The BEST Cheesy Breadsticks that are easy to make and even better than take-out! 

Serve them with a simple marinara sauce or homemade ranch dressing.Cheesy breadsticks cut into pieces, with marinara sauce in a bowl on the side.

For this recipe I took my favorite homemade pizza crust recipe and halved it, to make one batch of breadsticks. You could make the full recipe for two batches of breadsticks, or use half the dough to make one pizza, and the other half to make cheesy breadsticks.

How to make Cheesy Breadsticks:

1. Make dough: Combine warm water, sugar and yeast. Let rest for 5 minutes. Add the remaining water, olive oil, salt and vinegar. Gradually add the flour and knead to a soft dough. Cover the bowl with a dry towel and allow to rest in a warm place for 1 hour.

2. Shape breadsticks:  Gently punch the dough down, place it on top of a sheet of parchment paper, and use your hands (or a rolling pin, but it’s easier with your hands) to spread the dough into a rectangle about ⅓ inch thick. .

3. Add toppings: Mix melted butter and garlic in a small bowl and spread the butter and garlic mixture evenly over dough, all the way to the edges. Top with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.

4. Bake: Transfer the dough (still on the parchment paper), gently onto the hot pizza stone or cookie sheet and bake at 500 degrees for about 8 minutes or until golden and bubbly. 

Serve with dipping sauces like marina sauce or ranch.

Four process photos for making cheesy breadsticks including the dough in a bowl, rolled out, toppings added, and baked.

Variations:

  • Cinnamon sugar breadsticks: make the dough, form the breadsticks, then top with ½ stick of melted butter.  Mix ½ cup sugar with 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon and sprinkle over the buttered breadsticks.
  • Swap the cheese:  feel free to substitute any kind of shredded cheese you like.
  • Make pizza: This breadstick recipe is the same as my pizza dough recipe.  You can use this recipe to make 1 pizza crust or double it to make pizza and breadsticks!

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Make the dough 3-4 hours before you want to bake breadsticks, storing it in the refrigerator to rise (instead of at room temperature).

To freeze: Make the dough. Spray it with non-stick cooking spray and place it inside a freezer safe bag.  Try to get as much air as possible out of the bag. Freeze homemade dough for 2-3 months.  Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  Remove to the counter for 30 minutes before forming into breadsticks.

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Recipe

Cheesy breadsticks cut into pieces, with marinara sauce in a bowl on the side.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Rise time 1 hr
Total 1 hr 25 mins
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Ingredients
  

Dough:

  • 1 1/8 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups bread flour , or all-purpose flour

Topping:

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl or stand mixer combine ½ cup of the warm water with the sugar and yeast. Stir to combine and let rest for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ¼ cup warm water, olive oil, salt and vinegar.
  • Begin mixing on medium-low speed and gradually add the flour --knead for a few minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic (it should be slightly sticky, but not so sticky that it sticks to your clean fingertip). Mine is usually ready with 1 ½ cups flour) Cover the bowl with a dry towel and allow to rest in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F with a pizza stone inside or upside down cookie sheet inside.
  • Gently punch the dough down. Place a large piece of parchment paper on your counter and use your hands (or a rolling pin, but it’s easier with your hands) to spread the dough into a rectangle about ⅓ inch thick.
  • Mix melted butter and garlic in a small bowl then spread mixture evenly over dough, all the way to the edges. Top with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
  • Transfer the dough (still on the parchment paper) onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  • Serve with dipping sauces like marinara sauce or ranch.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: Make the dough 3-4 hours before you want to bake breadsticks, storing it in the refrigerator to rise (instead of at room temperature).
Freezing Instructions: Make the dough. Spray it with non-stick cooking spray and place it inside a freezer safe bag.  Try to get as much air as possible out of the bag. Freeze homemade dough for 2-3 months.  Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  Remove to the counter for 30 minutes before forming into breadsticks.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 236mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 126IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg

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I originally shared this recipe February 2017. Updated September 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love your recipes…….didn’t change a thing and they were perfect. Thank you for all your great recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    Finally made these to go with soup on a rare cold and windy day in AZ. They were delicious! Too small of a dough ball for my Bosch though… I’ll hand mix next time, or double the batch! I liked one of the prior comments in which someone said they would try cooking in the cast iron skillet. That sounds yummy.

  3. thank you, I’ve used at least one of your recipes in the past and I remember it was good so I’m excited to try this one. one variation though: after baking, I will brush garlic butter over the cheese. this is how we finished off cheesy breadsticks where I used to work, even though you already put some on before baking. just makes them even better! this looks like what I’m going for. I’ll try to remember to rate once I try it. thanks

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