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Olive Garden Bread Sticks Copycat Recipe

Olive Garden Bread Sticks Copycat Recipe
Olive Garden Bread Sticks Copycat Recipe
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We all love that warm, straight-from-the-oven taste of Olive Garden's signature bread sticks, and now you can make them at home with this Olive Garden Bread Sticks Copycat Recipe. Deliciously buttery and touched with a hint of garlic, you'll love each bite! Try this bread sticks recipe when you're making a pasta dish or serve it alongside your favorite salad. These tasty bread sticks are great for dunking in marinara sauce, but they're also delicious on their own. One taste of this recipe, and you'll be hooked.


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.


Cooking Time15 min

Cooking MethodOven


  • 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 the flour, mixing on low for 2 minutes.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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 equal size pieces.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. Bake for about 15 minutes, until they are just beginning to brown.

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

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We made these a couple weeks ago to with some homemade fettuccine that I made. These are the best bread sticks! They melt in your mouth! I didn't even care if I had the fettuccine. After smelling these cooking, and seeing how they came out, it was definitely all about the bread sticks! I did add a pan with water on my lower oven rack while these cooked, just to keep them soft. It worked beautifully!

I have died and gone to heaven. Assuming my bad luck in the kitchen leaves me alone for all of ten seconds, I'm hoping to recreate these for my little sister. She is in love with this bread, and it would make an excellent going away present for her when she goes off to college. Can't wait to try them out!

I haven't been to an Olive Garden in awhile so I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. My daughter loves garlic bread in any form. I often wonder where to put the dough to get it to rise and this recipe had an easy method of doing it. I can't wait to give these a try!

I tried these breadsticks, and they were absolutely amazing! Tasted just like the real thing.

Olive Garden Bread Sticks are the best. So glad to have found this recipe. The recipe looks very simple and quick to do . I am definitely going to try this and with any luck they will taste like Olive Garden's. Looking forward to a great meal with these bread sticks.Another good recipe found!

Is the amount of flour four to five cups or 4.5 cups. The directions say to use a total of four cups and adding more if necessary. Would it be fine to add an extra cup because it seems like the breadsticks would end up on the dry side. From times I have added too much flour to buns, that seems to be the case.

I can't comment on the recipe, but it looks quite good. I just wanted to note that I am assuming that the flour called for in this recipe is 4 to 5 cups (4-5 cups) and not 45 cups. ) A missing hyphen can create problems. hehehe


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