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5 from 4 votes

Easy Breadsticks

If you are a breadsticks lover, especially the ones from Olive Garden, give this recipe a try. I am addicted to bread and breadsticks. These are incredibly easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, and they taste amazing!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Rising Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 38 mins
Course: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: buttery, easy, soft, yeast
Servings: 14 Breadsticks
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowls
  • Dough cutter or knife
  • Plastic wrap or damp cloth
  • sheet pan
  • parchment paper or a silicone mat
  • Basting brush
  • Stand mixer with dough hook (optional)


  • 3 cups of Bread Flour 360g
  • 1/4 cup of softened or melted butter 55g
  • 2 Tbsp of granulated sugar 25g
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp of water 250ml
  • 1 tsp of active dry yeast 3g
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp of salt 6g


  • 2 tbsp of melted butter 28g
  • pinch of garlic powder or garlic salt


  • Begin by heating the water in a bowl in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Heat it to 100 to 110 F (37 to 43 C). Add the sugar and yeast and stir it. Then let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets foamy/frothy.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour and salt and mix.
  • In a large bowl add the yeast mixture. Melt the butter until just barely melted, make sure it isn't hot. Then add it to the bowl with the yeast. Add the flour mixture a third at a time until a dough forms. Leave a few tablespoons leftover.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for 8 to 10 minutes adding the leftover flour as necessary to keep it from sticking.
  • Shape the kneaded dough into a ball and add to a large bowl with a tsp or two of oil. Coat the dough in oil and cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Once the dough has risen, shape it into a long log and cut it into 12 to 16 equal pieces depending on how large you want them. Roll out each piece into a long snake and place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You will need two pans or use the same pan and wait until the first batch is baked.
  • Loosely cover them with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and allow to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F/205 C. Baste the tops of the breadsticks with melted butter and then bake on the middle rack position for 12 to 14 minutes until golden brown. Baste again with butter once out of the oven and add a pinch of garlic powder or garlic salt. Let them cool for a few minutes, and then dive into them. Enjoy!



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