Copycat Crazy Bread Recipe

Copycat Crazy Bread Recipe

Crazy bread is one of the most popular menu items at Little Caesars, and making it from scratch at home is surprisingly easy. The breadsticks are baked to perfection and then topped with melted butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese for a delicious accompaniment to pizza and salad.

Try making this recipe to bring to a pizza and movie night at a friend’s house, or to bake and freeze for reheating later. These make a great freezer bread for reheating with weeknight dinners. Simply bake off the crazy bread and allow it to cool completely to room temperature. Then, wrap them in parchment paper and store in a gallon freezer bag, and freeze for up to three months. When ready to eat just reheat them in a 350 F oven until warmed through completely. If you like you can toss them in more butter and parmesan cheese.

“This recipe is a really easy to follow version of deliciously garlic breadstick, made infamous at Little Caesars. I always like a bread recipe that you can make in just a few hours, and the garlic butter brushed onto makes it a real treat.” —Tracy Wilk 

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup warm water, about 85 F, divided 

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast

  • 2 cups bread flour

  • 1 teaspoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, more for the bowl

  • 1/4 cup (2-ounces) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Copycat Crazy Bread ingredients in bowls

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  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer. fitted with the dough hook, add 1/2 cup of the warm water and the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the top and stir until the sugar dissolves.

    Water, sugar and yeast in a stand mixer

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  3. Let stand until the mixture is frothy, about 5 minutes. 

    Yeast mixture in a stand mixer

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  4. Sift in the bread flour and salt into the mixture. Add the remaining 1/4 cup warm water and the olive oil.

    Yeast, flour, water, olive oil, and salt in a stand mixer

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  5. With the mixer on low speed, mix until the ingredients are combined, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl to be sure the flour is incorporated, about 2 minutes.

    Dough in a stand mixer

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  6. Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth, elastic, and shiny, 8 to 10 minutes. 

    Dough in a stand mixer

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  7. Lightly oil a clean large bowl with olive oil. Transfer the dough to the oiled bowl, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic or a kitchen towel.

    Dough ball in a bowl, covered with a towel

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  8. Leave in a warm place until the dough doubles in size, about 2 hours.

    Dough in a bowl

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  9. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.

    Dough pieces on a cutting board

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  10. Roll each piece into a cylinder about 8-inches long.

    Dough logs on a wooden board

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  11. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

    Dough logs on a lined baking sheet

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  12. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the breadsticks rise until slightly larger, about 20 minutes.

    Dough on a lined baking sheet, covered with a towel

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  13. Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 375 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Parchment paper lined baking sheet

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  14. Bake until the breadsticks are golden brown, about 16 minutes.

    Baked breadsticks on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

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  15. In a medium bowl, stir together the melted butter and garlic powder until combined.

    Melted butter and garlic powder in a bowl with a spoon

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  16. Brush the garlic butter onto the breadsticks, sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese, and serve immediately.

    Copycat Crazy Bread on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, garlic butter and cheese in bowls

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

How to Freeze and Reheat

  • These breadsticks are great to freeze. Bake as directed, allow the crazy bread to cool to room temperature, then wrap in parchment paper and place in a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to three months.
  • Reheat them in a 350 F oven until warmed through completely. Toss them in more butter and parmesan cheese, if you’d like.

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