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Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Like your favorite breadsticks from Olive Garden, except you can have them any time you want!
Prep Time2 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time2 hrs 52 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 breadsticks
Author: The Chunky Chef


  • 1 cup warm water think warm bath water temp
  • 2 Tbsp warm water same temp as above ingredient
  • 1 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 Tbsp sugar divided
  • 3 - 3 1/4 cups flour all-purpose
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Garlic Butter Topping
  • 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, warm water, and 1 tsp of the sugar. Stir until the yeast dissolves and allow to rest/proof for 10 minutes.
  • After the yeast has rested and proofed, add the remaining sugar, 1 1/2 cups of flour, vegetable oil and salt. Mix to combine.
  • Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour and, using the dough hook attachment, knead mixture for 7 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. It should pull away from the sides of the bowl. It will be slightly sticky. If it's too sticky, add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour.
  • Place dough in a large, well greased bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Let it rest in a warm place (I use the microwave) for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until it has doubled. If it's a cool day, place a bowl of water on the bottom rack of your oven and preheat the oven to 200. Once it's preheated, turn it off and place your bowl with the dough in it inside to rise.
  • Once dough has risen, punch it down and separate into 12 parts. Roll each part into a 9" rope. Place ropes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise again, for 1 hour.
  • Spray breadsticks with cooking spray and bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • While the breadsticks are baking, melt your butter and add garlic topping ingredients, mixing well. When the breadsticks are fresh from the oven, brush with the garlic mixture. Serve warm!


Don't have a stand mixer? No big deal, you can make these by hand as well :)