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

If you loved this recipe you’ll LOVE all the others in this category. Check out all my appetizers here!

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
Keyword puff pastry appetizer recipes, puff pastry cheese straws, puff pastry recipes, puff pastry straws
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
    [email protected]
    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!

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      January 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

      They are a perfect compliment to pasta!

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    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!

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    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?

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    January 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Wow these look so scrumptious! I think my kids would love these 🙂 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 🙂

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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! 🙂

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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! 🙂

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      January 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

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

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    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.

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      January 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm

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

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    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!

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      January 18, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Adding them to a cheese board is a perfect addition!

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    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”?

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      January 18, 2018 at 5:55 am

      Simplifying a good thing! 🙂

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