Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Posted: September 18

Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

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Copycat Olive Garden® Breadsticks are perfect for your next pasta night! Who can resist an Olive Garden® Breadstick? That’s right…nobody can. With this recipe, you won’t have to go to the restaurant to indulge some fluffy, savory, buttery breadsticks—you can make equally as good ones in your own kitchen. Dip these Copycat Olive Garden® Breadsticks in sauce or soup, or eat one (or three!) on its own.


• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water • 1 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided • 3 - 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil Topping: • 2 tablespoons butter • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Step 1

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar until the yeast has dissolved. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Add in the remaining granulated sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 3/4 teaspoon salt and vegetable oil, then fit the mixer with the paddle attachment and blend the mixture until well combined.

Step 3

Switch the mixer to dough hook attachment, add in the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and knead the mixture on low speed, adding up to 1/4 cup additional flour as needed; knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Step 4

Transfer the dough to a large buttered mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rest in a warm place free from draft until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

Step 5

Punch the risen dough down, divide it into 12 equal portions, keeping them covered with plastic wrap as you work.

Step 6

Roll each piece into a 9-inch rope on a lightly floured surface, then transfer to two parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

Step 7

Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

Step 8

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F during the last 10 minutes of rising.

Step 9

Bake in the preheated oven for 11-13 minutes until golden.

Step 10

In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt and garlic powder.

Step 11

Pour the topping over the breadsticks, and serve warm!

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