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Soft Garlic Breadsticks Recipe

Soft Garlic Breadsticks Recipe

Charles Smith relies of a bread machine to mix the dough for these buttery golden breadsticks that are mildly seasoned with garlic and basil. "I like to use this dough when making pizza, too," says the Baltic, Connecticut reader. "It makes two 12-inch crusts."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:20 servings


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (70° to 80°)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. In bread machine pan, place the first nine ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • 2. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 20 portions. Shape each into a ball; roll each into a 9-in. rope. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Brush warm breadsticks with butter. Yield: 20 breadsticks.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 88 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch

Reviews for Soft Garlic Breadsticks

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"Made these as written and they were a great side with spaghetti...brushed the leftovers with some garlic parsley butter the next day, split in half and used for cheese toast with tomato soup...This is a keeper! :)"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"four words...totally easy; the best!!"

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I wasn't sure if I'd like these so I did half a batch. I really liked them except for 1 thing. They seemed too sweet for me. I only used 1 tb of sugar since the original called for 2 tb. So, I know I didn't mess up. So, next time I will be omitting the sugar altogether. I also put my oven on warm and let them rise in there for 15 minutes. I think I will try the 40 minutes next time. They rose fine in the oven but they seemed a little more dense than if I did it outside of the oven for the 40 minutes. Otherwise I really loved these. Also didn't have basil so that got omitted too. Delicious still! So, next time I'll omit the sugar and let them rise for 40 minutes covered."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"These were delicious. I made them to go with Slow-Cooker Italian Meatball Soup from another website. My husband wasn't too happy about having soup on an early September day in Florida, but he loved these bread sticks and said they saved the dinner for him. Said they were better than the bread sticks from Caesar's Pizza. I will make these again."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"Most excellent! Reminds me of the bread sticks at Olive Garden!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"very good. made exactly as written."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"These breadsticks were fantastic! Baked them to go with chilli for the harvest crew and they were gone in no time!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"My family LOVED these."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"These breadsticks are simply the best! After they're done, and I brush them with butter I then sprinkle garlic salt over the top. Everyone loves them!"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"These breadsticks were delicious - followed recipe exact. I baked half of the recipe and froze the other half of dough. I spread melted butter with garlic salt on them after removing from oven. Yummy !!!"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"this recipe is a winner! Put some in freezer and took them out and let them defrost on the counter. Great with our tortellini soup. Try them,so easy."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"I have been looking for a good recipe that tast like the Olive Garden's breadsticks and this is it. My family just loved them, I will be making them with our chicken alfredo for now on. Wonderful!"

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"This sounds easy and delicious! I haven't made them yet, but I am looking for an easy recipe for a crowd. Someone mentioned freezing them. Would you freeze them before or after baking? Probably a stupid question, but I don't bake often."

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"This is my go to dough for breadsticks, pizza, calzones. Freezes well also!"

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"We love these! I use it to make pizza dough a lot. But I do a tad less sugar and basil. Great!"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"We absolutely love this recipe! We like them dipped in Alfredo sauce with every Italian meal we make. They taste so much like Olive Garden's that it's amazing. When I pull the breadsticks out of the oven, I brush them with butter and then sprinkle with garlic salt. Wonderful!"

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"These are AWESOME! My kids and husband licked their plates clean with these tasty sticks! Our family loves garlic so I doubled it, and it was fantastic! Thanks for adding another outstanding addition to my kitchens arsenal of delicious sides!"

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2008

"Very versatile bread sticks. Kids love them plain or dipped in pizza sauce or ranch dip."

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