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Homemade Breadsticks are light, buttery, and oh so delicious! You can make them by hand or in a stand mixer. These easy appetizers are ready to eat in less than 90 minutes. This simple recipe for Copycat Olive Garden recipe makes buttery, garlic-scented, and chewy bread sticks that are utterly addictive!

Dinner is just never complete without a side of bread of some sort! The kids love to help roll out the ‘snakes,’ and we love that this is one of those recipes that gets everyone involved.

  • Light and airy: The dough bakes up so fluffy and soft, better than anything from the store.
  • Freezer friendly: You can freeze the dough before baking, or the baked breadsticks, see instructions below

Breadstick Toppings and Variations:

  • Garlic Butter topping (Olive Garden style): combine 2 Tablespoons salted butter and ¼ teaspoon garlic powder. Mix and spread over warm breadsticks from the oven.
  • Cheesy Breadsticks: After rolling out the breadstick dough and placing on a baking sheet, spread the uncooked breadsticks with melted butter. Sprinkle ½ cup finely shredded cheese on top (I like to use ¼ cup parmesan cheese and ¼ cup mozzarella cheese). Cover, rise, and bake as directed.
  • Little Caesars Crazy Bread: top with garlic butter (above) and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top
  • Cinnamon Sugar Breadsticks: After rolling out dough and placing on a baking sheet, spread the uncooked breadsticks with 2 Tablespoons melted butter. Combine ¼ cup granulated sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon sugar and sprinkle over breadsticks. Cover, rise, and bake as directed.

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Breadsticks – copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks!

  • Author: Handle The Heat
  • Prep Time: 2:37
  • Cook Time: :12
  • Total Time: 2:49
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian



For the dough:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 16 ounces (about 3 1/3 to 3 1/2 cups) bread flour

For the toppings:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


    1. In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the water, yeast, sugar, and butter. Add in the salt. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and begin to gradually add the flour on low speed. Increase speed to medium and knead the dough for about 7 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.
    2. Remove the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
    3. Divide the dough into 12 (2 ounce) portions. Roll each piece of dough into a 7-inch log. Place the dough logs on nonstick baking mat or parchment-lined baking sheets, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    4. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter. Combine the salt and garlic powder and sprinkle evenly over breadsticks.
    5. Serve warm.
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