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Puff Pastry Straws

January 13, 2018 (Last Updated: August 31, 2019)

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Delicate, flaky puff pastry straws topped with Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds and poppy seeds.

Puff pastry cheese straws served in a wire basket lined with a napkin.

Have you ever had puff pastry straws or cheese straws? They are so super easy and very elegant too! Your guests will think you spent hours making them.

Three Cheese straws served on a small 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.

How do I form the Straws?

The technique is simply 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. The Parmesan cheese was my favorite. I love the baked cheesy taste. You could get very creative with your toppings and use just about anything.

Puff pastry straws cooling on a rack.

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5 from 4 votes
Puff pastry straws cooling on a rack. These straws are topped with sesame seeds.
Puff Pastry Straws
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Delicate puff pastry topped with cheese, sesame seeds or poppy seeds

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: puff pastry appetizer recipes, puff pastry cheese straws, puff pastry recipes, puff pastry straws
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds optional
  • 1 tblespoon sesame seeds optional
  1. 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.

  2. Lightly beat egg and water together.  Brush surface of puff pastry with egg mixture.

  3. Sprinkle one of the toppings on surface. Sprinkle with salt. 

  4. Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into long, even 1/2" strips.

  5. Working with one strip at a time, pick up strip and twist both ends in an opposite direction until strip is completely spiraled.

  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press end onto parchment paper to prevent any untwisting. 

  7. Repeat with remaining strips spacing 1" on baking sheet. 

  8. Cover baking sheet with another piece of parchment paper and refrigerate pan for 30 minutes. 

  9. Remove top sheet of parchment paper and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.

  10. Cool on a baking rack. 

Recipe Notes

Dough needs to chill for at least 30 minutes before baking.Ā 

Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma Essentials of Baking.

Nutrition Facts
Puff Pastry Straws
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma Essentials of Baking



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  • 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! šŸ™‚

  • 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 šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    January 22, 2018 at 6:08 am

    5 stars
    I love these puff pastry straws! They’d go perfectly with the pasta I’m serving up today!

    • Reply
      January 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

      They are a perfect compliment to pasta!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 18, 2018 at 8:27 am

    5 stars
    I’m am seriously obsessed with puff pastry and totally impressed that you make your own. I could eat a serious amount of these! Yum!

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    January 17, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Who doesn’t love pastry, Kathy?! This is an excellent recipe and really mouth-watering pastry straws. Can I use milk instead of water for this recipe?

  • Reply
    January 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Wow these look so scrumptious! I think my kids would love these šŸ™‚ Can’t wait to try them out!

    • Reply
      January 24, 2018 at 10:46 am

      My kids loved ’em! We all loved ’em!

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    Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    January 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a great idea Kathy, puff pastry cheese straws sound like a great snack…I cannot wait to try this recipe too šŸ™‚

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    David @ Spiced
    January 16, 2018 at 6:31 am

    What a fun idea! I love using puff pastry as a quick “cheat” for all sorts of desserts, but I don’t think I’ve ever used it to make cheese straws. I do love cheese straws, though! I am totally going to keep this idea in mind for the next time we have friends over for drinks. I’m thinking an everything bagel topping on these would be a fun twist! šŸ™‚

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    January 16, 2018 at 3:02 am

    I saw these straws on Foodgawker or another similar site yesterday and I thought I have to make them. I hadn’t even noticed that they were yours until now. Beautiful recipe! I love anything with puff pastry and these straws are perfect, I know exactly how they will taste! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      January 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks, Adina! I hope you do make these straws. You’re sure to love hem.

  • Reply
    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    January 15, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Im so in love with these!! I love puff pastry and I can just imagine how perfect these are, I love the sesame version. Take care.

    • Reply
      January 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      You can do so many different things with puff pastry and I think they are all amazing!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 14, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I LOVE puff pastry cheese straws Kathy! I make them every now and then and add them to my cheese board. Always a winner with guests! These look delish!

    • Reply
      January 18, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Adding them to a cheese board is a perfect addition!

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    January 14, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Now these look so appetizing and easy to make, too! I have never tried making these, always preferring instead to make ‘fancy’ things with puff pastry. Wasn’t it Thoreau who said “Simplify, simplify”?

    • Reply
      January 18, 2018 at 5:55 am

      Simplifying a good thing! šŸ™‚

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