Olive Garden Breadsticks

We LOVE bread in my home!When I saw this recipe for Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks, I definitely wanted to give them a try.  These breadsticks are so good, and pretty easy to make!  They would make a GREAT side dish to your meal!

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Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks

By Chef in Training February 17, 2012

We LOVE bread in my home!When I saw this recipe for Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks, I definitely wanted to give them a try.  These …


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  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered. Mixture should be frothy.
  2. In separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to yeast mixture. Add melted butter. Mix with paddle attachment of stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined.
  3. Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!
  4. Grease a cookie sheet. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips. Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and once heated, pop in the bread sticks.
  6. In microwave, combine the following: 1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine), 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1 teaspoons salt.
  7. After bread sticks have cooked for 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture. Then continue to bake. Bake for 5-8 more minutes.
  8. Immediately upon removal from the oven brush the other half of the butter on the sticks.Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.


recipe from: Full Bellies. Happy Kids.


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  1. 1

    This look wonderful! Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    These look great! Yum. :-)

  3. 3

    These bread sticks look so yummy and don't require too much work! I'll definitely give them a go next time I'm craving home-baked bread.

  4. 4

    These look just like olive garden yumm I will for sure try these.

  5. 5

    Yum! I have a similar recipe and these breadsticks are so good!

  6. 6

    We just had Olive Garden's breadsticks today! Pinning this recipe, thanks!

  7. 7

    I was just going to make another bread for dinner tonight… but I am going to change to these to go with our soup!! Thanks for sharing. and I pinned it.

  8. 8

    I have to make these! My Husband loves Olive Garden Breadsticks. I think they taste like hot dog rolls, but I am betting yours taste awesome. I think I'll make these today or tomorrow!! Great recipe!

  9. 9

    Does anyone know how to replicate Olive Garden Soup recipes?

  10. 12

    Can these be made ahead and kept in the freezer?

  11. 13

    I've been craving breadsticks for the past few days and once i saw your picture, there was no holding me back! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  12. 14

    These look so good! Breadsticks are my fav especially with marina sauce:)

  13. 15

    These look amazing! Your picture looks straight out of a magazine! I am going to make these for Sunday dinner!

  14. 16

    That's my go-to recipe, too! I cut it half and make mine smaller, though – we just don't need that many breadsticks.

  15. 17

    I am loving all these recipes. I can't wait to try some of them. I hope you will stop by and join my NEW blog all about farm life, decorating, cooking, and much more.

  16. 18

    Looks easy to bake, I love breadsticks, when I used to travel to the US I always stop in Olive Garden…I miss the flavors…this should be a must to bake for me.

  17. 19

    i have one recipe for one of their soups. if you send me your email i can email you it. it's my favorite soup.

  18. 20

    I never would have thought to make those at home, but those look exactly the same as Olive Garden. Definitely going to have to give these a try.

  19. 21

    Just made them. They came out PERFECT. Absolutely delicious!

  20. 22

    Pinned this!

  21. 23

    I made these the other night and AMAZING! My fiance and I were in Heaven eating them :) The only problem? It was a big batch for just the 2 of us. So, in an effort not to waste such deliciousness, I made pizza sticks the next night for dinner…. just topped the leftover breadsticks with shredded mozzarella and pepperoni, heated in the oven, and served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. Yum! (Posted about it on my blog with a link to your wonderful recipe!)

  22. 24

    Everyone in my family loves the breaksticks at Olive Garden. Thanks for sharing the recipe so my pocketbook can stay a little fatter.

  23. 25

    I love Olive Garden's bread sticks… these look delicious!

  24. 27

    How many comes out of this recipe? Looks amazing!

  25. 28

    big Fail on these for me- I swear I followed the directions, but the dough came out flaky, rather than "smooth", and dry. What did I do wrong?

  26. 30

    We love bread too. Just pinned this. Thanks! Jodi @ http://www.meaningfulmama.com

  27. 31

    I make these a lot, the ones from Joy in My Kitchen. I love them!

  28. 32

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!! –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  29. 33

    I have the chicken and gnocchi soup recipe that tastes pretty darn close. It's herehttp://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2012/01/chicken-and-gnocchi-soup.html

  30. 34

    These were delicious! This recipe definitely makes closer to 12 sticks. I don't mess much with bread so I wasn't really sure what I was doing. :) I got 10 sticks and they were HUGE. I made them for a dinner party, good thing my friends understand how untalented I am in the kitchen. I froze one stick to see if I can make this ahead of time and freeze them to bake when needed. I'll update when I get around to trying it out. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  31. 35

    I have tried this recipe twice and for some reason neither time did they turn out….never really rose like they should have and I used extra care to be sure hte water was right temp for yeast….prob won't try again!!

  32. 36

    These breadsticks are delicious the butter is what makes it taste like olive garden the bread is very good. make sure to make the breadsticks very skinny as the double in size i made the mistake of making them the actual size and they were huge!!!

  33. 37

    This recipe did NOT turn out for me! :( the dough was tough and crumbly not smooth but I decided to keep going…they did not rise either! Total waste! :( not sure what happened??

  34. 38

    How long should they bake the first time

  35. 39
    daniela says:

    I really want to make this recipe I just have one question! Can anyone tell me how much is 1 packet of yeast in grams or tablespoons please? thanks!!

  36. 41

    I made these this last weekend. They were amazing and very easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  37. 42

    These look totally delicious! I just started my own blog and I found yours via pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

  38. 43

    Made these to go with baked spaghetti tonight and they were so delicious! Shared on my pinterest :)

  39. 44
    Paul Hutsell says:

    Then buy some “Que Bueno” dipping cheese (by Carnation) and you are in for a little bit of Heaven!!

  40. 45

    I loved this recipe! Thank you! I only changed it a little and used 3 1/4 cups of flour instead of 4 1/4 because the first batch that I made were a little more dense than what I wanted. Thanks for the tip in proofing the yeast! So good! :)

  41. 46

    p.s.- a tip to those who had difficulties with this recipe- make sure you are using ultra fresh yeast. It can make it or break it- if they didn’t rise, it’s most likely an issue with your yeast, or how you proofed it! And again, I used less flour and they turned out light and fluffy!

  42. 47

    I am making these right now, its so easy! Thanks for posting :)

  43. 48

    How many does this make?

  44. 49
    Diane Cox says:

    Fantastic recipe! YUMMY!

  45. 50

    i followed the recipe exactly, and they turned out absolutely perfect, thank you so much for this recipe.

  46. 51

    I do have to say I made these tonight with wheat yeast, and they taste JUST like the Olive Garden’s breadsticks!!! I will definitely save this recipe for family meals in the future! :) Thanks for sharing!

  47. 52

    WOW!!! I just made these and they turned out SO amazingly delicious! When I made them though, I only got like 25 but I didn’t divide the recipe on half.. But i love these, and am definitely going to make them again!!!!!

  48. 53

    I made your recipe. and it turned out great! However, being a long time baker, I realize the tablespoon of salt would have made the bread too salty….I used 1 teaspoon in the bread and it was perfect. I also used bread flour instead of the all-purpose flour. My kids are glad I found this recipe! Thx

  49. 55

    Just made these. I wish I would have read the comments before hand! Way too much flour, they came out dense and did not rise. I will still put them in the oven and see what happens. Hehe. Wish I would not of wasted my organic flour. Oh well!

  50. 56

    Just made these tonight. They turned out really, really dense. Like a soft pretzel, only more dense. But the flavor was wonderful, and the whole family ate them joyfully.
    I’m thinking I did one of 2 things wrong: I either added too much flour (the whole 4 1/4 c. seemed like too much as I was trying to stir it), or I stirred/kneaded it too much.
    I also think there is too much salt in the dough. I think a teaspoon would have been enough. Once you put the butter mixture (with garlic and salt) on top of the bread-sticks, it would be just the right saltiness.
    I will be trying this recipe again for sure.

  51. 57

    Anybody try and freeze these? I made them and they were AWESOME, and I would like to make them more often or only make a couple at a time, so i was wondering if anyone had any luck freezing them? Before or After you baked them?

  52. 58

    I really think somewhere it should say how much this recipe yields and how to divide the dough into breadsticks, like other recipes of the same sort do. Divide it into 12 bunches and roll into stips, 9?, 15?. Good info to have. Thanks.

  53. 59

    “Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!”

    This is actually not great advice, if you’re kneading by hand it’s almost impossible to overknead dough, and you’ll probably want to knead it for more than a few minutes or else it won’t rise as well as it should and they’ll easily deflate when jostled around.

    • 60

      I completely agree. It is very hard to overknead dough. Most of the time, the problems people attribute to overkneading are really due to overflouring. I never add all the flour at once, I always keep some out to add in only if I need. My standard kneading time for roll/breadstick dough is 5 minutes in a machine (like my kitchenaid), probably closer to 7-8 by hand.

  54. 61

    This recipe turned out really well for me! Thanks so much for sharing with us! I shared this on my blog today linking to your recipe. Absolutely delicious!

  55. 62

    Found these on Pinterest, and just made them. Here’s my suggestions:

    Only use a teaspoon of the salt. With the salt in the butter mixture, these have plenty.

    Add the flour gradually, and you’ll learn that you probably need a cup less flour than called for. I added two cups, and then added about half a cup at a time until the dough was able to be handled. Then, I kneaded it by hand and just added flour to the board as I went until the dough was smooth and no longer sticking to my hands or the board. Probably about 3 and a half cups.

    I added a pinch or so of oregano to the butter mixture.

    I cut the dough into twelve pieced, and put six breadsticks on each cookie sheet. These ended up being pretty big breadsticks (but then, I guess Olive Garden’s are big too), so next time I might make 16 instead of twelve. Don’t forget to make the breadsticks SKINNY because they will expand.

    Overall, yummy recipe!

  56. 63

    Is the dough supposed to be really wet?

  57. 64

    Olive Garden doesn’t make the bread sticks. They arrive buy the boxes and are heated then buttered and salted with garlic mix. I know because I use to work for this horrible company (Darden).

  58. 65

    I made these tonight came out great and I have never made bread before wondering if the recipe could be used as pizza dough?

  59. 66

    Has anyone tried freezing these then reheating them? If so, what did you do and how did it work?

    Thank you in advance!

  60. 67

    The recipe is way too much flour… They came out so dense. I tried a second batch and forgot the butter.. Oops today is Not my day lol