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a chewy homemade breadstick sitting on other bread sticks

Homemade Breadsticks With Garlic and Parmesan

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 17 mins + 1 hour rise time
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bread sticks 1x


These simple homemade breadsticks are brushed with a tasty seasoned garlic butter and topped with crunchy Parmesan cheese - they'll be your go-to bread stick recipe from now on!



For The Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water (may need up to 1 cup)

For The Topping:

  • 4 TBS salted butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, or more to taste
  • Dipping sauces as desired:  pizza sauce, ranch, more garlic butter, etc.


  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, salt, garlic powder, and sugar.
  2. Slowly add the warm water until a dough forms.  If the dough is too dry, drizzle in extra water a teaspoon at a time.  The dough should not be too sticky or too dry (it should be fairly easy to handle) and should have an elastic texture.
  3. With floured hands, knead the dough for one minute and form into a ball.
  4. Lightly oil a clean bowl and place the dough ball inside.  Cover with a towel and place in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment or spraying lightly with cooking spray.
  6. Flour a rolling pin and a work surface.  Turn the dough out onto the surface and roll out into a rectangle approximately 10x12" in size.  Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet.
  7. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.  Add the garlic powder and italian seasoning and stir.
  8. Brush the dough with the seasoned butter and top with Parmesan cheese, making sure to go all the way to the edges with both.
  9. Bake on the center rack for 15-17 minutes until dough is golden and cheese is browned and crunchy.
  10. Remove from oven and use a pizza roller to cut into sticks of desired size.
  11. Serve warm, plain or with dipping sauces (pizza sauce, ranch, or extra garlic butter)


Make sure your yeast is fresh and not expired.  The water should be very warm to the touch but not hot.

If your kitchen is cold, the dough will take much longer to rise.  Set your oven to Warm (or about 150F) and then turn it off when preheated.  Leave the door open for 5 minutes, and then place the bowl with the raw dough inside.  Don't use any materials that are not oven-safe when using this tip.

  • Category: Starters and Sides
  • Method: Oven
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