Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic Breadsticks recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Rising Time: 60 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Yields: 10 breadsticks

Is there anything better than buttery, garlic breadsticks? Especially when they come out of the oven hot, covered with herbs and a healthy heap of garlic? We think not!

These breadsticks rival any Italian food chain breadstick (we may be biased), are just as delicious, and will definitely be gone before you serve the next course. They are crazy addictive and should really come with a warning label, to be honest. So, consider yourself warned. 

The best part about this recipe? You can make these breadsticks super quick if you use pre-made pizza dough. If you have a little more time, you can go homemade and use the included pizza dough recipe—it's great for bread, pizza, and calzones as well!

Either option you choose, these breadsticks are sure to please everyone at your dinner table. You may even need to make a double batch!


  • For the Pizza Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups water (lukewarm)
  • 3/4 tablespoon active dry yeast (one 0.25-ounce packet)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 3 to 4 cups flour
  • For the Breadsticks:
  • 1/8 cup olive oil (for greasing and brushing)
  • 16 ounces pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely minced or grated on a microplane)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Steps to Make It

Make the Pizza Dough

If you are using pre-made dough, skip to the breadstick instructions. 

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Garlic Breadsticks dough ingredients

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  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour the lukewarm water and add the yeast, salt, sugar, and oil. Mix gently. 

    lukewarm water with yeast, salt, sugar, and oil in a bowl

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  3. Using the dough hook attachment, mix and add in the flour gradually until the dough is no longer sticky and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Continue to knead the mixture with the dough hook for about 3 to 5 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour, about 1/4 cup at a time. 

    mix the garlic bread dough ingredients in a stand mixer

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  4. Drizzle the dough and the sides of the bowl with more olive oil. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

    mixed garlic breadstick dough

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Make the Garlic Breadsticks

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Garlic Breadsticks ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Rub olive oil onto a rolling pin and brush a light layer of oil onto parchment paper. Grease a baking sheet as well, or line it with parchment paper.

    parchment paper on a wooden cutting board with a wooden rolling pin

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  3. Roll the pizza dough out into a thick rectangle on the oiled parchment paper. The dough should be about 3/4- to 1-inch thick, and make roughly an 8- by 11-inch rectangle. 

    breadstick dough rolled out on parchment paper

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  4. Cut the dough into strips using a pizza dough cutter or flour scraper. You should be able to cut about 10 (1-inch wide) strips. 

    breadstick dough cut into pieces

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  5. Place the strips on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the strips with olive oil. 

    breadstick dough on a baking pan

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  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and fluffy.

    baked breadsticks on a baking pan

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  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, and garlic powder. 

    melted butter, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl

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  8. While the bread sticks are still warm, brush the garlic butter on top of each breadstick.

    Garlic Breadsticks on a baking pan

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  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • Breadsticks can also be frozen. Just wrap the cooled breadsticks in a generous amount of aluminum foil and place in the freezer.