Soft Bread Sticks


Homemade Soft Breadsticks

Did everyone have a good weekend?  We got tons of snow on Sunday with lots of wind.  So most of our weekend was spent relaxing inside.  After a few busy weeks in a row, it was nice to just relax.  Yesterday, I shared with you a copycat version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup.  You may have noticed some fluffy bread sticks in the pictures.  Don’t worry, I didn’t leave you hanging.  Today is bread sticks!

Homemade Soft Breadsticks

I am one of those people that can’t have soup without bread.  It doesn’t really matter what kind of soup it is, I need bread to dip in it. Because I love the bread sticks at Olive Garden with the soup, I decided to do the same at home.  These bread sticks are super soft, thick, and buttery.   This is not a copycat recipe, but I think they could hold their own in a competition.

Homemade Soft Breadsticks

I have been making more and more fresh bread lately.  I actually enjoy kneading the dough, it seems to be a great stress reliever.  Plus the smells is amazing, and there is nothing like breaking into a fresh loaf of bread straight out of the oven.  These bread sticks were no different.  They have minimal rising time, so they were great to start right after school and have for dinner.  If you have a fear of yeast, this is a pretty easy recipe to start with.

Yields 12

Soft and fluffy bread sticks topped with a butter garlic mixture.

60 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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    For the bread sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast (1 package)
  • 2 Tbls sugar
  • 4 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbls salt
  • 2 Tbls melted butter
  • For the topping
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. In a small bowl combine the sugar, yeast and warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and butter. Mix until it starts to come together in a ball. Knead for 5 minutes.
  3. Form the dough into a square on your counter. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll into a bread stick.
  4. Place on a lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake bread sticks for 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  6. Mix together the butter, garlic powder and salt. Brush over the cooked bread sticks.
  7. Allow to cool slightly before serving


Adapted from You Made That





  1. Wow, snow at the end of February when all our friends in California are now enjoying the first of Spring! Ahhh…such is life in our neck of the woods. On the bright side, winter-y days like this call for winter-y comfort foods. These soft bread sticks are just it!

  2. Mmm… breadsticks are delicious! And definitely a perfect complement to soup!

  3. I agree- I can’t have soup without bread either (or croutons or some kind of bready-ness). I love making my own bread, but have never tried bread sticks before. These look great!

  4. I can never say no to homemade bread!

  5. Nothing better than a soft warm breadstick… unless it’s one soft, warm and dipped in a ton of extra garlic butter hehe

  6. If I made these I’d have to hide them from myself – there’s no telling how many I could eat :) They look so good!!

  7. Breadsticks are a dangerous thing to have in our household. I have NO self control when it comes to breadsticks! These sound amazing and totally worth a carb- induced coma!!!

  8. Such soft and fluffy bread sticks! These look absolutely perfect!

  9. We got a ton of snow in NH this weekend too. It just won’t stop! These bread sticks and yesterdays soup would be AWESOME to warm up after shoveling!

  10. Oh my I totally want this … delicious and so easy

  11. You can keep the soup, I’ll take the bread sticks. Me very happy!

  12. I could eat quite a few of these. Delish! Perfect.

  13. I freakin’ LURRVEEE those breadsticks!! Okay, these are on the list.

  14. I never make homemade bread sticks. Yeast does intimidate me sometime, but these look pretty simple!

  15. Sold!! I’m SO making these!! Last year our school had a function where I needed to pick up bread sticks from Olive Garden. There were some 5 or 6 huge bags of bread sticks and I made it about a mile before I thought, “Hmmm… no one is here. No one knows really how many bread sticks there are in these bags, like they would count them anyway. I’ll have just one…”. Well… that one turned into 4 or 5!
    My kids will be thrilled with these beauties!

  16. These are beautiful! I’m such a carb freak, I love all kinds of bread. My family would devour a basket of these at dinner!!

  17. To me, there’s nothing more lovely than the aroma of fresh bread baking (well, maybe Lilies of the Valley in the Spring). Your bread sticks look soft and yeasty and delicious!

  18. Those look great! I am a sucker for fresh bread too.

    P.S. Your recipe has a typo! In the bread portion it says 1 TBSP “alt”. Self editing is so hard. I make typos that I miss all the time! 😉

  19. Oh my gosh I love their breadsticks. I sometimes get a craving for just going to get their soup salad and breaksticks deal

  20. These look incredibly soft and delicious. :)

  21. We go to Olive Garden just for the endless supply of breadsticks and soup!!! Yours look delicious and soft!!! My kids would gobble them up in no time!!!

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