These garlic breadsticks are so delicious you’ll find it hard to stop at just one! Made from simple ingredients, you’ll have soft bread sticks in no time that are perfect for dipping in marinara sauce or accompanying a bowl of soup, stew, chili, or salad!
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Easy Garlic Breadsticks
There’s nothing like soft and fluffy garlic butter breadsticks with a golden exterior to accompany cozy meals like soups, salads, pasta, and roasts.
Not only are they perfect for mopping up the last drops of any flavorful sauces, broths, and gravies, but half the fun of going out to eat at places like the Olive Garden or other family-friendly restaurants is filling up on breadsticks before the meal even arrives!
Learning how to make homemade breadsticks from scratch means we no longer overindulge when we order out because now we know we can have them anytime we want!
With just 25 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes of rise time, you’ll have your house smelling like a bakery in no time. So, double the batch and freeze some for later!
Ingredients/ Shopping list
- Active dry yeast: The bread won’t rise if your yeast is expired, so be sure to check the date. If it’s open, it should be refrigerated.
- Warm water
- All-purpose Flour: Using too much flour can affect the density of your bread. Measure the amount correctly using a kitchen scale or spoon the flour into a measuring cup and scrape off the excess with the flat side of a knife.
- Unsalted Butter: Softened to room temperature, so bring it out about 30 minutes ahead of time.
- For the Topping: Melted unsalted butter, salt, garlic powder, and oregano.
1. If you’re not a fan of garlicky flavors, skip it! Brush with melted butter and coarse sea salt instead.
2. For cheesy breadsticks, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese would be a great addition to the garlic powder and oregano.
3. Use Italian seasoning instead of just the oregano.
4. Switch from dried herbs to chopped fresh parsley.
5. Feel free to add a tablespoon of garlic powder to the dough mixture if you’d like.
How to Make this Breadsticks Recipe
This homemade bread recipe has been a game-changer. Who knew they were so easy to make, even for your first time?! With simple ingredients, and an easy step-by-step recipe, here’s how to make them.
Step 1: Proof the yeast in a small bowl. Add ¼ cup of warm water and sprinkle in the yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it starts to foam. If it doesn’t, it’s dead and needs to be replaced with fresh yeast.
Step 2: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle or dough hook attachment on low speed, add the flour, softened butter, sugar, salt, and remaining water. Then, pour in the yeast mixture.
Step 3: Blend on medium speed until a sticky dough forms. Transfer the dough ball to a floured surface and knead the dough until it is smooth.
Step 4: Roll the dough out into a log (an oblong shape) and cut it into 16 equal pieces. If you want to get technical, you could use a scale to measure the weight of each piece of dough.
Step 5: Use your hands to roll each of the 16 pieces into a breadstick shape on a lightly floured surface, about 6-7 inches long. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
Step 6: Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm draft-free area until it doubles. This should be about 45 minutes, depending on your environment.
Step 7: Towards the end of the dough rise time, preheat the oven to 400° F. Brush the breadsticks with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano, and salt.
Step 8: Bake breadsticks for 12-15 minutes until golden brown on the outside. Enjoy your garlic breadsticks freshly baked straight out of the oven!
Can I Substitute Instant Yeast For Active Dry Yeast?
Yes, you can use an equal amount of instant yeast and simply add it to the flour mixture instead of needing it to dissolve first.
- For crispier breadsticks, bake for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- If you want more garlic flavor, brush with melted butter and garlic powder before AND after baking.
- It should be at least 68° F (20° C) for yeast to rise properly. If it is cooler, place it on the stovetop (turned off) with the oven turned on.
- The dough shouldn’t be sticky once you’ve had a chance to knead it. If you find it sticky rather than tacky (what it should be) sprinkle a little extra flour.
- Use a pizza cutter or dough scraper for an easier time cutting the log into pieces.
What about freezing the dough before baking?
Certainly! I like to freeze the dough before it’s cut. I will let it rise in a greased bowl (olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, etc.) for 45 minutes and then once it’s done rising, I will wrap it in plastic wrap to freeze. It’ll keep frozen for up to 4 months in an airtight freezer bag.
It’ll rise as it thaws and then you can go ahead and roll it, cut it, and bake the garlic breadsticks.
These will keep at room temperature for up to 4 days. The key is to make sure they’re always covered in an airtight container to keep them from drying out.
Absolutely. This is why I always say make more than you need. Garlic breadsticks on demand will always come in handy when you need them! Keep them frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter.
If you like yours a little crispy on the outside with that toasty texture, you can reheat them in a 300° F oven or use the toaster oven. For a softer texture, you can also use the microwave.
It’s also a good idea to brush them with a bit of the melted butter mixture before reheating them next time.
Homemade Garlic Breadsticks
For the Dough:
- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast one packet
- 1 ½ cups warm water divided (12 oz or 355ml)
- 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 540g plus more for dusting
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
For the Topping:
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- In a small bowl, add ¼ cup of warm water and the dry yeast and let it stand for about 5 minutes until foamy.2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast, 1 ½ cups warm water
- In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, butter, sugar, salt, remaining water and the yeast mixture. Blend on medium speed until a dough forms. (use an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment) The dough will be sticky.4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon salt
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead the dough until it is smooth.
- Roll the dough into an oblong shape and cut 16 equal pieces.
- Using your hands, roll the each piece of dough into a breadstick shape that is approximately 6-7 inches long and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
- Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. (about 45 minutes)
- Preheat the oven to 400° F
- Brush the breadsticks with the melted butter and sprinkle each with a pinch of garlic, oregano, and salt.3 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the sticks are golden brown. Enjoy immediately.
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