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Cheesy Oat Sticks






  • 1 cup quick cooking oats (uncooked)
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsps chopped chives
  • 3 tbsps margarine
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten

Stove or oven method:

Heat oven to 220°C (450°F).

Combine the first seven ingredients; mix well.

Cut in margarine until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add milk, mixing just until moistened.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 10 times.

Pat dough into rectangle about 1/2 inch thick; cut into 4x1/2 inch strips with sharp knife.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet; brush tops with egg white.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.


This makes a superb finger food for young children.​​

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