These copycat Pizza Hut breadsticks take me back to the days of the Book It reading club! Thick, fluffy breadsticks with a a slight crispy outside topped with seasonings. You can make these easily at home!
Pizza Hut uses cheese with rennet so I wanted to make my own version. It took some experimenting but I’m happy with the result.
Why make these at home?
You can use animal rennet free parmesan: I use Organic Valley brand from Whole Foods.
Easy to make: The active time is not long for these breadsticks. You just need to allow time for two rises after the dough is formed.
No added preservatives: Only clean, simple ingredients needed
What’s in Pizza Hut Breadstick seasoning?
After experimenting I found using a mix of garlic powder, oregano, parmesan and onion powder gave me the taste I remember.
I think these also taste great with some finely chopped fresh thyme or basil on top. There are no fresh herbs on the breadsticks at Pizza Hut though.
- All purpose flour
- Olive oil
- Seasonings: garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, fresh thyme/ basil optional
Making the copycat pizza hut breadsticks
Serve the breadsticks hot with some tomato marinara sauce!
We enjoy them with pizza sauce from Whole Foods. It has a thicker consistency.
Making Vegan Pizza Hut Breadsticks
To make this recipe vegan, simply:
- Substitute butter for vegan butter substitute
- Use vegan parmesan in place of dairy parmesan
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Copycat Breadsticks Pizza Hut Style
- 9×9 pan
- Mixing bowl
- ⅓ cup milk dairy or soy milk
- 3 tsp yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1¼ cup water lukewarm (keep 1/2 c and 3/4 c separate)
- 4½ tbsp oil
- 1½ tsp salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 4 tbsp parmesan grated
- 3 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1½ tsp onion powder
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- Mix 1/2 c water,1/3 cup milk, sugar and yeast. Milk and water should be lukewarm. Let sit 15 minutes so yeast activates.
- Meanwhile, add flour, salt and 1½ tbsp oil to bowl and mix. Make a well in center of flour.
- Once yeast is bubbly and foamy pour into center of well in flour mix. Mix to form a dough. Add 3/4 cup of water as needed to make a wet dough. Note, it will be wet and sticky. I find using my hands to be easiest, greasing with a little oil to prevent stickiness.
- Brush 9X13 pan with 3 tbsp oil on all sides. Put dough in pan and cover with plastic wrap. Brush top with olive oil so plastic doesn't stick. Let sit to rise in dark, warm place for 2 hours.
- After two hours, dough will have risen. With a light touch, spread dough out to corners of pan. Use a knife to cut desired shape of breadsticks. Cover and let rise 45 minutes again in warm, dark place.
- Meanwhile, mix seasonings for breadsticks in a small bowl (garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and salt). Melt butter. Preheat oven to 475F.
- After 45 minutes, take out tray. Brush top with olive oil (this gives the crunch). Bake for 20 minutes at 475F.
- Take out tray and reduce oven temperature to 350F. Brush bread sticks with melted butter. Sprinkle seasoning mix all over. Top with 1 tbsp parmesan. Bake again for 10-12 minutes.
- Take out bread stick and sprinkle 2-3 tbsp grated parmesan all over the sticks. Once cooled, enjoy!