Italian Breadsticks

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I had quite a few requests for the breadstick recipe I mentioned in my baking day post earlier this week, so I knew I had to share. I can’t take credit for this recipe. It comes from my good friend Joy. It is without a doubt the best breadstick recipe I’ve ever made!

Italian Breadsticks

Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Bread
Keyword: Breadsticks


  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 – 3 tbsp butter, margarine, melted, or extra-virgin olive oil
  • Garlic powder/salt
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Add the yeast to the warm water and stir. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbly.
  • Mix sugar, flour, and salt together. Add the yeast mixture and stir to mix well.
  • Knead for a few minutes until smooth. Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Pour melted butter/margarine or olive oil in a 9”x13” baking dish.
  • Press the dough into the dish, spreading it out to fill it completely.
  • Cut the dough into strips in the baking dish and sprinkle with garlic and/or Parmesan cheese as desired. (I usually add some extra melted butter or olive oil on top too, but I’m overindulgent like that. You really don’t need to.)
  • Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake 20 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven until golden brown.
  • And here is one of our favorite, over-the-top indulgent variations – mozzarella and bacon breadsticks.
  • After the first 10 minutes of baking, I pulled the breadsticks out and covered them with 1 c. of mozzarella cheese and about 8 strips of fully cooked and crumbled bacon.