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Cheese Twists

Cheese Twists are a great choice for your next get-together. Flaky, cheesy, crispy and easy to make ahead as an appetizer. And very popular!

Cheese Twists – also called Cheese Straws – are a go-to for us during holidays.  Melt-in-your-mouth bites that satisfy those carb cravings.

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Cheese twists are not new, but they are certainly popular with guests. We like to add a bit of mustard powder and herbs to boost the flavor.

They can be baked weeks ahead and warmed in the oven for a few minutes which makes them an easy party appetizer. Feel free to use your favorite cheese or combination of cheeses.

This recipe uses frozen packaged puff pastry which, in our opinion, is a little miracle because it is so *!##!** convenient. Especially when you buy it in two pre-rolled sheets of dough. I mean you don’t even have to roll the dough! About 30 minutes start to finish. Easy, quick, good, pretty. Hard to beat.

You might also want to check out more easy make-ahead appetizers.


  • Buy pre-shredded cheese
  • Of course the store-bought puff pastry is a huge time saver!

Make Ahead

  • Cool the cheese twists completely, then store in a sealed container or ziploc bag. May be frozen and reheated at 350F for a 5-6 minutes.

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Cheese Twists

Puff pastry Cheese Twists are a great choice for your next get-together. Flaky, cheesy, crispy and easy to make ahead as an appetizer. And very popular!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 twists (or 24 longer twists)
Author: Cheryl


  • 1 package store-bought puff pastry dough (2 sheets)
  • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup finely grated cheese (gruyere, Parmesan, cheddar or any combination)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme or rosemary (optional)


  • Preheat over to 375F
  • PREPARE CHEESE TWISTS: Unroll the two sheets of puff pastry dough onto a lightly floured cutting board or parchment paper. Each sheet should be about 10 x 12 inches (stretch a bit if needed). In a small bowl, mix together water, egg, salt and mustard powder mustard. Lightly brush this egg wash on the puff pastry sheets. Sprinkle on the cheese and thyme (if using) evenly. Press down gently with the heel of your hand (or a rolling pin) to make the cheese stick to the dough. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut first sheet into about 12 strips. Also cut the strips in half if you want shorter twists and twice as many. Repeat with 2nd sheet of dough.
  • BAKE: Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Twist each strip into a corkscrew and lay it on the pan. Repeat until all strips have been twisted. Leave a little space (about 1/2 inch) between each twist as they will expand a bit. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese twists are golden brown. Turn half way through for more even browning.


To Make Ahead, Store and Freeze: Cool cheese twists completely, then store in a sealed container or ziploc bag. May be frozen and reheated at 350F for a few minutes.
Nutrition values are estimates.


Nutrition Facts
Cheese Twists
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 11mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 41IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Adapted from an Ina Garten Cheese Straw recipe.

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