Cheese straws are universally popular at a party and these are an especially good version. You can vary them by substituting
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the paprika, cayenne pepper and caraway seeds and mix all evenly together. Then stir in the grated cheese. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub it into the flour and cheese mixture with your fingertips. Add the egg yolks and mix with a wooden spoon to a stiff dough.
Cool and then keep in an airtight container until needed. They are even nicer if reheated slightly before eating.
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