Soft Onion Breadsticks Recipe
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Soft Onion Breadsticks Recipe

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Soft Onion Breadsticks from filed editor Maryellen Hays of Wolcottville, Indiana are golden and chewy.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 81 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender; cool. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, 1 egg, sugar, salt, and 1 cup flour. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in onion and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Let stand for 10 minutes. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 32 pieces. Shape each piece into an 8-in. rope. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes.
  4. Beat cold water and remaining egg; brush over breadsticks. Sprinkle half with sesame seeds and half with poppy seeds. Bake at 350° for 16-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Soft Onion Breadsticks in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p13

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keverwann User ID: 1807985 32675
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"These were good; left out the toppings. The outside was rather crusty. The printed recipe in the TOH Cookbook has a typo with the "1 egg" being added twice to the dough. After I did that I didn't have one to brush on the top. The online recipe looks like it is correct."

chilipower User ID: 6100887 127761
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"Tasty breadsticks! These came out better than I expected them to. I varied the "toppings" to just sesame seeds, sesame seeds and grated parmesan cheese mixture, and basil, parsley, and parmesan cheese mixture. The fam thought they were great!!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 109988
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"Loved these breadsticks!"

eye_lady User ID: 4552636 127759
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I made these with soup, and my family gobbled them up! I would add more onion, and will when I make these again. My dough took longer to rise, but it was a simple and delicious recipe."

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