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Crispy & Buttery Homemade Breadsticks | Recipe

by Saara

These homemade breadsticks have Christmas written all over them. Breadsticks are easy to make and a delicious addition to any gift basket. These crispy breadsticks are cousins with Italian Grissini but unlike them, these are based on butter instead of olive oil. You can decorate the breasticks with seeds, herbs, spices, and cheese to create a full collection of flavors.

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Homeamade bread sticks

How this breadstick recipe came my way

The original recipe is by Swedish baker Heléne Johansson from the book “Bröd“. What can I say – I wish my mother taught me how to bake bread but it was the Swedish bakers and their books. Haha!

I have a heartfelt recommendation for this book. Johansson is not afraid to have opinions and uses quite a bit more salt than I personally enjoy in bread baking. But hey, a recipe is always a starting point for your own journey. The instructions below are re-written by yours truly.

I have scaled the recipe down to 30 sticks from 60 sticks. In reality, this means 3 sets of baking trays since I currently have a smaller oven. But with a normal oven, you can manage this recipe with two baking trays. If you’re in a serious baking mood, make a full batch!

buttery and flavored homemade breadsticks for a christmas gift basket

Crispy & Buttery Homemade Breadsticks | Recipe

The recipe includes only 15g butter and is baked with fresh yeast. All-purpose flour is mixed with finely milled white rye, such as this Organic 5 Pounds White Rye Flour*. The recipe is easy and the kids can join along.

Homeamade bread sticks

Homemade Breadsticks | My Vintage Cooking

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Makes/Serves: 30 sticks Prep Time: Cooking time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 250 g water
  • 7,5 g fresh yeast
  • 300 g wheat flour
  • 75 g white rye flour (finely milled)
  • 15 g butter (room temperature)
  • 7,5 g honey
  • 10 g sea salt


  1. In the stand mixer bowl, dissolve yeast and honey into lukewarm water. Let it sit for a few minutes and combine all ingredients except for salt. Knead the mix at a slow speed for 10 minutes. Add salt and continue kneading for 5 more minutes. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C/ 392°F. Prep 2-3 sets of baking trays with parchment paper. Set a cup of water and all the toppings of your choice ready on the side. Spices, seeds, and grated cheese are all great.
  3. It's better not to flour the baking desk. This dough is sticky, and it gives you an excellent grip to roll the sticks. Divide the dough into 3 parts and further slice the chunks into equal more petite balls, each set at a time. Roll and shape the sticks to your liking. Long or short sticks, as long as the sticks have the same thickness. Shape them thinner than your index finger as the stick will rise. I also made a small batch of braids.
  4. Brush the sticks gently with water and dip them in chosen toppings each at a time. I used sesame seed, poppy seed, rosemary, thyme, and chili.
  5. Place the sticks on parchment paper 2-3 cm apart from one another. Let the sticks rise at room temperature for 45 minutes. If you're baking alone, the chances are that by the time you finish your last stick with toppings, the first tray has been resting for 45 minutes already. Hence, preheat the oven when you start shaping the sticks.
  6. Bake the sticks at the medium-level oven rack for 10-12 minutes. Let the breadsticks cool at room temperature.
  7. Store the stick in a dry place.

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crispy homemade breadsticks

I was happy to remember this recipe from my archives the other day. It’s impossible to serve sweets and cookies to everyone yet it’s super boring to give just a bottle of wine to a friend. I think giving something homemade during Christmas time is a great tradition, don’t you think?

Breadsticks are approachable for all ages and are easy to serve on the side with cheese. A great snack all the way, especially on a charcuterie board.

Love, Saara

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Michele 2022-02-07 - 6:57 PM

Saara, how long do you make your sticks? These look beautiful, and I love your suggestions for charcuterie, or even as gifts for those friends who are not as fond of sweets. I have also saved your gingerbread recipe to try next Christmas, and I love the look of your hazelnut/fig loaf. Ferraro Rocher are a particular love of mine, but I could just sit and eat roasted hazelnuts as well. Thanks for so generously sharing your knowledge and baking skill.

Saara 2022-02-08 - 9:03 AM

Thank you Michele, so nice to hear you’ve found many recipes. Hazelnuts are delicious in baking! :)

The breadsticks are excellent for gifts, snacks, and even picknicks! To make these from scratch, I think it takes me roughly 2 hours from start to finish. Half of the time involves waiting for the dough to rise and then the shaped sticks to prove.



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