High Heels and Grills: Garlic Cheesesticks

Friday, August 24, 2012

Garlic Cheesesticks

My very first job that I ever had was as a lifeguard at a community college in my hometown. I did it for two summers and was just about to move into doing it during the school year when I got into a bad car accident and broke my collar bone. For some reason, my boss didn't like the idea of having a lifeguard with a broken collar bone...weird, I know. He told me that I could come back when I was healed up, but I decided to start working with my best friend instead - at a pizza place. I actually loved working there. Who knew that tossing and flipping dough could be so much fun?? The best food in that place was hands down their garlic cheesesticks. Although I'm sure mine don't taste near as good as theirs did, I still thoroughly enjoy them!

This recipe isn't anything fancy. It's just plain and simple, but it definitely gets the job done. We used the same dough that we made for our Margherita Pizza. Heck, maybe you should just have a meal out of this and make both things! (This recipe will make one large thing of cheesesticks or two small ones.)

  • 3/4 cup hot water (as hot as you can run it from the tap, but NOT BOILING or you will kill the yeast.)
  • 3/4 tsp. dry active yeast
  • 1-1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups bread flour (or all-purpose is fine)
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • Dry basil (optional)

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let sit for five minutes until yeast blooms.
  2. Add the olive oil, sugar, and salt to the yeast and stir.
  3. In a separate bowl, measure out flour and add yeast mixture to it, stirring until well combined. (At this point, the dough may seem sticky, but don't worry, this is exactly how it's supposed to be.)
  4. Spray a separate bowl with cooking spray and place dough in it.
  5. Cover dough and let sit for about an hour, until doubled in size.
  6. After dough is done rising, preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Roll out dough until about 1/2 inch thick. (More or less, depending on how you like it.)
  8. Combine butter and garlic and with a pastry brush, spread mixture generously over pizza dough.
  9. Cover with cheese and basil and let cook for 9-12 minutes.
  10. Cut into slices with pizza cutter and enjoy!
Hope you like them!


Linking up here.


  1. Ok. These look amazing. I'm a huge fan of cheesesticks and all the ones I make aren't as great as the ones at pizza places. Trying these ASAP!

  2. Yum! These look delicious...pinning pronto. :)

  3. These look fabulous! I'm excited to try them. I also happen to LOVE that margherita pizza, so making them both is a great idea :)

  4. Pinning so I can make these for my son! He will love them. When we go for pizza he always pigs out on the cheesy bread sticks and pretty much ignores the pizza. Thank you!

  5. Yummie! Gotta try these! Liz

  6. Sounds delicious!! Can't wait to try them

  7. Hello.
    Visiting from Serenity Saturday.

    Anything with cheese and garlic will get my vote (smile). These look so tasty. Thanks for sharing.

    Moonlight Serenade

  8. That looks so yummy! Garlic is always great!

  9. Another yummy sounding recipe!!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. We ate at Olive garden today, and these look so much better. I love anything with garlic on or in it! Great photography shot. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success! PS - following you on Facebook!

  11. This looks yummy an my family loves cheese sticks I have pinned it so that I remember the recipe. Stopping by from Reasons to Skip the housework link party

  12. These are really wonderful and delicious looking!
    We looooooooove garlic sticks, but I don't often make garlic-cheesesticks.
    I can't wait to try these :)

  13. These look so good. I am sitting drooling right now. Not a pretty site.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  14. I love any type of breadsticks! Best part of ordering a pizza is getting the bread to go with it! I'll have to give these a try! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

  15. Oh my! gonna have to try this with dinner tonight....!


  16. I'll take two baskets of these please!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  17. I hope you healed up just fine! These breadsticks would be excellent with any soup or pasta meal, thanks for linking!

  18. Talk about timing! I was just telling my hubby that in light of the high price of food, I'm revamping our family meals to include more soups. These bread sticks will be a perfect AND inexpensive side to many (especially italian) ones that I plan on making. Thanks for putting this out there!

    Theresa :)

  19. YUM! This will do nothing for my healthy eating, for sure, but it sounds so good! Making these this weekend :)

  20. These are for me. Hubby does not do well with garlic so I could make these and have them all for myself.

  21. Pinning! :) I love breadsticks and these look heavenly. Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  22. Absolutely mouth-watering! Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Please come back soon.

  23. My boys always want cheese sticks with pizza. This sounds easy enough! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

  24. My boys always want cheese sticks with pizza. This sounds easy enough! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

  25. I love anything that has bread, garlic, and cheese. Great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  26. Looks so good I want to lick the computer screen!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  28. Hello Sarah! Okay, So I just made these and my husband and I LOVED them! He just went on and on about how good the dough was (I agreed). It was delicious! Thank you for sharing a little part of Ephraim with me that I left behind when I moved! It was fun to eat these! Thanks!
    -Jenna Haderlie ( I know I look stupid always having to sign, I don't know how to change my name from unknown. Oops. Sorry!)


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