Crunchy Breadsticks

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.


16 breadsticks

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
These thin, crisp breadsticks created in our Test Kitchen add a bit of elegance to a holiday dinner. Each bite is perfectly seasoned with thyme and coarse salt.
Crunchy Breadsticks Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup ice water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and shortening; cover and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. While processing, gradually add water until dough forms a ball.
  2. Transfer to a floured surface. Roll dough into a 10x8-in. rectangle. Cut into sixteen 10x1/2-in. strips. Twist each strip 4 times and place on baking sheets. Brush with oil. Combine coarse salt and thyme; sprinkle over breadsticks.
  3. Bake at 350° until golden brown and crisp, 18-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

1 breadstick: 78 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.