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Garlic Butter Parmesan Soft Pretzel Breadsticks

Get your soft pretzels fix in BREADSTICKS form! These easy soft pretzel breadsticks are covered in a flavorful garlic butter and tons of Parmesan cheese for the ultimate appetizer.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 breadsticks


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water 110F
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda

Garlic Butter Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes until foamy, then whisk in sugar and salt. With mixer running on medium speed, add flour 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl, adding additional flour if needed.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead several times until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place, 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Punch risen dough down and divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each dough portion into a 6-in breadstick shape and place 1-apart on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 15-30 minutes.
  • Make the garlic butter: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic to pan and saute 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and salt. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring 6 cups water to a low boil over medium-high heat. Dissolve baking soda into water. Working 1-2 at a time, carefully place breadsticks in boiling water and boil 30 seconds on each side, flipping once. Transfer back to baking sheets and repeat boiling with remaining breadsticks.
  • Bake breadsticks in a preheated 450F oven 10 minutes, then remove from oven and brush with garlic butter and sprinkle with Parmesan. Return breadsticks to oven and continue baking an additional 5-10 minutes until breadsticks are a deep golden brown. Enjoy hot from the oven!