Princess Cruises’ Spicy Cheese Twists Recipe

A favorite of one of Princess Cruises' passengers, this onboard snack is really easy to make at home. - Photo by Slavica Stajic / Shutterstock

Dear Editor,

While on the Panama Canal cruise on the Coral Princess, we went to the buffet one evening and had the most delicious cheese sticks I've ever eaten. They were made from puff pastry sheets with cheese and sesame seeds and poppy seeds sprinkled on top, and then cut into strips and twisted. Would it be possible to get the recipe for them? I would love to make them. Any help you can give would really be appreciated.


Judy A.


Dear Judy,

Thanks so much for your email. We were able to track down the recipe for Princess’ spicy cheese twists for you. We hope they turn out to be just as delicious as they were on the ship!


Bon Voyage magazine editor


Spicy Cheese Twists

Makes 12



8 oz. frozen puff pastry dough

2 oz. margarine or butter, melted

2 oz. Swiss cheese, finely grated

1/8 tsp. paprika

1/8 tsp. black pepper, ground

¼ tsp. crushed red chilies or chili powder

¼ tsp. poppy seeds

½ tsp. sesame seeds



Preheat oven to 400 F.

Remove frozen puff pastry dough from container and let it defrost slightly, about 10 minutes. Roll it out and flatten it into a square. Brush lightly with melted butter.

Mix cheese, paprika, black pepper, and chili powder together and sprinkle over the dough. Place the dough back into the freezer for 20 minutes.

Remove the dough and cut into 12 equal strips using a knife. Using a clean spray bottle filled with plain water, spray one strip and dip one side into poppy seeds. Turn it over, spray again, and dip the other side into sesame seeds.

Twist the strip three times (see picture) and place it on an ungreased sheet pan. Continue the process until all strips are dipped and twisted. Let the dough rest on the sheet pan, covered loosely with waxed paper, for 10 minutes.

Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

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