July 16, 2012

Cheesy Bread Sticks

Ahhh, cheesy bread sticks.....let me just say, KIDS LOVE THESE THINGS!  When I worked as the head cook at my son's elementary school, this lunch was hands down the top seller.  OK, who am I kidding, it's not just kids who love these....grown ups do too!  I will admit that because they were such a big hit at the school, I dreaded those days that they were on the menu.  It was a lot of work making these from scratch for 240 in three hours.....along with preparing all the sides that went with it!  Can you tell I don't miss that job too much???

Now that I haven't worked there for a few years, I make them at home once in a while for my family.  We all love them!  If my son is having a few friends over and I know I'm giving them dinner, I'll make these and they gobble them up.  They are also a good finger food, either for an appetizer or as part of a light dinner with salad, and really they even good just to snack on.  You gotta try these...you won't be disappointed!

Cheesy Bread Sticks
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Active Dry Yeast (or 1 1/2  packages)
3 1/4 cups flour
3 oz warm water (3/8 cup)
1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 tsp salt

3 1/2 tbsp sugar
3 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup +  2 tbsp water

1 stick of butter
2-4 tsp chopped garlic
Shredded mozzarella, 4 + cups  
  • Dissolve yeast in warm water, and let stand 4-5 minutes. 
  • Place all dry ingredients (flour, dry milk, sugar, and salt) in mixer bowl.  Using a dough hook, blend on low speed for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add oil and blend on low speed for 2 minutes.
  • Add water.  Mix on low speed for 1 minute.
  • Add dissolved yeast and mix on low speed for 2 minutes.
  • Knead dough on medium speed for 8 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Spread dough out onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Place in a warm area to rise for about 45 minutes to an hour.  You want it to be about doubled in size.
  • Melt butter together with the chopped garlic.  With a pastry brush, brush the butter and garlic all over the dough GENEROUSLY.  You want it to have a good amount of butter and garlic.  When I worked in the kitchen, we sometimes didn't have fresh garlic so I'd use powdered garlic instead.  If you use powdered garlic add a generous amount to the butter, or to your preference.
  • Layer the cheese on top of the butter mixture, again GENEROUSLY!  You want a lot of cheese, because it is cheesy bread sticks afterall!  Rule of thumb for me - add enough cheese so that you don't see any dough peeking through.  The amount of cheese will vary based on your preferences.  
  • Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.  Check after 10 minutes and turn tray around.  Watch closely for the next 10 minutes because you don't want the cheese to get too browned.....well, at least I don't!
  • Remove from oven and wait a couple of minutes before cutting.  I cut tray into thirds, and then into strips.  Serve with warmed pizza or spaghetti sauce.  Serves 4-6.


  1. Those sound (and look) delicious. Just printed out the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. These look just like the Domino's cheesy bread which I looooove! SOunds like a great appetizer!

    1. Yes, it's perfect as an appetizer or as part of a meal & serve with salad. Enjoy!

  3. Wonderful bread sticks! They must be so yummy, gooey and garlicky :-) I have to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  4. This recipe looks delicious! I just had one question, is there any substitute to the nonfat dry milk? Or would that alter the whole recipe? Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!

    1. You could try taking out the dry milk & 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp water, and instead just use 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of milk. This should work. Let me know how it turns out!