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Soft Garlic Parmesan Homemade Breadsticks

Homemade Breadsticks slathered in butter and sprinkled with a mix of garlic, Parmesan, and herbs  are perfect for dunking in marinara sauce or ranch dressing for a tasty appetizer or filling side. We love them with this copycat Olive Garden salad dressing over crunchy lettuce or with any of our favorite soup recipes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Additional Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 57 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 452kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 1 ½ cups warm water 105-110 degrees F
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup salted butter softened
  • 2-3 Tablespoons garlic bread seasoning see notes


  • Mix water, yeast, sugar, and salt with 1 cup of the flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.
  • Add more flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl on its own. You may not need all of the flour.
  • Knead for 3 minutes, then lift the dough out of the bowl and lightly grease the bowl. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean cloth and let rise for 30-45 minutes, until double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface and pat out into a large rectangle. Use a pizza cutter to slice into 12 equal-sized strips.
  • Gently twist each strip, then lay on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean cloth again and let rise another 15-20 minutes while the oven preheats.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until the tops of are golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately rub with the softened butter and sprinkle with the garlic bread sprinkle.
  • Serve warm with marinara sauce or ranch for dipping.


  • If using active dry yeast, just combine the water, sugar, and yeast in a small bowl and let proof for 5-10 minutes until foamy before proceeding to add the salt and flour.
  • You can buy garlic bread seasoning at the store or make your own. Just combine ½ cup powdered Parmesan cheese with 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons dried basil, 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt and 1 teaspoon marjoram, and mix well. You will not use all of the garlic bread seasoning for these breadsticks! Store any leftover seasoning in the fridge and use sprinkled over pasta, veggies, or mix 2 tablespoons with ½ cup of softened butter and spread on two halves of a loaf of French bread, then either toast them in the oven under a broiler, or put the halves back together, wrap in foil, and bake at 375 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until the butter is melted and the bread is hot.
  • You can use white whole wheat flour, bread flour, or a combination of either with all-purpose flour to make these breadsticks.


Serving: 1breadstick | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 173mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g