Cheesy Garlic Pizza Bread Sticks

An easy and flavorful recipe for homemade soft cheesy garlic pizza bread sticks. They’re a great addition to any party or pizza night!

Cheesy Garlic Pizza Bread Sticks Recipe from

Do you ever hear someone talking about a food item and immediately have to have it? That happens to me way more than I’d like to admit. I don’t necessarily get so crazy about it that I can’t think about anything else until I have it. More like, I’d just really like it but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t.

They were talking about the Olympics on the news and the reporter mentioned how the snow had the consistency of mashed potatoes. Immediately I thought ‘mmmm mashed potatoes!’ I could really go for some. I still could. I’ll never give up potatoes.

On a totally unrelated note, have you noticed how a lot of stores are skipping straight over St Patrick’s day and moving right along to Easter? Easter is TWO months away. It’s like how they skip from Halloween and go straight to Christmas…or rather Labor day straight to Christmas, because let’s be real. Poor Thanksgiving… and St Patrick’s day. I want my green stuff! Hopefully it’s just early and they’ll make up for it but so far my Target is disappointing me, even if they did manage to get me to buy a bag of Hershey’s candy coated eggs.

Cheesy Garlic Pizza Bread Sticks Recipe from

So, I made these on Super Bowl Sunday and couldn’t wait any longer to share them. I’ve always been a big fan of pizza bread sticks but never made them at home. Seriously, these homemade cheesy garlic pizza bread sticks are so good, even they’d be a perfect appetizer or addition to your meal any day of the week. They basically vanished before my eyes. Granted, I was hungry, as was the rest of the family. But good food vanishes fast!

This is a spin on my favorite pizza dough, turned into amazing bread sticks, covered with cheese and flavored with garlic throughout. Don’t waste your time on pre-made pizza dough! It takes only 10 minutes of active prep time to make pull this dough together. It’s worth that small effort to have an extra tasty homemade dish.

Be sure to add this to your menu plan!

Cheesy Garlic Pizza Bread Sticks

Easy homemade soft cheesy bread sticks. A great addition to pizza night or any party!
Prep Time1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 C water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 C whole milk mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Heat water to 115°F, dissolve yeast and sugar. Allow yeast to proof.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer add flour, salt and garlic powder. With mixer running on low, slowly add yeast mixture. Increase speed and mix until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, roughly 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Shape dough to desired size and shape.
  • Melt butter with minced garlic. Brush butter and garlic over entire surface of dough. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until desired crispness is reached.
  • Slice and serve immediately with optional dipping sauces.


Recipe serves roughly 4-8.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More recipes to try:
Spicy chicken bites
Crispy baked ravioli
Whole wheat buffalo chicken pizza
Bacon-basil pesto and chicken pizza
Garlic bread pizza
Four cheese macaroni and cheese
Garlic and Dijon slow cooker chicken

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29 Responses to “Cheesy Garlic Pizza Bread Sticks”

  1. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — February 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I think I just want to eat this for dinner. Nothing else. Just this. Heaven.

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Wouldn’t that be great? :)

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — February 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Yum! My idea of some good comfort food! I feel bad for St. Patrick’s day too!

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Totally ripped off… poor clovers, leprechauns and green stuff ;)

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — February 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

    These pizza sticks look so cheesy and delicious! I published something similar to this today, it’s funny how we usually make the same stuff at the same time! <3

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Great minds! :)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Huge fan of cheesy bread and I’m loving this one.

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Meagan! :)

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    oo I could eat that whole thing. looks sooo good!

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Me too ;) Thanks Nicole!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — February 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Cheesy breadsticks are my love language. And I’m only 20% joking on that one. :)

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Haha! I totally won’t judge. Thanks Courtney :)

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — February 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    These garlicky cheesy sticks look divine. I love cheese and thing with a loada garlic. Yummy!

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Rochelle! :)

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Oh good grief, I already made pizza for dinner tonight but now I’m realllly wishing I’d seen this recipe first. Looks like pizza night’s gonna happen two nights in a row this week! :)

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Oh you definitely need two pizza nights now! :)

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — February 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Ummm .. I’m pretty sure I could way too many of these! They look insanely good!!
    Pinned because I need this in my life asap.

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks so much Angelyn :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 18, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I wish I hadn’t come strolling over to your blog just now. I’m seriously wanting these so badly even though I just ate dinner a couple hours ago. YES! I totally noticed at Target yesterday that everything is EASTER. I didn’t even think about St. Patty’s Day!! Crazy…next thing you know, we’ll be seeing turkeys in July ;)

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      Rachel — February 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

      I’d be so game to see turkeys in July lol

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    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — February 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    These look delicious! I always have the food problem where I think about it after someone mentions it. That is unless its fish or raisins then I seem to forget very quickly :)

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      Rachel — February 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Oh yeah … raisins are definitely one of my least favorite things. Very easily forgettable :)

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    Tieghan — February 19, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Love cheesy bread sticks! These look amazing. Bring on the carbs and cheese!

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      Rachel — February 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Tieghan!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — February 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Garlic and cheese pizza sticks. Yes, I need this carb loaded goodness like now!

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      Rachel — February 19, 2014 at 9:49 am

      I may need to do the same lol Never too early to start planning dinner ;)

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    Erin|The Law Student's Wife — February 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I am the exact same way with cravings! I saw a commercial for chocolate pudding last week and had to make some immediately. I think I ate half of it right out of the pot, lol.

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      Rachel — February 19, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Oh my gosh… hilarious!

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    Sambara Moin — February 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Very nice pizza bread
    i found your post on stumble
    thanks for sharingg

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