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1-Hour Garlic Breadsticks (Olive Garden Copycat)

These breadsticks are everything you are looking for - buttery, fluffy, and quick to make! They are the perfect addition to any soup or pasta meal!


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  • 2 tsp instant yeast

  • 2 Tbsp sugar

  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups flour

  • 1 Tbsp salt

  • 1/4 cup melted butter, divided

  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt

  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the warm water, yeast and sugar. (If using active dry yeast, let the yeast mixture sit for 5 minutes).

  2. In a large bowl, stir together 4 cups of flour and salt. Then add the yeast mixture and 2 Tbsp melted butter. Stir until the mixture comes together to form a ball.

  3. Move the dough to a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until a soft dough has formed. Keep adding flour if the dough is really sticky. You want the dough to be floured enough that it doesn't stick to the countertop.

  4. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle and divide the dough in half. Divide each half into 6 equal pieces (a total of 12 pieces) and roll into a breadstick (see notes for more help!).

  5. Move to a prepared baking sheet (sprayed with oil or lined with parchment paper). Cover with a towel and let rise for 30-45 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned.

  7. Stir together the remaining 2 Tbsp melted butter with garlic salt and dried parsley. Brush the breadsticks with the butter mixture and serve!


  • Shaping the breadsticks: I use a dough cutter to cut the rolled out rectangle in half both ways. Then cut each quarter into 3 long strips. Take each strip and pinch the two long ends together and place on the baking sheet pinched-side down.

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Could you make this dough ahead of time refrigerate it?

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I haven't tried it, but it should work just fine! I would shape the breadsticks, cover it well and refrigerate. When you are ready to bake, pull them out and let them come to room temperature and then let rise until puffy before baking (should take 45 minutes to an hour).

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