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Super Easy Cheesy Italian Bread Sticks

Homemade Italian Breadsticks

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Zesty Italian breadsticks are a delightful treat that brings the authentic flavors of Italy to your palate. These slender, golden-brown sticks are made from a light and airy dough, perfectly baked to achieve a satisfying crunch on the outside while remaining soft and tender on the inside. What sets them apart is the infusion of a zesty Italian seasoning blend, featuring aromatic herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme. Each bite is an explosion of savory goodness, leaving your taste buds craving more. These versatile breadsticks complement a variety of dishes, from pasta and salads to soups or enjoyed on their own as a delectable snack. Zesty Italian breadsticks are an irresistible addition to any meal, offering a delightful taste of Italy's rich culinary heritage.

You Will Need

For the Breadstick Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
    1 Tbsp white sugar
    4 1/2 tsp dry yeast or 1 1/2 packets
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    4 tsp soft butter

  • Water  1/2 to 1 TBSP  
    6 TBSP Zesty Italian Seasoning (divided)

  • 4 TBSP Zesty Italian Dressing (divided)


  • 1/2 cup  freshly grated or shaved parmesan cheese

  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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Bread Recipes


  • Activate the Yeast: In a small bowl, combine the warm water and white sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Sprinkle the dry yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. This indicates that the yeast is active.

  • Mixing the Dough: In a larger mixing bowl, combine the activated yeast mixture, salt, and soft butter. Stir well to ensure even distribution.

  • Add Zesty Italian Seasoning: Incorporate the Zesty Italian Seasoning into the mixture. This will add a flavorful twist to your dough. (2 TBSP)

  • Gradually Add Flour: Begin adding flour to the bowl, about half a cup at a time, and mix well after each addition. Continue adding flour until the dough starts to come together and becomes less sticky.

  • Knead the Dough: Transfer the dough to a floured surface and start kneading it. Knead for about 8-10 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth, elastic, and no longer sticks to your hands.

  • First Rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a clean cloth or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

  • Shaping (Optional): Shape the dough into a Rectangular shape for bread sticks.

  • Second Rise (Optional): Roll onto a Square Cookie Sheet with a rolling pin until the dough covers the entire Cookie Sheet, let it rest for an additional 30-45 minutes to rise again. if you do not want your bread sticks to rise as much, prick with a fork all over before baking.

  • Baking: Preheat your oven 375°F or 190°C for bread). Bake the dough until it's golden brown and cooked through.

  • Topping: When your bread sticks are baked to a golden brown, brush tops with 2 to 3 TBSP Italian Dressing, and about 2 TBSP of the Zesty Italian Seasoning.  ENJOY!~


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To get even bread sticks, use a clean ruler, place at the edge and cut with a pizza cutter (long strip) cut in half. Repeat until the end. This will give you nice even breadsticks

If you like your bread sticks "really" crunchy Follow these steps:

  • Flour and Water Ratio: Use the right ratio of flour and water in your dough. Too much water can result in a softer texture, while too little can make the breadsticks too dense. Aim for a slightly firmer dough to achieve the desired crunchiness.

  • Kneading: Properly knead the dough to develop gluten. Gluten gives the breadsticks their structure and helps create a crisp crust. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic.

  • Resting Time: Allow the dough to rest after kneading. This resting period helps the gluten relax and makes it easier to roll out the dough to the desired thickness.

  • Baking Temperature: Preheat your oven to a high temperature, usually around 400°F (200°C) or higher. A hot oven helps to create a crisp crust on the breadsticks.

  • Baking Surface: Use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This will prevent the breadsticks from sticking and allow them to crisp up evenly.

  • Egg Wash: Brush the breadsticks with an egg wash before baking. This will add shine to the crust and contribute to a crispier texture.

  • Steam: Place a pan of hot water in the bottom of the oven while baking the breadsticks. The steam created will help develop a crisp crust.

  • Bake until Golden Brown: Bake the breadsticks until they are golden brown. Keep a close eye on them to avoid over-baking, as this can make them too hard and dry.

  • Cool Completely: Allow the breadsticks to cool completely on a wire rack after baking. This will help them retain their crunchiness.

  • By following these tips, you'll be able to make deliciously crunchy breadsticks that are sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.

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