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Witch Fingers Cheese Straws

By Amber 1
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Witch fingers cheese straws are ghoulishly good and the perfect Halloween finger food for your party guests!

witch fingers cheese straws for halloween
Witch Fingers Cheese straws topped w/ red pepper jelly & marcona almonds

It’s officially fall witch (👀🤪) means it’s time for ALL THINGS HALLOWEEN!!

I’ve been wanting to make my southern baptist grandmother’s cheese straws recipe into Halloween witch fingers for oh so long, and I’m so thrilled to bring them here for you today!

Everyone in the south knows a good party needs a big platter of cheese straws, and what’s a Halloween shindig with out some gross looking finger foods?!?

southern cheese straws ingredients in a black bowl surrounded by Halloween decor

Southern Cheese Straws

I grew up eating cheese straws at every family holiday gathering. My mom and I would take a whole day before thanksgiving and Christmas to bake away in the kitchen, and we’d always make “cheese wafers” (cheese straws shaped into coins).

Sure, it’s easy to buy them in stores or have them shipped to your house, but nothing store-bought will ever taste as delicious as a cheesy, buttery fresh-baked cheese straw. Plus, who doesn’t want to make memories baking in the kitchen with their mamas?

If you’ve never had southern cheese straws you’re in for a treat! They are addictive as all get out and are pure, unadulterated savory cheddary crack crackers. And when dipped in red pepper jelly and topped with Marcona almonds?

Lawd have mercy, if I had eaten one more the day I made these, my husband would have had to roll me to the hospital in a wheelbarrow. I ate one every time I walked by the kitchen, and you best believe I made up reasons just to walk by the kitchen “one last time”. Ha! Ha!

Cheese Straw Recipe

There are various cheese straw recipes out there, but I guarantee you mine is tried and true. Over the years I’ve zsooshed it up and popped in some pizazz, boosting up the flavor a bit from the original southern cheese straw recipe my grandmother gave to me. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the most flavorful cheese straws ever:

  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Garlic powder
  • Mustard powder (or yellow mustard)
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne (optional)

Now, every cheese straw recipe you read on the interwebz will tell you to use a mixer to cream together the cheese and butter. I’m telling you NOT TO USE A MIXER. There’s no reason to dirty up any additional equipment when you have two perfectly good tools right in front of you. YOUR IMPECCABLY CLEAN HANDS.

To get real, authentic southern cheese straws, blend and squish cheddar cheese and butter together with your hands just as our grandmothers, great grandmothers, and the older generations did before us.

Witch Fingers Cheese Straws

My favorite part about this witch fingers recipe is how quickly they pull together and how easy they are to assemble. There is no hand rolling or single shaping to be done and no special piping tools or cookie presses with star tips to be had.

Just take one half of the cheese straw dough and roll it into a long rectangle. Then slice it all up with a pizza cutter. Dollop a dab of sweet and spicy red pepper jelly on each one then top with a Marcona almond. Bake for 12-14 mins on 350.

Remove to a cooling rack. Done and done!

witch fingers cheese straws on a baking sheet with parchment paper

More Fun Halloween Recipes…

Wicked Witches Brew
Spooky Halloween Monster Muddy Buddies
BooBerry Biscuits
Spooky Charcuterie
Mummy Hot Dogs
Mummy in a Coffin Pizza
Halloween Monster Mash Party Mix
Mini Carrot Mummies

witch fingers cheese straws with red pepper jelly and marcona almonds on a white plate

Witch Fingers Cheese Straws

Witch fingers cheese straws are ghoulishly good and the perfect Halloween finger food for your party guests!
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Appetizer, finger food
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: cheese straws, southern appetizers, southern cheese straws, witch fingers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Amber



For the Witch Fingers Cheese Straws:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup
  • 1 block cheddar cheese, freshly grated 8 ounces
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
  • pinch of ground cayenne to taste
  • red pepper jelly
  • Marcona almonds


For the Witch Fingers Cheese Straws:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a baking sheet w/ parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, paprika, ground mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl and using impeccably clean hands, cream and squish together butter and cheddar cheese and very well combined.
  • Slowly sprinkle in the flour mixture, a spoonful at a time, mixing well with your hands after each addition. Keep mixing until all of the flour has been added. The dough may be somewhat shaggy and stiff, but the heat from your hands will help soften it so keep mixing until it softens and pulls together. Cut the dough in half.
  • Transfer one piece of the dough to a floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll it out into a small rectangle roughly 1/4" thick 12" long and 4" wide. Cut the dough down the middle lengthwise then cut the dough into small strips. Transfer to a baking sheet about an inch apart.
  • Dollop 1/4 of a tsp of red pepper jelly onto the tip of each witch finger then top with a Marcona almond. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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1 Comment
  • Camilla Hawkins
    September 23, 2021

    Loving the flavours here, these fingers look so cool, I bet they don’t hang around for long! Thank you for linking to my Mummy in a Coffin Pizza:-)