Cheesy Marmite straws

Suitable from 12 months. Makes about 16 straws


175g plain flour

75g butter

125g mature cheddar cheese, grated

¼ tsp pepper

1 egg

Marmite for spreading



  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 190°C.

  • Step 2

    Sift the flour into a mixing bowl.

  • Step 3

    Cut the butter into pieces, add to the flour and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture has the consistency of fine breadcrumbs.

  • Step 4

    Add the grated cheese and pepper. 

  • Step 5

    Beat the egg and add gradually to the dough – just enough to make it stiff. 

  • Step 6

    Wrap the dough in greaseproof paper and pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

  • Step 7

    Lightly flour a clean work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle about 1 cm thick. Cut into strips (or straws) about 14cm x 1.5cm.

  • Step 8

    Carefully spread a thin layer of Marmite onto each straw. 

  • Step 9

    Either twist the straws in the middle or leave them straight, and place them onto a baking tray. Make sure they’re not touching one another.

  • Step 10

    Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Then cool on a wire rack. 

Warm the Marmite slightly to make spreading easier. Try using small cookie cutters to make shaped savoury biscuits: ideal for lunch boxes.