Divine Breadsticks

Well, in my world, you can’t serve spaghetti without breadsticks. These breadsticks, actually. I’ve been making them for years, thanks to my sister-in-law Erin (yes, the same talented one who I’ve talked about in these recent posts) and they usually grace our table right along with most any pasta dish I make.

They really are the best breadsticks in the world. And if my testimonial alone doesn’t convince you, let me share with you a few of their merits: they are fast (no long rising times!), they are versatile (use what spices you have on hand!) and they are really hard to mess up (trust me, I know!).

Divine Breadsticks

Divine Breadsticks

Yield: Makes about 20-25 breadsticks, depending on how thick or thin you cut them

Divine Breadsticks

Note: as with all yeast doughs, I never use the flour amount called for in the recipe as a hard fast rule (unless a weight measure is given and then I pull out my kitchen scale). Because humidity, temperature, altitude and a multitude of other factors can impact how much flour you need in your yeast doughs, I always judge when to quit adding flour by the texture and look and feel of the dough rather than how much flour I’ve added compared to the recipe. This tutorial on yeast may help identify how a perfectly floured dough should be.


  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 ½ cups flour (I usually use a combination of unbleached all-purpose flour and white whole wheat flour but use whatever you have on hand!)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (for the baking sheet)


  1. Mix all ingredients (except melted butter) in a large bowl or electric mixer and knead for three minutes. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread melted butter onto an 11X17-inch baking sheet. Roll out the breadstick dough about 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick and cut into strips with a pizza cutter. Twist slightly if desired and place about 1/2-inch apart on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic salt, herbs of choice (I vary this depending on my mood but it usually consists of rosemary, basil, or thyme in some form and crushed finely) and parmesan cheese.
  2. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes. Bake 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees until golden brown.

Recipe Source: adapted from Erin

135 Responses to Divine Breadsticks

  1. Lily says:

    hi I am 9 years old and I love help my mom in the kitchen. Especially this recipe it is fun and easy to make !

  2. Lily says:

    Hi I am 9 years old and I love your food .Especially this recipe . It is fun and easy to make.

  3. Annie says:

    Hello, I’m making these today and I’m wondering if you have any advice on how to shape the dough? How long do you make yours? Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      I pat it into an oval/rectangle probably about 10 inches wide and 8 inches long. Quite honestly, it’s different each time I make them – they turn out great thick or thin or extra long (my kids often help and the shape gets a little crazy).

  4. April says:

    Needed a quick breadstick recipe, to go along with spaghetti of course, and I pulled this up on Pinterest. One word, amazing. I just used the basic garlic and salt in my melted butter brushed on top after they came out of the oven. Everyone went back for more breadsticks. Thank you, I will be saving this recipe.

  5. Sarah says:

    I just put these onto my baking sheet and am waiting for them to rise. I only ended up with 13 bread sticks though… yikes! They aren’t too thick and actually kept stretching out each time I put them onto the baking sheet. When you make yours are you lining them up going from left to right (short) or from top to bottom (long)? Just wondering so I can perfect this! They smell delicious with parmesan and italian seasoning on top. Can’t wait to get them out of the oven!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Sarah – if the baking pan is lengthwise on the counter (long, like a ruler), I line them up going left to right down the length of the pan and then usually have room to fit a few perpendicular at the top.

  6. Melissa says:

    I love this recipe! I have been making it as written, and also to make these cinnamon-sugar bunnies: http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/cinnamon-sugar-breakfast-bunnies/50568bd9-320d-497c-893b-53236a7c5da0

  7. Lindsay says:

    Why am I just now seeing these divine little morsels of goodness??? I made them for dinner and they turned out perfectly. They were quick to put together and disappeared even quicker. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Kami Stewart says:

    These were yummy…just a question. Am I supposed to roll them in the butter on the pan a little bit so the tops are buttered and the spices and cheese will stick?

    • Mel says:

      I don’t roll them around – but I do try to sprinkle the herbs and cheese as soon as I can so the soft, tacky dough holds onto both.

  9. Jesse says:

    I can no longer copy and paste your recipes into my notes on my iPad Air?? So sad I had really enjoyed your site and going into my notes to search for which of your recipes I wanted to cook. I don’t have the ability to print. I liked keeping your recipes in my notes. I am so sorry that option is no longer available on your site. What happened?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Jesse – sorry to hear you are having difficulties with this. I haven’t changed anything on my site – could it be related to an update on your iPad? Sometimes when apple products update to a new operating system little quirks like this happen. What were you selecting/doing on my site before to get it to copy and paste into notes? I just tested it out on my iPad and I can highlight the recipes and copy them into my notes section.

  10. Ekta says:

    Mel, I made these for dinner on Saturday night to get with the pasta. I am an absolute beginner at baking bread, and no one was surprised as me when these came out fabulous! Thanks so much for a great recipe, this one is keeper!

  11. Christina says:

    I am making these for the second time tonight!! Can not even wait!! :) Thanks for the recipe.

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