Brianna’s Breadsticks

October 15, 2019Brianna

One of my roommates, Melissa, from my very first year of college made breadsticks….like all the time. I’m pretty sure she lived off of breadsticks and pie. None of us roommates minded at all, obviously. I’ve made her recipe countless times and in doing so have perfected my own version of these breadsticks. They are a hit at any dinner I’ve brought them to and you likely will not have leftovers so make sure you grab several at the start of your meal or someone else will be the lucky one. They are not healthy in the slightest (hello you delicious butter!) but what white bread really is? You deserve these breadsticks.

If you’re afraid of yeast doughs this is a GREAT and FORGIVING recipe for you to start conquering your yeast bread fears with. These are the fluffiest, buttery-est, most perfect breadsticks you’ll ever encounter. I promise. You need these in your life. I have my whole family making these now and they were requested a lot for family dinners back when we still lived close to family in Utah. I can’t wait for you to try these!


Brianna’s Breadsticks

So buttery, so addicting. The perfect addition to any soup or pasta.

  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes active, 40 minutes inactive
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: about 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 full sheet pan 1x



2 cups warm water

4 teaspoons yeast

3 tablespoons sugar

4 1/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons salt

Butter coating-

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp garlic salt plus more for sprinkling

Parmesan cheese and dried parsley flakes, optional for sprinkling on top of breadsticks


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Stir water, yeast, and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for 5 minutes till it starts to foam. With a dough hook attachment add in the flour, salt and garlic powder and knead till dough combines together around the hook (about 3-4 minutes). You may at this point need to add a bit more flour till the dough doesn’t completely stick to your fingers. Don’t add too much or the breadsticks will be dry. Cover with a towel, let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Melt butter and stir in garlic salt; pour in a pie tin/plate. Place a baking sheet on the counter. Separate dough into 2 sections. Sprinkle flour on counter. Roll the first half of the dough out into a rectangle about 1/3 inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut dough into strips. Dip both sides in butter in the pie plate, stretch, fold in half & twist. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat, placing the breadsticks so they all touch, until done. Repeat with the second half of the dough. This should make a FULL baking sheet of breadsticks. Sprinkle with more garlic salt, parmesan cheese & parsley flakes if desired. Let rise for 10-15 minutes before placing in oven. Bake till starting to get golden brown on top. Don’t over-cook or the breadsticks won’t be as soft.

I prefer cooking these on a light-colored cookie sheet so the bottom doesn’t get too done.


If you don’t have a stand mixer you can start with everything in a bowl. Then when it gets too hard to mix transfer to the counter and keep adding flour and kneading till the dough is soft and not too sticky. Knead for about 5 minutes or so.

I’ve made these quite a bit using half whole wheat flour as well. Add an additional minute or so of kneading if you use half whole wheat flour

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3 years ago

These have become a family favorite! They are the yummiest breadsticks I’ve made and I love how easy they are to make too. My husband gets so excited when he sees that these are on the menu.

2 years ago

These are THE BEST. They never fail. They are so buttery and delicious, a new staple in our home.

2 years ago

I use this recipe ALL the time and everyone always comments on how good they are! It’s super easy to make!

1 year ago

These have been very popular since Brianna introduced them to us years ago and the BEST breadsticks ever. I sometimes add Parmesan cheese and crushed up rosemary on top of it. I’ve also added minced garlic as well. These are easy to make and taste so good. Great for any pasta dish.

1 year ago

My kids said these were “legendary” and “the best breadsticks ever!” Those are some great compliments coming from picky eaters and opinionated teens.
They were so tasty and so soft. I will add even more garlic to them next time though.
They were so easy to make. I used rapid yeast and I did rush the dough rising a bit using the warm towel covering method in a warm oven but they were still so delicious with our pasta dinner. Can’t wait to try your !

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