Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!

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Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks! Making breadsticks at home is actually easier than you might think! If you don't want to make your own dough you can substitute frozen bread dough in this recipe!

Surprisingly quick and delicious, you will be surprised at how quickly you can whip up fresh from scratch breadsticks!  If you don’t want to make your own dough, these do work beautifully with frozen bread dough or rolls as well!

We love these in our house either as a snack or served alongside a pasta or lasagna dish!  If you don’t have the cheeses listed below, these work great with pretty much any cheese you have on hand!  This recipe can easily be doubled.

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Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 breadsticks
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Surprisingly quick and amazingly delicious! You won't believe you can make homemade breadsticks on a weeknight!


  • 1 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/8 cup cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 1/8 cup fresh parmesan cheese , shredded

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  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl. Set aside 5 minutes until foamy.
  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, water, sugar and salt. Add in the yeast mixture and gently stir. Add remaining flour and stir until completely combined.
  • Divide dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into breadsticks. Place on parchment paper.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees while letting the dough rise (rise about 15 minutes).
  • In a small bowl, combine butter and minced garlic. Microwave 20 seconds or until butter is melted.
  • Brush butter mixture over breadsticks. Top with cheeses.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 141, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 135mg, Potassium: 36mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 65IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1.5mg
Keyword Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

Original post 07/2014.  Photo updated 06/2105

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  1. My entire family absolutely loved these bread sticks! I added finger length thick mozzarella sticks in the middle of the dough. Was absolutely delicious
    Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Great, fast breadsticks. I highly recommend this recipe. However, it takes around 45 mins, not 30 as stated in the recipe. 15 mins prep, 15 mins RISE TIME, 15 mins bake time. I also will increase the salt by 1/4 tsp more next time I make it.5 stars

  3. Hi Holly,
    I live in Australia and was wondering if you can help me. We only get normal dry yeast in 7g satchets, so would using these for the dough would I need to change any of the times and measurements to make your lovely breadsticks? We also use metric so what would the measurements be for all the ingredients please? Many thanks Tania.

  4. Miss Holly…these breadsticks turned out AWESOME! This was the first recipe of yours that I have tried and they turned out really well.  Just a little word of advice though. To have these little beauties rise to heaven, I did 1 Cup of warm water instead of hot. I didn’t want the hot water to kill the yeast. But other than that they were very tasty. I can’t wait to try some of the other recipes of yours I emailed to myself. Thanks for sharing ! It wouldn’t let me mark any stars, but I give you 5 stars

    1. So glad you enjoyed these!

      Thank you for the tip, I agree it should be warm water and not hot to keep from killing the yeast. I have updated the recipe.

  5. Very easy to make just have to watch for the yeast temp. I added jalapenos and cheese to the mixture. Thank you!

  6. Good day. Holly. Thanks for sharing. It was a pleasure prepping these breadsticks. However my batch of twelve, in my opinion turned dense and more doughy than I had expected them. I would have had preferred them more fluffy and airy in consistency.

  7. My dough didn’t rise any high your your pic ! The breadsticks expanded more horizontally but didn’t rise upward ! The taste was very good though. Why ?

    1. There are many possible reasons, it’s hard to say exactly why. Was your yeast new and fresh? If the water was a little bit too hot, or the room was too cold that could also affect the rise on the dough.

      1. Garlic inhibits the growth of yeast, so users having trouble with the rise might be adding it too early or adding too much.

        If in doubt, add the garlic after baking. Maybe before baking, brush with some butter, then brush with garlic butter for the last 5 min of baking.