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Puff Pastry Straws

January 13, 2018 (Last Updated: May 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 buffet table or serving with soup or salad.

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.

Other great appetizers 


Bread sticks on a wire rack.

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Puff pastry straws cooling on a rack. These straws are topped with sesame seeds.

Puff Pastry Straws

Delicate puff pastry topped with cheese, sesame seeds or poppy seeds
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 125 kcal


  • 1 puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 tblespoon 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. 


Dough needs to chill for at least 30 minutes before baking. 
Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma Essentials of Baking.


Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 17mgVitamin A: 35IUCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.6mg
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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! 🙂

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!

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