Slap-Your-Mother-Good Puffy Pastry Breadsticks

What do you make on a rainy day to accompany afternoon wine with friends? Puff pastry breadsticks!


  • 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 TBS fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


These are absurdly easy and ridiculously tasty. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. On a lightly floured surface or wax paper, unfold thawed pastry sheets. (It took about 30 minutes to thaw on the counter) Cut each pastry sheet into 8 strips, about 1 inch wide, or narrower if you prefer.

In a small bowl, melt the butter. In a separate shallow dish, combine cheese, basil, and garlic powder. Brush pastry sticks with melted butter. Roll pastry sticks in cheese mixture, coating each side. This gets a bit messy, with patting basil and cheese onto the buttered dough to get it to stick to both sides. The dough will be soft.

Gently twist pastry sticks, and place on a prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, checking after 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool or eat them all – immediately! I didn’t even have a chance to take an ‘after’ picture of their golden deliciousness.

Thanks to Paula Deen for the recipe inspiration!

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