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amazing copycat olive garden bread 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 cup + 2 tbsp of warm water 115˚F is perfect
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ tsp dry active yeast or 1¼ oz packet
  • tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3-3¼ 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, oil & 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 425 degrees for 12-14 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.


To get nice smooth and evenly shaped breadsticks you can sort of flatten each stick and then pull the long ends together, almost forming a tube. Pinch together. Then place that seam you created down on the baking sheet so that it becomes the bottom of the breadstick.
*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.