Herb and Parmesan Cheese Sticks

16 - 32 sticks
25 min prep time
50 min total time

These herb and parmesan cheese sticks from Joy the Baker are a delicious snack to serve as a start to any meal as they are or alongside mustard and olives. They use the quick homemade puff pastry recipe that you can find here.


1/2 recipe quick puff pastry

1 heaping cup shredded parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves

2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

za'atar spice or any spice blend that feels good to you


  • STEP 1

    Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Lightly sprinkle a clean counter with about a quarter of the shredded cheese. Place the chilled puff pastry atop the cheese and sprinkle the top with another quarter of cheese. Roll the dough into a roughly 8x12-inch rectangle, pressing the cheese into the puff pastry top, and bottom as you roll.

  • STEP 3

    Sprinkle half of the rectangle with a quarter of cheese and sprinkle with oregano, thyme leaves, and a few good sprinkles of za'atar. Fold the puff pastry in half to encase the herbs and cheese.

  • STEP 4

    Sprinkle the remaining quarter of cheese across the counter and on top of the pastry and roll into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.

  • STEP 5

    Slice the puff pastry into 3/4-inch strips. Cut those strips in half if you'd like shorter cheese straws.

  • STEP 6

    Lift one strip from the counter and twist with both hands. Place the twisted pastry on the prepare baking sheet and press gently to hold the twist.

  • STEP 7

    Repeat this twisting step with each strip of pastry.

  • STEP 8

    Refrigerate straws for 15 minutes while the oven preheats. Place a rack in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • STEP 9

    Bake for 15 to 22 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking to help all the straws brown evenly.

  • STEP 10

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool to set before serving. Serve with mustard and olives.

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