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Soft Italian Breadsticks Recipe

Soft Italian Breadsticks Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 73 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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momtomatt User ID: 1197551 256143
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"Great breadsticks recipe! I love using my bread machine's dough cycle to make baking bread easier. I've had this only issue of quick Cooking for years and I can't believe I just got around to finally trying this recipe!"

amsm User ID: 8302234 249829
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2016

"These were very flavorful and soft! I made these for my family and there were no leftovers! There is not a lot of garlic flavor, so next time I will add some garlic to the topping. I do not have a bread machine, so I made them without one."

s_pants User ID: 174050 41236
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."

irenegll User ID: 844856 101267
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"These were excellent! My family loved them!"

Shelleyrae73 User ID: 7517543 44488
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"

irishmamacookall User ID: 7244559 31666
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."

stwood64 User ID: 3644447 80788
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!!!"

smalltowngirl_VA User ID: 783822 87286
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"These are the best homemade breadsteaks I've ever had! My family can't get enough of them. And since they start in the bread machine they are super easy!"

RWF Kitchen User ID: 5891367 203782
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"I substituted canola oil in place of the butter when I made the dough. They were so light and delicious. I will be making them again next week!!"

Northern Chick User ID: 4901887 31665
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"These are amazing! My family loves these so much. I've shared them with friends as well, and they are surprised when they find out I made them from scratch. Definitely a keeper!"

rhiler User ID: 2066529 79804
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"These are fabulous! Since I don't like shaping breadsticks I make them into small loaves instead. My friends all rave about them."

pearlrvr User ID: 1256058 79763
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"These are wonderful. I halved the Italian seasoning (family preference) and mixed them with a KitchenAid rather than a bread machine but left everything else the same. Next time though, I will sprinkle garlic salt AND parmesan on the breadsticks when I pull them from the oven."

angiegillespie User ID: 5288613 33030
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

"I actually combine the entire dough and form a loaf. It makes the best Italian bread! I form the loaf and make shallow slits in it before it rises! Very nice!"

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 25449
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2009

"My family loved them..they told me they were better then Olive Gardens! The dough was easy to mix up in my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I want to make this into Pizza Dough or take out the Italian seasoning and galic power out and make then into dinner rolls! I will be making recipe again for years to come!"

lil momma jenn User ID: 2508512 74511
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2008

"These were good and super soft. Too soft to stand up to my chili but great alone.

Thanks, Jenn"

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