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Kaasstengels are also called cheese straws or cheese stems. Kaastengels are traditional cheese cookies in the Netherlands, but are also popular in Indonesia. This Dutch cheese shortbread is made with wheat flour, eggs, margarine and grated cheese. Various types of cheese might be used for this dish preparation such as Gouda, Cheddar or Edam. You can vary this recipe infinitely, with different sorts of herbs and spices, or just stick to the basic principle, using cheese and good salt & pepper. Kaasstengels are rectangular, about 3-4 cm in length and 1 cm wide. They are baked until golden brown and crispy.

Kaasstengels are traditionally served during Christmas and as a tasty accompaniment to soup.

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