When I was in college there was this pizzaria that delivered the beautiful cheese filled breadsticks. They were awesome.  Basically a mix between a mozzarella stick and a breadstick.  This recipe, however simple, took a couple of tries as I needed to get the right cheese.  After having the right cheese, it took a while to determine the proper way to wrap the cheese so that it didn’t escape.  Below are the perfect cheese filled breadsticks.

The only breadsticks I eat.
The only breadsticks I eat.

As you can see the cheese and bread come together in one amazing little package.

Cheese Filled Breadsticks – 400 degree oven

  • 1 pizza dough – Recipe
  • 8 string cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbs dried parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tbs oregano
  • 1/2 tbs onion powder
  • 1/2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pizza sauce of choice for dipping
    • Quick and easy pizza sauce
      • Can whole peeled tomatoes
      • 3 cloves garlic
      • 15 basil leaves
      • 1/4 tsp salt
      • 1/8 tsp pepper
      • 1 tsp red pepper flake – (optional)

The first step is to make the pizza dough and let it rise till it doubles.  Here is a simple and easy pizza dough. If you are running short on time, almost all grocery stores have pre-made pizza dough in the deli section.  Or, you can always stop by a local pizzaria and purchase the pre-made dough.

Let the dough rise
Let the dough rise

Once risen, gently push it down in the middle and divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.

I find it is easiest to cut the dough into 8 pie shaped pieces.
I find it is easiest to cut the dough into 8 pie shaped pieces.

Now it is time for the cheese.  The key to these breadsticks is using a low moisture string cheese.  It melts perfectly and is solid at room temperature to help you form the breadsticks.

String Cheese works perfectly
String Cheese works perfectly

Take one of the pieces and gently form it into a rectangle.  Make sure the rectangle is about a half inch longer than the string cheese on each side.

Make sure to have the dough big enough to cover the cheese stick
Make sure to have the dough big enough to cover the cheese stick

Now fold the edges of the dough over the ends of the cheese.  This is very similar to making a burrito.  Folding the ends over will prevent the cheese from escaping.

Fold like a burrito
Fold like a burrito

Now roll the remaining dough over the cheese.  Make sure to press the seam together.  You don’t want cheese escaping.

Make sure to press the seams.  You don't want cheese to leak out.
Make sure to press the seams. You don't want cheese to leak out.

Line up the breadsticks on a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet.  Cover them with a towel for 30 minutes.

Let proof
Let proof

While the breadsticks are proofing, it is time to make the topping.  I usually frown upon dried parmesan cheese but in this instance it works great.  Add the parmesan to a bowl.

Dried Parmesan
Dried Parmesan

Then add the garlic and onion powder, oregano and salt to the bowl and mix.

Mix and break up any lumps.
Mix and break up any lumps.

After the breadsticks have proofed, lightly cover them with melted butter.

Brush with melted butter
Brush with melted butter

Then sprinkle with the topping.

Add the topping, might as well go all out.  Add a lot.
Add the topping, might as well go all out. Add a lot.

Place the breadsticks in a 400 degree preheated oven.  Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.

Perfectly cooked, took me 19 minutes in the oven, but ovens vary.
Perfectly cooked, took me 19 minutes in the oven, but ovens vary.

Serve with your favorite pizza sauce.

Perfect with sauce
Perfect with sauce

Here is one broken in two to show you the inside.

Look at the glorious cheese
Look at the glorious cheese

These breadsticks are simple and amazing.  Next time you want to add a little zing to your pizza night, try these out.

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  1. I wanted to know if you made the pizza dough above if you would take half of the dough and separate into 8 pieces or if you would take all of the dough and separate into 8 pieces because the recipe says to take half and set aside or make two pizzas with it. thanks


    • Kristy – That is really confusing. I will try to be more specific in the future. The recipe requires one pizza dough, so you only need half of the dough recipe. Thanks for pointing that out.

  2. Hi,

    I found your recipe after countless requests from my boys (10 & 7) to find a decent cheese filled breadstick recipe. They simply loved it! They (& I) thank you for the awesome step-by-step instructions and beautiful pictures. This is definitely a keeper.

  3. Oh stop! You are killing me! Now my boys are going to want this too. Will definitely try & let you know. Thanks.

  4. Hi,

    The last time I did this, the bread turned out pretty dry even though the filling was moist & cheesy. Not sure what I did wrong. What should I do?

    • Cheryl, You could brush the breadsticks with butter a couple of minutes before you bring them out of the oven. Or else, you could adjust your dough recipe to include a tad more oil. I will try a couple of things and get back to you.

  5. Ness, I messed around with the ingredients and found that 1tbs was perfect. The dough does make two pizza crusts. Also make sure to use kosher salt, which comes across as less salty in food than table salt.

  6. I have done this many times. They usually come out pretty dry for me even after I baste the top with butter. Just can't get the color that's depicted in your picture.

    • Cheryl – I don't know what is going on. Try adding a Tbs of honey to your dough. It will add some sugar to the dough for carmelization without over-powering the dough with a sugary taste. I just moved and noticed that my new oven does not cook as well as my other one. My older oven might have been a tad bit hotter than the setting. I will try this out later this week and get back to you. I am working on a new pizza dough that will have a more complex flavor than my standard dough. I will definitely let you know.


  7. do you think they would be ok to freeze if i'm not going to be baking them the same day?

    • Freezing will be OK. I believe that you may want to remove them from the freezer and let them thaw before cooking. Most frozen breads that go right to the oven are partially cooked. In this case I would remove them, let them thaw and rise. Then bake according to the normal baking instructions.

  8. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe! It turned out delicious and very filling!

  9. Made these tonight – came out great! They did brown a little earlier than the time stated above, although I cheated and used pillsbury pizza dough… =)

  10. Sree @ SaagAhh Reply

    These were a great use-up for some extra pizza dough. Thanks!

  11. My kids absolutely LOVE this recipe. The only problem I am having is keeping the cheese from leaking out during baking. Any suggestions?

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