Bread Machine Breadsticks and Cinnastix

adapted from: Nicole W.

1 1/2 c. + 2 Tbl. warm water

2 Tbl. unsalted butter, softened

2 Tbl. sugar

3 tsp. salt

4 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast

For Topping:

3 Tbl. unsalted butter, melted

Garlic Breadsticks Topping:

  or garlic powder

3/4 tsp. dried parsley

Cinnastix Topping:

1/4 c. sugar mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon

Add dough ingredients to the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.  Mine is in the order it is typed above: Add the warm water, softened butter, sugar, salt and flour.  Make a pocket in the top of the flour and add the instant yeast.  Turn bread machine on the dough cycle and allow it to mix and knead the dough, about 15 minutes.  It will look a little sticky at first, then as it kneads the dough, it will form a ball and will look smooth, soft and not as sticky and that is when it is done.  

Remove dough from bread machine and place on a lightly floured surface.  Form into a 2-foot long rectangle.  Cut into 16 strips.  Knead each strip a few times and roll/form into a 6 - 7-inch breadstick; arrange 2-inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Cover with a cloth and allow to rise until doubled; about 45-60 minutes.  

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Brush breadsticks with 3 Tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with garlic seasoning and dried parsley or cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Bake for 15 minutes, they will be lightly golden.  Serve regular breadsticks alongside pasta or serve the cinnastix with a side of Cream Cheese Icing.  

Cream Cheese Icing:
2 Tbl. unsalted butter, softened
1 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt

Using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix until smooth and combined. You can either spread this over the slightly cooled cinnamon sticks or serve it on the side for dipping

Jenn's Notes: I know 3 teaspoons of salt seems like a lot, but I added that much and they were great, not salty at all.  This recipe can also be halved.  I thought these were delicious!  If you have BIG frosting lovers, you might want to make a little extra of the cream cheese icing.