Cheesy Breadsticks Made from Pizza Dough

Made from 6 ingredient homemade pizza dough, these easy cheesy breadsticks are a totally irresistible side dish or snack. Brush the dough with a little butter, garlic, herb seasoning, then top with lots of mozzarella cheese. Less than 15 minutes bake time!

Homemade cheesy breadsticks with garlic

My homemade pizza dough recipe has been on my blog for nearly 6 years, but I revamped the post with new photos, extra recipe notes & tips, and a video tutorial. I’ve had so much pizza dough in the kitchen, so I decided to try something BESIDES pizza: homemade cheesy breadsticks. By the way, my pizza dough also makes awesome garlic knots, too!

To say these homemade breadsticks are delicious is a gigantic understatement, especially when dipped in your favorite marinara or pizza sauce. These cheesy breadsticks are covered with butter, garlic & herbs, and mozzarella cheese. Bake until golden and you have a side that majorly competes with the main dish.

Does any other food even exist when you have cheese + garlic + bread? (Homemade cheese bread agrees– no other food matters!)

dipping cheese breadsticks into bowl of marinara sauce

Cheesy Breadsticks Dough

You can make these breadsticks with 1/2 pound of store-bought or homemade pizza dough. My homemade pizza dough yields about 1 lb of dough, which is enough for 2 pizzas or 1 pizza and 1 batch of cheesy breadsticks. If you only need 1 batch of breadsticks, freeze the other half of dough for another time. You will want to make these cheesy breadsticks again.

Even though store-bought dough is super convenient, I urge you to try homemade pizza dough sometime! The dough requires 6 basic ingredients and about 60-90 minutes to rise.

Most of the “work” is hands-off and the flavor is *outstanding.*

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

Ingredients for cheesy breadsticks

Let’s Make Homemade Cheesy Breadsticks

Once you have your pizza dough ready, here’s what comes next:

  1. Shape: Shape the dough into a rectangle. The dough wants to be round, so do your best to shape into a rectangle that’s around 9×13 inches. Doesn’t need to be perfect. Cheesy breadsticks taste awesome no matter what shape!
  2. Top: Top the dough with melted butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning blend. Dried basil or your favorite herb works too. Sprinkle with a generous amount of cheese. I love mozzarella cheese, but you can use your favorite.
  3. Bake: Bake the breadsticks at a very high temperature so the cheese melts and the edges crisp up. These breadsticks bake in less than 15 minutes!

Flavor Tip: Sprinkle cornmeal on the lined baking sheet. Cornmeal adds a lovely crisp.

Homemade pizza dough with cheese on top on a parchment lined baking sheet

Homemade cheesy breadsticks

Quick Video Tutorial

These cheesy breadsticks are easier than you expect and the best addition to pizza night. And if you make and freeze a few batches of homemade pizza dough ahead of time, you can have this cheesy side dish/snack at your disposal ALL THE TIME.

Wait, is that a good or bad thing?!?

PS: If you need an awesome homemade pizza sauce recipe, I’ve made and love this one.

Cheese breadsticks on a green plate

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Homemade cheesy breadsticks with garlic

Cheesy Breadsticks Made from Pizza Dough

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 small breadsticks
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Made from 6 ingredient homemade pizza dough, these easy cheesy breadsticks are a completely irresistible side dish or snack. You can freeze half of the dough for another night. Only 15 minute bake time!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb (230g) store-bought or homemade pizza dough*
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend or dried basil
  • 1 and 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • optional: sprinkle of cornmeal for dusting the pan
  • optional: marinara or pizza sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Prepare pizza dough through step 3. Punch the risen dough down to release the air bubbles. Divide in half. (Make a pizza with the other half or freeze half of the dough for another time. See dough recipe for freezing instructions.)
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  3. On a lightly floured work surface or on a piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat sprinkled with cornmeal (I skipped the optional cornmeal in the video above), roll the dough out into a 9×13 inch rectangle. The dough will want to be round, so do your best to shape it into a thin rectangle around this size– doesn’t have to be perfect.
  4. Combine the butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning together in a small bowl. Brush over shaped dough. Cover evenly with shredded cheese.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. If desired, turn the oven to broil for the last minute to really brown the top.
  6. Slice into breadsticks and serve plain or with marinara sauce. Cover leftover breadsticks tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat as you prefer. Baked breadsticks can be frozen up to 3 months.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: If using my homemade pizza crust, you can make it ahead of time and freeze it. After the pizza dough rises and you punch it down, lightly coat all sides of the dough ball(s) with nonstick spray or olive oil. Place the dough ball(s) into individual zipped-top bag(s) and seal tightly, squeezing out all the air. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place the frozen pizza dough in the refrigerator for about 8 hours or overnight. When ready to make pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to rest for 30 minutes on the counter before using.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand MixerDough ScraperBaking Sheet, Pastry BrushPizza Cutter
  3. Pizza Dough: You can make these breadsticks with 1/2 pound of store-bought or homemade pizza dough. My homemade pizza dough yields about 1 lb of dough, which is enough for 2 pizzas, 2 batches of breadsticks, or 1 pizza and 1 batch of breadsticks. Toppings listed are enough for 1 batch of breadsticks. If you only need 1 batch of breadsticks, freeze the other half of dough for another time. You WILL want to make these again! All freezing and thawing instructions are in my pizza dough recipe.
  4. Cheese: Any shredded cheese you love works. Mozzarella is fantastic with the butter, garlic, and herb topping.
  5. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: cheesy breadsticks, breadsticks

36 Comments

  1. Mmmm!! so delicious Sally, I know you had in you haha thanks for sharing such yummy recipes .

    1. You are so welcome, Alison!

      1. Christine stevenson says:

        I just made these and used the other half for pizza! The recipes you have for the dough, pizza, and breadsticks are better than anyplace you can order them! My husband asks for the pizza all the time! You really should open up a bakery! It would be so amazing! Congratulations on your second pregnancy! Thank you for all the work you do to bring us such delicious things! Also, I have ms and if I can make your recipes anyone can!

  2. Oh my goodness Sally………these look so totally amazing and just delicious!!! I have to make some right now. 😛

    1. Hope you love these!!

  3. Recipe looks amazing and so easy. Just a little typo in step 6. I don’t think you meant to write serve ‘pain’! (Unless you meant pain as in bread!!) I am a really good proofreader.

  4. I always order it from papa John’s pizza place but it is so easy and simple to put this together, no idea why i have never thought to give it a go. You have inspired me Sally, i am definitely making this tonight.

    1. Yay! Hope you love these Abby 🙂

  5. These look really good! I’ve been wanting to make my own pizza crust so I will have to check out your recipe. Thanks Sally!

    1. Thanks Ashley!

  6. WHAT? You can freeze pizza dough? I love everything about this recipe, but that is most exciting. Do you let it rise and then freeze? How do you freeze dough with yeast? Please let me know & thank you for your wonderful work!

    1. Yes! It’s really easy. After the pizza dough rises and you punch it down, lightly coat all sides of the dough ball(s) with nonstick spray or olive oil. Place the dough ball(s) into individual zipped-top bag(s) and seal tightly, squeezing out all the air. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place the frozen pizza dough in the refrigerator for about 8 hours or overnight. When ready to make pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to rest for 30 minutes on the counter before using. 🙂

      1. Thank you so much! You should consider writing a blog post about freezing ;-). I bake all the bread, buns, pretzels (well, and pizza and all that) for my family and freezing the dough will be a game changer for us.

  7. NUM. I love a good cheesy treat like this.

    1. Thanks June!

  8. It’s kind of funny that cheesy breadsticks are the perfect side dish to pizza – a cheesy bread product! But they totally are! These look so yummy!

    1. 🙂 Thanks Laura!

  9. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and THESE are called garlic fingers! You can only find them on menus on the East Coast, and we serve them with this sauce called donair sauce, which is essentially sweetened condensed milk, vinegar and garlic powder. Favourite. Food. Ever.

    1. That sounds delicious!!!

  10. Looks so delicious and absolutely perfect for hosting and parties!

  11. I made these on Sunday for the Super Bowl, they are delicious. The dough is is light and airy and easy to make. Thank you for this terrific recipe. They are absolutely as easy to make as you said.

  12. Made these for Super Bowl Sunday and it was my first time making dough from scratch. This recipe was incredibly easy to follow and the breadsticks were out of this world!

  13. So good! These did not last long!

  14. I’m planning on making these for a get together with friends this Saturday, and will be doing a full batch (so I’m estimating around 32 bread sticks?). I was wondering whether I could switch up the flavors a little? I’m thinking half with mozzarella and all that, and then for the other half I would like to do a barbecue one. I was thinking using barbecue sauce in place of the tomato sauce, and then maybe top it with same ham/bacon. What do you think, Sally? Would that work out OK? Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. That sounds delicious, Erin! It will definitely work with different toppings like BBQ sauce and ham/bacon. Sounds so good!

  15. I’ve been a fan for quite awhile, however will be forced to cancel(?) due to the many ads taking over every page, & blocking content. This is with “ad-block on! Too bad you have great ideas I loved to read and watch.

    1. Hi Pamela! Thank you so much for your feedback. There haven’t been any changes to the ad load or design on my website in awhile– in fact, we reduced the amount! There shouldn’t be any ads blocking my content. Are you getting pop-ups from my website? Those are for signing up for my email list. I also have 1-2 video players in each of my posts that show videos for other recipes. Anyway, so sorry for the trouble and I appreciate your feedback. We always consider it when looking to change the display.

  16. My husband and i have made these just about every weekend love them better then domino’s. My husband own a domino’s he loves them thanks.

  17. I decided to try this recipe out the other night for dinner. I was a little hesitant because I haven’t had good luck with making my own pizza dough. I told my husband that I was making cheesy bread sticks and he walked up behind me when I pulled them out of the oven and exclaimed “They actually LOOK like cheesy breadsticks”! He loves getting breadsticks from pizza places and he was beyond thrilled. Thank you for another yummy recipe!

  18. O-M-Geez! These are so good and just the right texture—crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Now if I could just get my pizza crust to turn out like this.

  19. Delicious.

  20. The recipe is very easy to follow and it turned out amazing!

  21. Hi Sally! You know what, I’ve been doing the homemade hawaiian pizza countless times and my family loves it! Then I chanced upon this recipe and may I ask if I can just do this without the cheese? Just as garlic breadsticks? Also, do you have a recipe of the marinara sauce of this?

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Denise- yes, you can make these breadsticks without cheese. There’s a link to the marinara sauce recipe we use in the post- you’ll find it right below the video tutorial. For another garlic bread recipe option, your family might enjoy our garlic knots! Thrilled the Hawaiian pizza is a favorite!

  22. Wow! We started making your pizza dough this spring while hunkered down and I decided to try this tonight. Big hit! The pizza isn’t even out of the oven yet and these are almost gone! Will definitely make these again, and again, and again……

  23. Lillian Smith says:

    These look amazing! Will try! Thanks!

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