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

81 calories: 1 each, 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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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."

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!!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"Loved these breadsticks!"

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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