Melissa's Cuisine: Breadsticks

Wednesday, June 08, 2011


Mike and I love Olive Garden, mainly for their insanely good breadsticks!  It's a good thing we don't have an Olive Garden in our town or we'd be there way too much!  When I saw this recipe that claimed to taste like Olive Garden's breadsticks, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it.  I first made these breadsticks for just Mike and I, we both liked them, so I made them again when we had everyone over for Mother's Day dinner.  They were a huge hit!  We all thought they were delicious, though I must say they were not quite as soft as Olive Garden's...maybe I need to put more butter on them!

You will need:
3/4 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
1-1/8 teaspoon yeast
1 Tablespoon margarine, melted
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/4 cups flour

1 Tablespoon margarine, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

1.  In the bowl of your stand mixer, dissolve yeast in warm water.  Let it sit at least 5 minutes, until yeast bubbles. 

2.  Add melted margarine, sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture.  

3.  Mix in the flour using your dough hook.  Knead for 2-3 minutes.

4.  Cover the dough and let it rest for 45 minutes.  

5.  Shape into 8-10 breadsticks and place on greased cookie tray.

6.  Bake at 400 for 7 minutes.

7.  Meanwhile, mix together melted margarine, salt, and garlic powder.

8.  Remove breadsticks from oven (after 7 minutes) and brush with melted margarine.  Return to oven for 8 more minutes, until lightly browned.  

9.  Brush warm breadsticks with remaining margarine. 



  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed these breadsticks!! Under-bake them just a tad... they'll be a bit softer :)

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  2. Oh my heck...I MUST have some!

    Then I will have to go run an extra 5 miles to work them off!

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  4. no. way. that's amazing. i love their breadsticks more than anyone elses...i must try this!

  5. Oh my! I don't think I could ever resist those. They look delicious! Thanks for coming by to share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a great weekend!

  6. Those look DELISH! Thank you for sharing your recipe!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  7. How many doe these make roughly? They look yummy!

    1. 8-10 as the directions state :)

  8. Our family just tried these and loved them. We took the recommendation and undercooked them by 1 minute. We have one recommendation. Double the butter in the mixture to paint over the bread. We had to wipe off the salt/garlic as it was too strong.

  9. Hi! I so wanna make these...but color me lazy...can I do the recipe in a bread maker, then take the dough out and do the forming/stix by hand? Just wonderin....

  10. Angela~ One recipe made about 10 breadsticks. It really depends on how big you make yours.

    Htowntex~ I am a huge garlic fan, these were just perfect for me but I know they might be too much for others. Use what you feel comfortable with!

    Cathi~ Yes, you definitely can make these in the bread machine! Nothing wrong with making your life a little easier! :)

  11. I love those breadsticks, too, so I'll definitely have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it. Just found your blog through The Frugal Girls....great post!

  12. Came across you blog via Pinterest ... saw the pic for these yummy bread sticks and had so follow the trail for a recipe :) Thanks for posting this. I'm your newest follower ... you can check out my cooking blog at ... hope you stop by :) Nicole

  13. I NEED THESE! Can you make them magically appear in Dallas in my hands!? yum!

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  15. These are the only thing I will eat at Olive Garden so definitely trying these! Pinned! Visiting from Marvelous Mondays.

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