Cheesy Twists

It’s Christmas Eve! Where did the year go? I hope you’re all prepared for Christmas! Here is my recipe for cheesy twists, simple to make, and perfect for festive nibbles or party food.

I first made cheesy twists in a food technology lesson at school about 10 years ago. Over the years I’ve adapted the recipe and they have become a firm favourite for this time of year.

I always use bought, frozen puff pastry that I take out of the freezer a couple of hours before making the twists, but you can make your own puff pastry if you choose! This recipe uses marmite, a spread made from yeast extract. I am not sure how widely available marmite is, but similar products, such as vegemite, are available in other countries. You could also use a different sort of spread, like mustard, or something like pesto.

Cheesey Twists

  • Servings: about 25 cheesy twists
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  • 250g puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp marmite
  • 70g cheese, grated


  • Pre-heat the oven to 190c and grease two baking trays
  • Split the pastry into two
  • Roll out one half of the pastry on a floured worksurface into a rectangle a few millimetres thick
  • Spread 1tbsp marmite over half of the rectangle and sprinkle over half of the grated cheese
  • Fold the pastry in half, pressing down on the edges to seal them
  • Lightly roll out the pastry a little more
  • Cut into strips about 2cm wide
  • Lightly twist the strips a few times and lay on one of the baking trays
  • Repeat the process with the other half of the pastry, cheese and marmite
  • Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes , until the pastry is golden
  • Remove from the tins and place on cooling racks
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container for a few days
  • Merry Christmas!




    6 thoughts on “Cheesy Twists

    1. These look great, and very easy! I’m making a variation of this for Christmas Day, using phyllo dough sprinkled with Parmesan and wrapped around asparagus spears, then baked for 10-12 minutes. I’m inspired by your addition of Marmite, though it’s not easy to find here in New Mexico. Have a very wonderful Christmas!

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