Soft Garlic Breadsticks

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.


20 breadsticks

Updated: Feb. 14, 2024
I rely on the convenience of my 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. It yields two 12-inch crusts. —Charles Smith, Baltic, Connecticut


  • 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 9 ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons 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. If desired, sprinkle with additional grated Parmesan cheese.

Soft Garlic Breadsticks Tips

What can you pair garlic breadsticks with?

Many Italian dishes pair beautifully with garlic breadsticks, whether it's lasagna, manicotti or carbonara!

How do you store garlic breadsticks?

You can store garlic breadsticks at room temperature wrapped in foil. Use within four days for best results. You can also freeze them for one to two months.

What are some variations of this garlic breadsticks recipe?

There are many breadstick variations you can try. You'll love these garlic cheese breadsticks and this Olive Garden breadstick copycat recipe.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 breadstick: 88 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 3g protein.