ideas include:

To make ahead of time

These puff pastry straws benefit from a 30 minute chilling time after they have been formed. You can chill for several hours ahead of time if desired. Once baked, these are best eaten within a few hours or on the same day.

Twisted puff pastry strips topped with sesame seeds.

More great appetizers 

Twisted bread sticks topped with sesame seeds on a baking rack.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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Puff pastry twists topped with sesame seeds in a metal basket.

Puff Pastry Straws

Delicate puff pastry topped with cheese, sesame seeds or poppy seeds
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Straws
Calories 123 kcal


  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup Parmesan
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)


  • If using homemade puff pastry, divide dough in half and work with half at a time. If using store bought puff pastry, use one portion at a time. Roll out dough to approximately 1/8″ thick.
  • Lightly beat egg and water together.  Brush surface of puff pastry with egg mixture.
  • Sprinkle one of the toppings on surface. Sprinkle with salt. 
  • Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into long, even 1/2″ strips.
  • Working with one strip at a time, pick up strip and twist both ends in an opposite direction until strip is completely spiraled.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press end onto parchment paper to prevent any untwisting. 
  • Repeat with remaining strips spacing 1″ on baking sheet. 
  • Cover baking sheet with another piece of parchment paper and refrigerate pan for 30 minutes. 
  • Remove top sheet of parchment paper and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  • Cool on a baking rack. 


Additional ideas for toppings:


Serving: 1StrawCalories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 95mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 18IUCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma Essentials of Baking

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  • Reply
    December 11, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    5 stars
    I would love a basket of these instead of rolls at every restaurant. Love how flaky the puff pastry is. Delicious! 🙂 ~Valentina

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    December 11, 2020 at 10:58 am

    5 stars
    I know these would disappear in a flash around me! These are perfect to go alongside a meat and cheese board. Yummy idea, Kathy 🙂

    • Reply
      December 11, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Totally can disappear in an instant! Better make a double batch!

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    David @ Spiced
    December 10, 2020 at 4:28 am

    5 stars
    What a fun idea to use puff pastry as an easy way to make bread sticks! The look of these bread sticks with the sesame seeds spiraling around is too cool! I wonder if I could do a mix of poppy and sesame seeds? Either way, awesome idea, Kathy!

    • Reply
      December 10, 2020 at 4:48 am

      Yep, you could totally mix them up. Adding both seeds together is a great idea!

  • Reply
    August 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Hello, I was needing to know if you remove the top piece of parchment paper that was put on in the refrigerator before placing the pan in the oven. Thanks

    • Reply
      August 30, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Yes! Remove the top piece prior to cooking. Thanks for checking and happy baking! 🙂

  • Reply
    April 3, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Can you make these ahead of time or do these need to serviced immediately out of the oven

    • Reply
      April 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      You can make ahead of time, but they are best served the same day as they are baked.
      Hope you enjoy them!
      Kathy 🙂

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    Parth Rathod
    January 24, 2018 at 6:15 am

    5 stars
    these straws looks so good for snacks
    thank you for sharing

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    January 22, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I haven’t dropped by in a while Kathy but I’m so glad I did. These cheese straws are gorgeous. Nice work. Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

    • Reply
      January 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Hi Allie! It’s so good to hear from you. Thanks for the wonderful compliment!

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