Easy Garlic Butter Breadsticks

When a mother makes Beet Soup, she must use her wiles to lure a table full of children into eating the meal.  A clever mother knows there is tremendous nutrition value in beet soup, so she’s willing to let her painstaking health values slip ever so slightly with the rest of the menu. 

So she whips up a quick batch of white flour into soft, warm breadsticks. 

She douses them with melted garlic butter. The serves them willy nilly, with Beet Soup hidden beneath.

And thus the kids eat Beet Soup. (And a stick of butter.) But, that’s entirely beside the point.

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Quick Garlic Butter Breadsticks

If you've got 30 minutes, you've got time to bake up a batch of these simple, butter-slathered breadsticks. There's nothing fancy or frou frou about them. They're just little poles of white bread dough cooked until golden brown then smeared in good flavors. To make things even easier, serve them right on the baking sheet, and let your family sop up the butter with their breadsticks.

Ingredients:

1 packet yeast
2 cups very warm water
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1 stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Add the warm water to a large, glass bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top, then the sugar. Stir slightly and allow to sit for 15 minutes. (The mixture in the bowl should now be foamy. If it's not, you might want to start over. Your yeast could be bad, or the water not hot enough to activate the yeast).

Stir the flour into the mixture one half-cup at a time, adding just enough to make the mixture soft, pliable and not too sticky, but not so floured that it becomes a heavy hunk. Knead it until the dough becomes elastic.

Pull a round of dough into your hands (about the size of a small apple). Roll it into a long, thin rope, fold it in half, then twist the two sides around each other to form a 4-5 inch long breadstick twist. Place on a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper. Once all of the dough in twisted, you can bake it right away (if you're in a hurry), or allow your breadsticks to rise for 15-30 additional minutes (doing so will yeild softer, lighter breadsticks).

Place breadsticks in the preheated oven, allow them to cook for 5 minutes, then turn the heat up to 400 degrees and bake them until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes more.

As soon as you remove your breadsticks from the oven, mix together the melted butter, garlic powder, sea salt, and grated parmesan. Drizzle oven hot breadsticks. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately.

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32 Responses to “Easy Garlic Butter Breadsticks”

  1. 1

    mangiabella on February 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm Reply

    sounds easy and comforting – two things that are winners for me!

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    Maria on February 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm Reply

    I love how easy these are! Love the new look!

    • Brooke replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

      Thanks, Maria!

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    Al on February 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm Reply

    There doesn’t seem to be garlic in the recipe. I added some when I made them and they were quite good!

    • Brooke replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

      Thank you for your eagle eye! I totally forgot to type “garlic powder” into the proper place. It’s there now. Enjoy!

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    heidi on February 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm Reply

    hello! love these but where does the garlic come in to play? thanks!

    • Brooke replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

      It’s in place now. Happy Baking!

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    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time on February 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I just followed a link from Mangiabella’s place to here and am glad I did! I never remember to start making bread in time (hours before the meal) so we end up without any, which is probably best for us but doesn’t make the rest of the family happy.

    You’ve come to my rescue with this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing (and for the humor sprinkled in amongst the parsley)!

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    heidi on February 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm Reply

    hello! these were SO good thank you! however- i have a question for you – my dough was super sticky and not like a dough – it was more “runny” – what do you think i did wrong??? I’m trying again tonight – so if you have time to answer great and if not – i understand! :)
    thank you!

    • Brooke replied: — February 17th, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      Heidi- Bread dough can be really finicky to work with. Sometimes you need more flour, sometimes less. Just add flour by the 1/4 cups until the dough is soft and NOT sticky. You don’t want it to be so sticky that you can’t mold it into it’s proper form! Happy Baking!

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    Andrew on February 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm Reply

    I love theese things!

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    Mary on February 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm Reply

    I love how easy the are to make. This is a really nice recipe. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Brooke replied: — February 18th, 2011 @ 12:11 am

      Thanks, Mary!

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    Connie on February 18, 2011 at 11:55 am Reply

    Hmmm…that doesn’t seem like difficult at all! Just perfect with a bowl of hot soup on a cold day. Very delicious looking :-)

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    Tiffany Abbott Fuller on February 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm Reply

    What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe to a T… I did have to add significantly more flour and the dough was still sticky. I felt like I was just slapping the dough on the parchment paper. The end product tasted like baked playdough. I know it wasn’t the recipe, and I’m sure our elevation is about the same (I live in the NW GA mountains). What type of yeast did you use?

    • Brooke replied: — February 21st, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

      Tiffany-

      Hmmm. Let’s think through this. I always use a wooden spoon to stir in the first 2 cups, 1 cup at a time. Then, I gently start adding the remaining flour. The floud amount is ALWAYS finicky and it always varies, but you MUST add flour a little at a time until the dough is SOFT and NOT sticky.

      The recipe is typed exactly as I made it in my own kitchen. The result is what you see in the photo’s. Baking bread does take some practice, but this is an easy recipe once you learn to “feel” the dough and know when you’ve added just enough flour to make it the perfect baked texture.

      Don’t give up on this recipe. It’s wonderful! Good luck!

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    salMan on March 1, 2011 at 1:39 am Reply

    so sweet and spicy…@_@…

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  13. 12

    Brandon on May 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm Reply

    Wow, these look delicious! I made something similar for a cooking class I taught, very easy! (Mine were rosemary and garlic) Great photos also!

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    Yasmine on July 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm Reply

    I have the same problem with the sticky dough. Here is exactly what I did. I mixed the pouch of yeast w/the 2cups of warm water and the sugar, mixed it well and let it sit. However, I let it sit for about 45mins. (does that have an effect?) – see also, I didn’t use regular flour or bread flour, but just pastry and cake flour. I added an extra 1cup 1/5 of flour and it’s still super sticky. Tried kneading thoroughly but that didn’t help. Any suggestions?

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    Sue on January 5, 2012 at 11:58 am Reply

    Can you tell me about how many breadsticks this recipe makes? Thanks! They look delicious!

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    Tammi on January 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm Reply

    I made these tonight – first time ever making garlic breadsticks. They’re fantastic and so easy. My son said they’re better than anything from the store or a restaurant, and we gobbled them up!

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    Kylie on March 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm Reply

    I found these on pinterest and they looked delicious. I tried them tonight and like many others, the dough was very sticky. I added enough flour to make it not sticky but the breadsticks came out very heavy. I’m new to making dough so maybe I just need to get more practice. Also I used my kitchen aid mixer with the dough hook to knead the dough, could that have made a difference?

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    Annie on March 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm Reply

    I made these tonight. I needed to add an extra cup and a half of flour (really 3 cups because I doubled the recipe). Besides having to add extra flour, next time I make these, I will add salt to the dough, because I found it lacking. Aside from this, they turned out fantastic, and my kids ate them up!

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    Elizabeth on April 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm Reply

    How many sevings does this make?

    • Brooke replied: — April 10th, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

      Enough to feed 12 people, at least, depending on how large you make your breadsticks!

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    Yvonne on May 8, 2012 at 8:06 am Reply

    I made these last night and they were delicious….but I did tweak the recipe a little. I often make pizza dough at home and it calls for 3 cups of flour to 1 cup of water….so I decided to half the water and add more if needed. I assumed that the recipe would be way sticky if I followed the 2 cups water measurement.

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    Dorathy on May 29, 2012 at 11:31 am Reply

    My mom and I were looking for a breadstick recipe to go with our awesome, whole-wheat but SUPER DELISH spaghetti, and then I stumbled across this recipe!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    Rebecca on May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm Reply

    The reason that everyone’s dough is super stick is because this recipe does not call for nearly enough flour, this is not because bread dough is “finicky” it’s just because the recipe calls for too little flour. I don’t really understand how the author managed to get a kneadable dough out of 2 cups water to 3 cups flour but I had to add another cup before it was kneadable and and almost another cup while kneading it.

    It’s a fine recipe otherwise.

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    Mary on November 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm Reply

    I just tried making these.. The dough seemed very wet/sticky with 3 cups of flour. I added it as I made the breadsticks. The breadsticks came out chewy/tough.. What in the world did I do wrong?

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    Marc Anthony DeLeon ( Andrews Friend ) on April 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

    You have lots of great Recipes on your website Cant wait to enjoy Some my mom’s Been wantng to make some of your recipes im looking foward to trying the quick garlic bread stick’s Keep up Your great work :)

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