In the not too distant past, I had an obsession with crazy bread from Little Caesars. Their pizza is alright, every once in awhile surprisingly good, but that Crazy Bread….so. dang. good.
Something about the combination of soft, chewy, and perfectly buttery, made them highly addictive. They probably added crack or something. Or maybe it was the fact that we rarely bought breadsticks in addition to pizza. Because, why? Pizza apparently is not enough bread for one meal, so let’s add breadsticks. Makes no logical sense to me.
Regardless, I love me some breadsticks. There was a point in my life where I didn’t want to pay $2.99 for a little baggie of bread so I took to Google to find their secret recipe.
Turns out, it’s nothing special. Butter, duh. Garlic salt, duh. And powdered parmesan cheese, duh.
I’m sure they have some fancy bread recipe that is the exact same as their pizza crust and they just roll it out and cut it, but there was something I was missing.
Then I realized, you brush the butter, salt, and parmesan, on the breadsticks AFTER you cook them. That is what really makes it special. I have no idea if Little Caesars does this or not, because once I figured out how to make a copycat version, that’s a million times better, I have never ordered Crazy Bread again.
And I never crave it.
Because mine is better.
The reaction I get when I make these for people is pretty much always the same:
“Oh my gosh, these are the best breadsticks I’ve ever tasted!”
Also, I really like easy in my house. And these are E-A-S-Y.
Like, you can’t mess them up.
Like, I’ve tried. And it doesn’t work.
They’re also fast.
Like, “Oh crap I need something to go with dinner and I forgot to start my knead-by-hand bread 4 hours ago and now I’m screwed….except, breadsticks!” fast.
Like, start to finish in maybe an hour, fast.
That’s pretty fast for soft, chewy, delicious, fresh, made from scratch, yeast bread, breadsticks.
So next time you’re craving breadsticks, or Crazy Bread, or need something to serve with dinner, or you want to impress guests, make these.
What else can I say except You’re Welcome.
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. yeast
- 1½ cups warm water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3½ cups all purpose flour
- Garlic Butter
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ½ tsp. garlic salt
- Powdered parmsean cheese
- Put yeast and sugar in mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, I use a KitchenAid.
- Add the water, it should be about the temperature of a very warm but not hot shower.
- Let water and yeast mixture sit and bubble for about 5-10 minutes to activate yeast.
- Add flour and salt. Mix to incorporate flour fully. Knead for about 3-5 minutes.
- Cover dough and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Roll out on a floured or greased surface to fit a half sheet cake size pan.
- Grease pan or cookie sheet and transfer dough to pan. Score dough into sticks with a pizza cutter, but don't cut all the way through on the edges.
- Cover and let rise for 10-45 minutes.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until barely golden.
- Add garlic salt to the melted butter and stir together.
- Brush breadsticks with garlic butter and sprinkle with parmesan. Cut on the score lines and serve immediately.
- *I like to refrigerate leftovers and eat cold or in the microwave for 10 seconds.