Secret Recipe Club: Manchego Cheese Straws

Last month I participated in my first ever Secret Recipe Club and absolutely loved it. (My kiddies are still talking about how much they loved that Peanut Butter Fun Snack Cake.) For those of you unfamiliar with the Secret Recipe Club it's like a virtual recipe swap with another blogger, except I'm assigned a different blog each month, and the participants have no idea who is cooking something from their blog until reveal day. 

This month the blog I was assigned was Searching for Dessert, which is written by a former pastry chef. There are so many tempting, mouth-watering sweet treats to choose from, like Inside Out Cinnamon Rolls, Orange Creamsicle Rolls, and Banana Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Drizzle. But ultimately I went with a savory appetizer. Ashley's 6th grade graduation plans are underway and I'm trying out and looking for appetizer recipes to serve at the party.

These Manchego Cheese Straws were a huge hit. And you wouldn't believe how easy they are to make. I made some again today for our Sunday lunch with my in-laws and they disappeared within minutes. So clearly we have a keeper on our hands.

Manchego Cheese Straws -

Manchego Cheese Straws 
(Recipe from Searching for Dessert)

  • 1-1/2 cups flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled
  • 3 oz. manchego cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Sift the flour, salt, and pepper into a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or potato masher, add the butter until the mixture resembles peas. Mix in the cheese, egg yolks, and milk. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide dough in half. Roll out dough to 1/4 to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough into 1/2-inch strips. Twist strips 3 or 4 times before arranging on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Enjoy!


  1. Hi Leslie. This month I was assigned your blog for SRC and we wanted to eat just about everything you make, it all looks delicious. In the end we enjoyed a wonderful Mexican feast, all from your blog. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and I'll be back to try more.

  2. These cheese straws sound delicious, but I'm REALLY jazzed about finding your blog and its wealth of tasty recipes. Delicioso!

  3. The cheese straws look fantastic. Hope you're having as munch fun being part of the SRC as we do. I can't wait to see the rest of your blog.

  4. Those look SO good. Nice job for the SRC. Nice to see you in this circle. I'm no longer with Group A, but I still come read the posts each reveal!

  5. What a lovely appetizer! Manchego is such a great cheese. Awesome pick for this month.

  6. Last month was my first SRC too! I'm in group D though so unfortunately won't be assigned your blog in my future. I do Mexican Mondays on my site and I'll be sure to investigate your recipe index in the future! I'll be nice to do something authentic every now and then. ;)

  7. I can see why these would be popular - they look fantastic!

  8. These look fantastic! I'd love a few of these with a warm bowl of soup or they would be perfect as an appetizer. Yum!