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Cheesy Breadsticks

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword breadstick
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 breadsticks


  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or 1 cup whole wheat + 1 cup all-purpose
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • garlic powder
  • 2 cups old cheddar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • salt


  1. In the bowl of your mixer, combine hot water, sugar and yeast. 

  2. Cover with a kitchentowel and let sit for 10 minutes.

  3. Add the salt, flourand oil. 

  4. Using the dough hook attachment, combine until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the side of the bowl.  Gradually add more flour, one tbsp at a time, if the dough is too sticky.

  5. Remove from the bowl and knead a few times to make a uniform ball.

  6. Roll out the ball into a rectangle shape. I like to do this on a silicone baking mat, so that it doesn’t stick and as a guide for the size.

    rectangle of dough
  7. Spread the rectangle with the ¼ cup of softened butter, then dust lightly with garlic powder.

    rectangle of dough spread with butter and garlic powder
  8. Evenly sprinkle the cheese to cover the rectangle. 

    rectangle of dough sprinkled with cheese
  9. Roll up the rectangle, using the long side, like you would to make cinnamon buns.

    log of rolled dough
  10. Press down on the roll slightly, squishing the cheese into the dough.

  11. Fold the roll in half, and roll out into a rectangle shape again.

    log of rolled dough, folded in half
  12. Cut into 12 strips.

    rectangle of dough cut into 12 sticks
  13. Twist the strips and place on a parchment covered baking sheet.

    twisted breadsticks on a tray
  14. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

  15. Brush baked breadsticks with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt.