Breadsticks and Cinnamon Sticks


3 c. warm water

2 Tbl. yeast

1/4 c. sugar

7 c. all-purpose flour (more or less)

2 tsp. salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and sugar; let set for a few minutes until frothy and bubbly.  If it doesn't get frothy, start over.  Combine the flour and salt and gradually mix into the yeast mixture.  Add enough flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and stays in a ball.  Allow to mix, using the dough hook, for about 5 minutes.  Divide the dough according to what you are making with it (breadsticks, cinnamon sticks or pizza - I divided it in half and used half for regular and half for cinnamon sticks).  Very lightly flour your work surface and roll out each dough ball into a large rectangle.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with desired toppings.  Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into long strips.  Take each strip and twist tightly or loosely (I did about 3 or 4 twists) - whichever you prefer into a long strip, the length of the sheet pan.  Place twisted dough pieces onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Let rise for 15 minutes or so before baking.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.  Once out of the oven, brush with butter, if desired.  Full batch will yield around 20 large breadsticks.        

Garlic Topping:

garlic powder

italian seasoning

dried parsley flakes


Marinara, for dipping

Combine above seasonings, according to desired taste.  Sprinkle over dough that has been brushed with melted butter.  

Cinnamon/Sugar Topping:

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

Combine above ingredients and sprinkle over dough that has been brushed with melted butter. Enough for 10 breadsticks.

Vanilla Frosting:

2 Tbl. 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 made a half a batch of the dough and used exactly 3 1/2 cups of flour.  I made half regular and half cinnamon and got 10 breadsticks total.  If you have major frosting lovers, like me, then you might want to make a little extra frosting.

Dough Recipe was adapted from: Deals to Meals