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best olive garden breadstick recipe

Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

If you love buttery, garlic breadsticks, then you will swoon for this Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe. Simple to make & tastes just like your favorite Italian restaurant.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword breadsticks, butter, copycat recipe, garlic, olive garden
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 24 breadsticks


  • 1 ¾ cup warm water 115˚F is perfect
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsp dry active yeast or 1¼ oz packet
  • tsp salt
  • tbsp butter room temperature & cut into pieces
  • 4 ½ - 5 cups all-purpose flour


  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast & sugar with warm water and then wait until yeast proofs (about 5 minutes).
  • Add salt, butter & 2 cups of the flour. Mix on low with the paddle attachment to combine.
  • On low, slowly add the remaining flour until the dough is smooth.
  • Switch to the dough hook & knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  • Place the dough into a large, greased bowl. Cover & set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down & place on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into one big log.
  • Divide that log into the number of breadsticks you want. (This will make approx 24 breadsticks)
  • Roll out each piece into a long, thin stick. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 1-inch apart.
  • Cover the breadsticks with a towel (or lightly greased plastic wrap), & let rise until double in size; approx 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Lightly spray the tops of the breadsticks with cooking spray before baking.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Melt the remaining butter in the microwave.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salt & granulated garlic - mix.
  • Remove breadsticks from oven & immediately brush the tops with the melted butter & sprinkle with salt/garlic mixture.
  • Enjoy warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container.


*note - I found that the best way to reheat & retain their hard outside while being soft & fluffy on the inside is to place in my air fryer for approx 8-10 min.