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5 from 2 votes

Soft Italian Breadsticks

Soft homemade breadsticks are SO easy to make. Topped with a cheese and herb mixture, the perfect addition to the bread basket at the dinner table. Bake up in 20 minutes, hot and fresh.
Prep Time1 hr 55 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time2 hrs 13 mins
Course: Bread/Rolls
Servings: 24 bread sticks
Author: Melanie Kathryn - Gather for Bread


  • 1 cup warm water 90° - 100°
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl. Let sit until frothy, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Pour into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Add the butter, flour, salt, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Using a flat paddle mix until combined. Switch to dough hook to begin kneading, While kneading if the dough is too dry and doesn't stretch at all, add a tablespoon of water. If the dough is too wet add a tablespoon of flour at a time until soft and smooth. The dough should clear sides of the bowl. Knead for a total of 5-7 minutes.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • After dough has risen place on a lightly floured counter. Divide in half. Divide each half into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 6-inch rope. Place on a greased or Silpat lined baking sheet 2 inches apart. Let rest covered for 20 minutes.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately smear with butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.