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Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat Recipe

The perfect copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks! Perfect with any salad, soup and pasta dish!
Prep Time2 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breadsticks, Copycat Olive Garden recipe, Copycat Recipe, Easy Breadsticks Recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 195kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Stand Mixer
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • Baking Sheets
  • Pastry Brush


  • 1 cup hot water (105-115 degrees F)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup salted butter softened


  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt for topping


  • In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar and yeast in the water and let sit for 5 minutes, until it frothy and bubbly.
  • In a stand mixer bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour and salt. Using the paddle attachment, mix the softened butter into the flour until well combined. (If you don't have a stand mixer, simply mix ingredients together in a bowl using a large mixing spoon.)
  • Add the sugar and yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Using the dough hook, knead dough in the bowl for 8 minutes (if you don't have a mixer, feel free to knead by hand).
  • The dough may be sticky, so add more flour as needed or until the dough stops sticking to the sides of the bowl (at the most, add 1/2 cup - if you add more than that, your breadsticks won't turn out).
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and let dough sit for 1 1/2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has doubled, divide dough into 12 equal portions (if you want to weigh them, they will be about 2 ounces each). Roll into elongated shapes about 1 1/2" thick and 6-7" long.
  • Place the dough on baking sheets and cover with a towel. Let dough sit for 1 hour, until doubled again in size.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Bake breadsticks for 10 minutes or until they start to brown slightly.
  • Make the topping by combining the melted butter and garlic salt. When the breadsticks come out of the oven, brush them with the melted butter mixture using a pastry brush. Serve and enjoy!


Serve warm breadsticks with marinara sauce for dipping. Alfredo sauce is also delicious for dipping!
Recipe adapted from Recipe Spy


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 2mg