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Photo of some creepy cheese straw fingersCheese straws are always really yummy, although for young children, they can be made just that little bit more fun and appealing if they are shaped as fingers - perfect for a healthy Halloween treat.

We like making these every year when Halloween comes along, because they look so good and taste so great. Use a knife to create the lines of knuckles, while the fingernails are made using almonds. They look really effective and just a little bit creepy at the same time, and are the perfect size for even the smallest of lunchbox.

You can use either mature Cheddar cheese or parmesan for a strong flavour, it just depends what you have available in your fridge when you are making them.

Recipe Ingredients

350 grams / 12 oz of plain white flour
200 grams / 7 oz of softened butter or cooking margarine
120 grams / 4 oz of mature, strong flavoured cheddar cheese (grated)
40 grams / 1 1/2 oz of parmesan cheese (grated)
2 eggs (beaten)
4 tablespoons of cold water
Whole almonds
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of English mustard powder (optional)


Rub the margarine / butter together with the flour, salt and optional mustard, to create a fine crumb-like mixture. You can either do this part of the recipe with your fingers or by using a food processor.

Stir in the grated cheeses, one of the eggs (beaten) and half of the water, until you start to make a firm cheese straw dough. Keep adding the water until you have reached the correct consistency. Place the dough / pastry mix in a plastic bag and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.

Now, this is the fun bit. Roll your cheesy dough onto a floured surface and cut into finger shapes. Use a knife to create knuckles on the 'fingers' and use whole almonds to create spooky looking dirty fingernails. Use the rest of the beaten egg as a glaze for your straws and then bake them in the oven (pre-heated to 180°C) for between ten and 15 minutes.

Picture of cheese straw fingers with almond fingernails
Further image of cheese straw fingers
Photo showing a plate of cheese straws, made to look like fingers

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