Filed Under: Bread | Side Dish

Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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December 13th, 2013
4.91 from 142 votes
4.91 from 142 votes

This simple recipe for Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks makes buttery, garlic-scented, and chewy breadsticks that are utterly addictive!

Yield: 12 breadsticks

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Buttery and garlicky, AKA amazing!
Texture: These breadsticks have a bit of a golden crust but are soft and fluffy inside yet chewy throughout.
Ease: Really easy! Homemade breadsticks may sound intimidating but there’s only a handful of ingredients and I’ve included step-by-step photos so you know exactly how to make them.
Appearance: Mouthwatering.
Pros: Have Olive Garden breadsticks at home whenever you want!
Cons: These are dangerously addictive.
Would I make this again? Mhmmm.

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick copycat recipe with step-by-step photos.

So it’s almost 8am on this Friday morning and I realized I had schedule this post to go live at 3am, like I always do with my posts, but had completely forgotten to write anything before my “recipe rundown.” I didn’t write anything really to introduce you to these copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks or anything else at all. Whoops. Blogger fail. In over four and a half years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever done this before so that’s good at least.

It has totally been one of those weeks. I’ve been making the dumbest mistakes. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen I dropped a tin of cinnamon rolls upsidedown on the ground. Yesterday I made chocolate cupcakes and didn’t love how they turned out, so I baked another batch. The second batch somehow tasted like dirt. Yet despite all these little fails, I’ve been feeling really creative and inspired and have been brainstorming fun things to do next year. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Hopefully I don’t hurt myself in the process.

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
The dough recipe only has six ingredients! Get your ingredients and your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook ready to go. You can make this dough by hand, just get ready to knead for about 10 minutes.

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
Mix your wet ingredients in the bowl of the mixer and add some of the flour. Turn the mixer on low and add the remaining flour, mixing until incorporated.

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough for about 7 minutes.

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
The dough should be smooth and elastic after kneading. This dough is such a breeze to work with!

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
Once doubled, your dough is ready to be portioned and formed into breadsticks!

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. This is made easy and precise with a scale, each portion should weigh 2 ounces. You don’t have to use a scale but it makes things easier!

Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe
Roll each piece of dough into a 7-inch log shape. The logs don’t have to be perfect, they’ll puff up a bit during the second rise.

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
Cover again with plastic and let the dough logs rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake in a 400°F oven for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Homemade Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe with step-by-step photos.
As soon as the breadsticks come out of the oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with the salt and garlic powder mixture. Serve warm. Be careful, these are ADDICTIVE!

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4.91 from 142 votes

How to make
Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Yield: 12 breadsticks
This simple recipe for Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks makes buttery, garlic-scented, and chewy breadsticks that are utterly addictive!

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 16 ounces (about 3 1/3 to 3 1/2 cups) bread flour

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the water, yeast, sugar, and butter. Add in the salt. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and begin to gradually add the flour on low speed. Increase speed to medium and knead the dough for about 7 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.
  2. Remove the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Divide the dough into 12 (2 ounce) portions. Roll each piece of dough into a 7-inch log. Place the dough logs on nonstick baking mat or parchment-lined baking sheets, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter. Combine the salt and garlic powder and sprinkle evenly over breadsticks. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*When it comes to bread baking, weighing your flour will always ensure the best and most consistent results. If you like to bake, consider investing in a kitchen scale if you don't already have one, it makes a big difference!
*Want to prep the dough ahead of time? Check out my free Make Ahead Baking Guide and follow the directions for making yeast dough in advance!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

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I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    jan — July 7, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    made it twice already. Really tasty. My kids love it

  2. #
    Zohra — June 26, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    This was amazing and exactly what I imagined it to taste like. I have tried a few other recipes and this one is hands down the one I am repeating in my house! It was also easy for me to cut the recipe in half and only make 6 breadsticks for the two of us.

  3. #
    Maggie Lacke — June 25, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    The fluffiest little breadsticks ever!! Made a full batch, but I froze the other half to use at a later date. I followed the recipe to a T, and they baked up perfectly! Will definitely become a new staple in my house.

  4. #
    Laura — June 22, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    These are amazing and super easy to make! I started making them after dinner and they were ready for an evening snack! It’s super warm in our house right now so they inflated like balloons but I added 4 extra minutes to my timer and they turned out incredible! Thank you!

  5. #
    Rachel Foley — June 18, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I made these last night. They were better than Olive Garden’s! Thank you!

  6. #
    Leila — June 17, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Great recipe. Doubled it and it still worked perfect. Used olive oil instead of butter to make it vegan. Soft, chewy and delicious. Thanks!

  7. #
    joe loe — June 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    this is the best bread ever its so addictive

  8. #
    Nancy OShea — June 14, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Delicious! Very easy to make.

  9. #
    Sarah — June 8, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Can you freeze these and pull them out of the freezer as needed?

  10. #
    Calli Shell — May 18, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Perfect recipe for flavorful, soft, chewy breadsticks—thank you so much!

  11. #
    Christine — May 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    hmmm, I’m an experienced baker, but mine came out looking nothing like the ones in the photo. Good enough breadsticks that are simple to make, but nothing like Olive Garden.

  12. #
    Toni — May 14, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Amazing, better than Olive Gardens!! Used all purpose flour instead of bread flour (didn’t have any) and they still came out great!

  13. #
    Brandon — May 10, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Absolutely amazing! Dare I say better than olive garden.. Only problem is now my family wants me to make them all the time! Luckily they’re pretty darn easy! Thank you so much for the recipe, this is a keeper!

  14. #
    Jessica — May 5, 2020 at 10:58 am

    These are so delicious and easy to make! Thank you for the recipe!

  15. #
    Samantha — May 3, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I made these vegan just by substituting vegan earth balance butter for the normal butter, and my non-vegan parents loved them! They taste almost exactly like the Olive Garden ones too.

  16. #
    Jennifer E Ledsome — May 1, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Really liked these! Super soft and chewy. Definitely a keeper!

  17. #
    Toosdai — April 24, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    These were spot on, thank you so much!

  18. #
    Bridgette Hughes — April 24, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Absolutely amazing!!

  19. #
    Kathryn Jenkins — April 23, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    I made these with all purpose flour because that was all I had and they still turned out amazing. I will definitely make these again.

  20. #
    Isaac Forquer — April 4, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Mine came out maybe even better than Olive Garden…This is a KEEPER!!!

  21. #
    Sheila — April 1, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I too didn’t have the patience to let the bread rise and used all purpose flour no bread flour in the Pandemic. rose for about 45 min total and made the sticks and then let them rise again only long enough for oven to warm. These are Addicting for sure. Was also delicious with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top as well.

  22. #
    tbird — March 28, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Family’s favorite! Thanks

  23. #
    Michelle — March 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    This is my go-to recipe whenever we have spaghetti or lasagna, or anything else Italian! So yummy and easy to make!

  24. #
    Maureen Johnston — March 25, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Absolutely scrumptious! Taste just like the ones at Olive Garden. So easy to make….bet I could use the recipe for other dough stuff?

  25. #
    Maureen Johnston — March 25, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Absolutely scrumptious! Taste just like the ones at Olive Garden. So easy to make….bet I could use the recipe for other dough stuff?

  26. #
    Maureen — March 25, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Absolutely scrumptious! Taste just like the ones at Olive Garden. So easy to make….bet I could use the recipe for other dough stuff?

  27. #
    cindy Harder — March 24, 2020 at 9:24 am

    love this recipe. Very easy to make

  28. #
    Angela — March 24, 2020 at 6:06 am

    I made these last night and they were absolutely amazing! Soft and delicious!! We all thought they were spot on with what you get at Olive Garden!!! Yummmmm!!!

  29. #
    Candice — March 19, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Tasty, but found the dough quite dense and unmanageable (used 3⅓ cup of the flour). I’m guessing it’s due to a difference between Canadian bread flour and American, that’s the only reason I can think of.

  30. #
    SallyB — March 16, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Perfect!

  31. #
    M — March 15, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Hey! Love all your recipes! Can’t wait to try this one…can I sub gluten free flour? Thanks!

  32. #
    Althea Conger — March 13, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    I just pulled these out of the oven, spread the melted butter on, sprinkled them with the salt and garlic powder. I finished off 2 of these right in a row. OMG!!! THE BEST. It is very hard for me not to go eat the rest. I looked at 2 other web sites that offered breadsticks, but when I looked at the ingredients and mixing directions I realized they copied the recipe from you Tessa. As they say “Imitation is the sincerest form of Flattery.”

  33. #
    Jessica Castillo — March 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Made these tonight to go with our spaghetti. They were a hit!! Made our meal a little more special and I didn’t have to run to store to buy breadsticks or garlic bread.

  34. #
    Adam — February 15, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Absolutely delicious. My family loved them!

  35. #
    Wendy — January 26, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I need to make gluten free breadsticks. I purchased Pillsbury Best gf flour. It says you can substitute it 1:1 for regular flour in making bread, muffins, rolls, etc. Do you have any experience with fluten free flour substitution and this recipe?

    • #
      Tessa — January 29, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      I’m sorry, Wendy, but I don’t do gluten free baking. Gluten is essential to giving bread its structure so I’m really not sure how that would work out.

  36. #
    Will — January 14, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Only one problem Olive Garden bread sticks are vegan. No butter

  37. #
    Janet Holste — January 13, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    My kids and grandkids said these were better than Olive Garden. Will make them again and again!

  38. #
    Nate Brush — January 11, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Do you want hero status amongst family & friends with minimal skill and effort?

    Tessa has provided you the key to that world with this recipe.

  39. #
    Cornelio — December 28, 2019 at 12:18 am

    SUPERB, many thanks, Compliments of the Season, and a Very Happy New Year 2020 in advance.

  40. #
    Joseph — December 27, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I look forward to trying this recipe, right now!!! I love to bake and have several good recipes including chocolate pie, but the recipe can no longer be found, I saved it and love to eat it!

  41. #
    Steve K — December 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Made these for my wife who worked at Olive Garden during college and loves their breadsticks. She loved them and our two and four year old loved them too. We were surprised they they tasted so alike the real thing! Great recipe and better than going out to dinner with the Kids!

  42. #
    Cindi — November 28, 2019 at 8:40 am

    What temp. does the water need to be?

    • #
      Bella — March 17, 2021 at 2:08 pm

      About 110 so it doesn’t kill the yeast 🙂

  43. #
    Kortnee Heck — November 22, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my God…These were amazing. I ended up with 14 – 2 oz bread sticks. My 2nd rise lasted a little longer then stated but I had time before dinner, so no big deal. They turned out light, airy, and delicious! I will add that I will cut the salt on the topping, 1/4 tsp for both garlic powder & salt in my future. My 3rd bread recipe from you and I’m a BIG fan! Thank you!

  44. #
    Kristen G — November 19, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Great recipe for garlic breadsticks! They really are quite similar to olive garden’s.

    Other notes: My breadsticks weren’t really browned at the 12 minute mark, so I gave them a quick brush with the topping & popped back in for another minute to help get the nice color.

    I would also love to see a video on how to consistently shape a breadstick. My first few were wonky but I got better at shaping towards the end.

  45. #
    Bella — November 9, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    These were delicious and the dough was a pleasure to work with! Beautiful at every stage! Will definitely be making these again

  46. #
    Tracie — November 1, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Can you make this recipe with regular yeast

  47. #
    Denise — October 27, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I have all purpose flour. Will that work instead of bread flour?

  48. #
    Ruby Oligmueller — October 26, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Very easy to make and turned out delicious! Makes 12 large breadsticks.

  49. #
    Crystal — October 26, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I made it but by hand. It came out great except they were to big. They tripled in size But maybe I let them Sit too long. Other than that they were great!

  50. #
    Lisa — October 24, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    These were quick and easy and delicious. They really did taste like the breadsticks at Olive Garden!

  51. #
    Marie — October 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    These are GREAT! They taste wonderful. Thank you so much for the recipe.
    I made a double batch for my sister’s birthday, par baked them, then froze so I could take them straight from the freezer and into the oven to save time on the day of her dinner.
    I’m making more today and can’t wait!
    Thank you so much for the recipe.

  52. #
    kathy — October 20, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Would have been nice to have been able to prnt this recipe instead of having to hand write it.

  53. #
    Rina Vue — August 24, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    SO GOOOOOD. literally didn’t think this would come out good, but it’s so soft and after it’s warm, it’s so soft and chewy and perfect. Honestly I almost cried, this is a masterpiece.

  54. #
    Jeanne — July 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    This is a great recipe. Delicious and soft. They have turned out perfect every time. Weighing the flour has made all the difference. I use my bread machine to mix and knead on the dough setting, it rises, I shape and give it an extra rise of 45-60 minutes and bake. We have even used our grill to bake them when it’s to hot for the indoor oven.

  55. #
    Janet — July 9, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Easy to make..delisious

  56. #
    Chase — June 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Your recipe notes say to measure by weight, but your recipe measures by volume. Is there a version of this recipe that uses baking weights (such as grams) instead of volumes?

    Thanks.

  57. #
    Sean — June 20, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I thought Olive Garden used garlic salt?

  58. #
    Kat — June 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Wow. Just wow. I followed your directions 100% and they turned out amazing! My husband and son were blown away! Weigh the flour, use bread flour. Will make again, many times.

  59. #
    Rebecca — May 31, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    My son can’t digest garlic powder, but is OK with fresh. If I wanted to use fresh garlic in this recipe as a substitute, when and where should I add it in? Thanks for your help!

    • #
      Elizabeth Michelle Detty — March 29, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Do I proof the yeast?

    • #
      Tam — May 22, 2020 at 5:02 am

      You could try and mix some crushed garlic into some butter and brush it over the top 🙂

  60. #
    Susan K — May 31, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Thank you for this recipes. I used fresh garlic and parsley in my butter and my guests raved about the bread! Thank you again!

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