Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks


Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

With this recipe for Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks, you can truly have unlimited breadsticks at home (without a bread machine)!

Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks
Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Olive Garden has the best breadsticks recipe around, and now you can too, with this recipe for Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks. These soft, buttery breadsticks with a hint of salt complement any main dish, soup, or salad to perfection. The garlic flavor is from the garlic butter glazed on top.

This breadsticks recipe is shockingly easy to make with just a few pantry ingredients. Friends and family won't believe you can make your own breadsticks that taste so good. You may even start making these homemade breadsticks for every meal! Do not miss this breadstick recipe. It's one of the best Olive Garden recipes around.

These easy breadsticks are the best side dish to serve with any Italian meal, and they are so simple to make that you'll be tempted to make them again and again. Since the recipe makes 16 breadsticks, these copycat breadsticks are a great choice to bring to potlucks and large family dinners. Everyone will enjoy them.

Makes16 Breadsticks



  • 1 1/2 cup warm water (90 degrees F)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yeast (slightly more than 1 packet)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 4-5 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or coarse Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Place warm water, sugar, and yeast into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and let stand for 10 minutes. It will be thick and frothy. Mix briefly, then add salt, butter, and gradually add 2 cups of flour, mixing on low for 2 minutes. Slowly add about 2 cups of the remaining flour, more if necessary to get a dough that begins to clump on the mixer paddle and pull away from the sides of the bowl.  Continue to mix on low for 5 minutes to knead the dough.

  2. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for 1 hour or until it doubles in size. (See notes below.)

  3. Lightly sprinkle work surface and your hands with some of the remaining flour and scoop the dough onto the surface. Cut the dough in half and roll each half into a log shape, then cut each log into 8 equally sized pieces. On the work surface, roll each dough piece with your palms into a roll about 8 inches long and 1 inch thick. Place on cookie sheets which have been lined with parchment paper, leaving about 2 inches between each bread stick.

  4. Cover again with plastic wrap and allow to stand in a warm place for 20 minutes. 

  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Meanwhile melt the butter, and just before baking brush the bread sticks with butter and sprinkle with sea salt or coarse Kosher salt. Bake for about 15 minutes, until they are just beginning to brown.

  6. Add the garlic powder to the remaining butter and brush the bread sticks. Serve while warm with marinara sauce if desired for dipping.


  1. Kitchens are different temperatures and sometimes have drafts blowing. The raising dough needs a constant temperature around 70-80 degrees F. One way to do this is in a modern kitchen is to put a bowl with 2 cups water into the microwave and cook on HIGH for 2 minutes. Leave the bowl of water in the microwave and add the covered bowl of dough alongside it. Close the door and the warm steamy interior will encourage the dough to rise properly.

  2. Looking to make this recipe vegan and dairy-free? Because this recipe has no eggs, it can easily be adapted to your diet. Just replace the butter in the recipe with your favorite plant-based butter substitute, and you can enjoy these breadsticks with the guilt on the side.

How many breadsticks can you eat when they're unlimited?

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Yummy breadit is my weakness. I have many weaknesses though and mostly all foods. I dont know what I do wrong, but I dont usually have good results when I use yeast. I dont know what I do wrong. If I can figure this one out, I would like to shape my breadsticks like pretzels. I do love me some soft pretzels.

I love this recipe! Tbh, half of the reason to go to Olive Garden are these breadsticks. Now I can have them whenever I want!!!!

I actually DREAM about the breadsticks at Olive Garden and I cannot wait to make these at home!! I make alot of yeast breads and this recipe is so simple, I don't know why I never thought of trying them at home before! These are just the thing to serve alongside, pasta, a nice minestrone soup or even with a salad. They make a great snack too! I wonder if anyone has tried freezing these (either before or after baking) as this would make it even easier to enjoy during the week!

These are seriously the best part about going to Olive Garden! I can't wait to try this recipe myself :)

Leave a comment...I thought they were very good. My husband ate them all up in 2 days.

I've had a serious bread craving lately, but I've always been intimidated by homemade bread. These definitely seem worth it!

I've tried some other recipes and store-bought versions of "Olive Garden" breadsticks and they weren't up to par, so I think I'll have to try these out soon!

Looks just like the real deal. The recipe almost seems too good to be true, but I'm going to have to try this out at home the next time I make pasta.

Wow, look just like restaurant breadsticks from the picture. Pretty neat

The perfect side for my spaghetti and meatballs. Thanks!

These were great! They were a little crunchier than Olive Garden's bread sticks, but the taste is spot on.

I have a problem since there are 2 ways to see the recipe and they are not the same. Which one is correct

We have recently updated this recipe to include full ingredients and instructions, so now the recipe is right on the page. We hope you enjoy the recipe!

Divide the dough into 12-14 pieces and roll each piece into a 6 inch long log. So you will have 12-14 logs that are each 6 inches. Happy cooking! -Editors of

How long is the log? How long is each piece cut from the log to make 6" pieces. None of this information is given. Need more detail when giving directions etc.

I haven't tried it yet but wanted to save it.


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