Soft Italian Breadsticks Recipe
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Soft Italian Breadsticks Recipe

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I use the "dough only" cycle on my bread machine to prepare these melt-in-your-mouth breadsticks that my family of five gobbles up! The soft, chewy breadsticks are irresistible when brushed with butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. They're the perfect accompaniment to soups or Italian entrees. -Christy Eichelberger, Jesup, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 73 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In bread machine pan, place the water, butter, salt, flour, sugar, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and yeast 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 in half. Cut each portion into 12 pieces; roll each into a 4-in. to 6-in. rope. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes.
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately brush with butter; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve warm. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Soft Italian Breadsticks in Quick Cooking September/October 2000, p31

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Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Very good and soft! If you like garlic, try increasing the garlic powder in the dough or add some with the Parmesan cheese."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"These were excellent! My family loved them!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Thanks for this recipe, I used the dough to make a Stromboli. I had to substitute minced garlic since I didn't have any powdered but it worked out fine"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"This is the only breadstick recipe I've made that turned out and that I actually liked! And believe me I've tried a lot! These are so delicious. I don't have a bread machine I just kneaded the dough for a few minutes. Definitely worth a try."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I combined this recipe with one I found in a Healthy Cooking Taste of Home magazine, Prosciutto Breadsticks. I rolled prosciutto into the breadsticks. Amazing!!!"

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