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Soft No-Yeast Bread Sticks Recipe

Soft breadsticks are as easy to make as biscuits, and quick enough to whip up almost at the last minute. They make a nice addition to a soup, stew, or salad.

Soft Breadsticks

1 ¼ cups flour
2 tsp sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup milk
3 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
2 tsp sesame seeds (optional)

Combine dry ingredients and gradually add milk to form a soft dough.
Knead gently 3 or 4 times on a floured surface.
Roll out into a rectangle about 10″ x 5″ and cut into 12 sticks.

Put the melted butter into a large baking dish (I use a 13″ x 9″ rectangular glass dish) and turn the breadsticks to coat them with the butter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if you like.

Bake at 450°F for 14 to 18 minutes.
Serve warm.

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  • Alyssa 2015/01/19, 6:43 pm

    I followed the directions EXACTLY, and they turned out super runny. I ended up adding flour, but I really didn’t want to do that. I’d say it takes 2 cups of flour.

    • Domestik Goddess 2015/01/21, 10:18 am

      As noted, different brands of flour are refined to different levels, so baking can be as much art as science. :) My cousins in the United States, for example, find that low-cost supermarket flour is much less absorbent than better quality flour that’s not as processed: less absorbent means that the overly refined flour does not soak up the same amount of liquid as a less-processed flour, so obviously a cook using those products would need to adjust accordingly. This is especially the case with baked goods that rely on structure, such as breads and biscuits. You most likely wouldn’t notice the difference in something where texture is more flexible, like pancakes or cookies.

  • Jill 2015/01/15, 8:03 pm

    People who found the dough sticky probably did what I did. I didn’t really read through the directions, I just mixed the butter in with everything else instead of putting the sticks in the pan of butter to coat it. They’re still really good though. I put garlic salt in the dough, then when they came out of the oven I put melted butter with garlic salt in it and Parmesan cheese on top. They’re so good !!

  • bri 2014/10/27, 8:17 pm

    Im making these now an I didn’t get 12 I got 7 sticks they r thin an where flat like pizza hut bread sticks when I rolls them out maybe next time I try they will come out better but thank you for the recipe

  • Ksenia 2013/12/05, 10:21 am

    Definitely trying this one out!! Sounds great

  • Ann 2013/11/04, 7:25 pm

    I make these all the time. I have had this recipe for a couple years now. I’ve made them with garlic, cinnamon, and the way the the recipe is written. My family loves them we have them with soup, pizza, pasta and even holiday dinners.

  • Domestik Goddess 2013/07/15, 11:18 pm

    Hi Anna, yes, I do bake them in that same pan – that way it’s all nicely buttered up and only one pan has to be washed. :) I use a rectangle glass baking dish, usually, but anything the bread sticks will fit in will do just fine.

  • anna 2013/07/15, 3:29 pm

    hey i was wondering do you bake it in the same pan you rolled them in to coat in butter or in another one? could you reply as soon as possible i would like to make these for dinner tonight

  • Shannon 2013/05/16, 8:51 pm

    Wanted breadsticks to go with dinner tonight and didn’t have yeast. Google found your site. I was a little hesitant because of the reviews… but this was not soupy or sticky at all. These turned out amazing. I will be making them again. Super easy, inexpensive and the whole family loved them. I added some garlic and basil to the dough for added flavor. Yumm! Thank you!

  • A Happy Baker 2013/02/20, 11:06 pm

    These turned out SO WELL for not using yeast. I added some garlic powder and a bit of basil to the butter and they came out fantastic. Just add the milk very gradually and add a bit of flour if the texture isn’t right; for me the recipe measurements worked out just fine. Thank you!!

    • Domestik Goddess 2013/02/28, 12:23 am

      Glad to hear it, Happy Baker! :)

  • Sandy 2013/01/30, 5:23 pm

    Just made these, dble chkd all measurements/ingred’s but ive got a big soupy mess! When i rolled them to the size their thin as paper and imposs to handle. No bread wth the soup tonite :(

  • Peggy 2013/01/02, 5:01 pm

    Hi the recipe is good but tastes better with 3 1/2 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Thanks for the recipe it is good considering no yeast just needs a little more fluffier.

  • Nat 2013/01/01, 5:30 am

    Thanks for an awesome recipe! My whole family loved them. I added a bit more sugar because we all have a sweet tooth. And I used baking soda and cream of tartar because I didn’t have any baking powder. They tasted great! You should put this recipe on Pinterest as they didn’t have any decent no yeast recipes on there. :)

  • victoria 2012/10/30, 6:39 pm

    i just got these breadsticks out of the oven and they are not what i expected. theyre flat and gummy and taste like plain biscuits. i checked all my ingredients and steps and did not make any error while preparing them. did anyone else have this outcome?

  • G&T 2012/10/02, 12:37 am

    Domestik Goddess,

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I was in a pinch because I didn’t have rolls to serve with my soup for dinner tonight. After a quick search and a risky 30 minutes to dinnertime, my family is happy to report: THE ROLLS ARE GREAT! I only set the rolls in melted butter on top and bottom (forgot the sides… oops) and they are still good. If I roll them in butter as you suggest, I’m sure they’ll be better. I didn’t find the dough sticky at all, just tossed some flour in my hands before kneading and had no problem. Thank you again.

  • Froggymom 2012/07/09, 6:35 pm

    I happened to stumble upon this recipe a year or two ago and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s easy and delicious! My whole family just gobbles these up.

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