When I was in college I made a 100,000 cheese straws for every President’s tea, Alumni luncheon, or fundraiser that was held while I was there. It seems that one would tire of a certain food when one had to produce that many in such a short time. But, that is not the case. I still love them and when I saw this recipe in Ina Garten’s Back to Basic Cookbook using freshly grated parmesan cheese I had to try them. These are similar to cheese straws in some ways, but much more rich and oh so flavorful. In other words they are absolutely divine. These crackers are a buttery shortbread with the saltiness of parmesan cheese and a hint of thyme. Novice cooks these are just for you to pull out of the oven and place on a beautiful tray at a party. I promise they will be a hit!