Makes 5 to 6 dozen3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Butter flavor Crisco-all vegetable shortening or 1 Butter Flavor Crisco stick
3 cups grated Parmesan cheese
3 egg yolks
4 tablespoons cold water
Combine flour, pepper and salt in mixing bowl. Cut in shortening using a pastry blender (or 2 knives) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cheese.
Beat egg yolks with water. Add to flour mixture. Toss to combine until dough forms ball. Divide dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Heat oven to 375 F. Place sheets of foil on countertop for cooling cheese straws.
Spread 1 tablespoon of flour on large sheet of waxed paper. Cut into strips 1/2-inch wide. Twist strips. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet with large pancake turner. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Roll out remaining dough.
Bake 1 baking sheet at a time at 375 F for 7 to 9 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cheese straws to foil to cool completely.
*Butter Flavor Crisco is artificially flavored.