I found this recipe on sotatstysoyummy and I decided I wanted to give it a try. I basically followed the recipe exactly, except I added some parmesan cheese to the melted butter mixture and brushed it on each of the breadsticks before they baked. These were delicious, and so easy to make! I may never go back to store bought breadsticks or garlic bread again!
For the Dough:
1 package Active Dry Yeast
4 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour, plus more for kneading
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 tablespoon Fine Salt
For the Topping:
3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/8-1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder (I like garlic so I may have added more)
*Handful of Grated Parmesan Cheese (I added this)
To Make the Dough:
Place 1/4 warm water in the bowl of a mixer, and sprinkle in the yeast. Set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, butter, sugar, fine salt, and 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons of warm water. Mix with the paddle attachment until a slightly sticky dough forms.
Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until soft and smooth (about 3 minutes). Roll into a 2 foot long log and cut into 16 pieces. Knead each piece slightly and shape into a 7 inch long breadstick. Arrange the breadsticks 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Cover with a cloth and let them rise in a warm spot until they are doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
To Make the Topping:
In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, kosher salt, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. Using a pastry brush, brush each of the breadsticks with this mixture.
Bake the breadsticks at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.