Copycat Olive Garden Bread Sticks

My son is 4 years old and always asks if we can eat at Olive Garden.  He loves their chicken alfredo and breadsticks. I found this recipe and thought it would be a good idea to surprise him with Olive Garden copycat breadstick!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water warm
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon yeast or one package of active yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups flour plus extra for the board
  • 4 tablespoons melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  1. Combine warm water, sugar, oil, and yeast in a large bowl of a mixer or a food processor. Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and salt and process until the dough forms a nice uniform ball. Place dough in a bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.

  2. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place. When the dough has doubled in size (this should take about an hour) place dough on a well-floured board and roll out the dough. Roll out dough into a large rectangle. Cut in half horizontally, and then cut vertical strips of dough about 1 1/2 inches thick.

  3. Roll the strips of dough into sticks. Place dough on a greased baking sheet, and allow them to rise until they have doubled in size (this should take about 45 minutes). You should get between 20 and 24 breadsticks from this recipe. Melt butter, and stir in Parmesan cheese and oregano.

  4. For best results rub the oregano between your fingers as you place it into the butter. This will help release the oils of the oregano and make it taste even better. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Just before baking breadsticks brush them with butter. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush any leftover butter topping on these just before serving.

 Prep Time 2 hours
 Cook Time 15 minutes
 Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

GOOEY MONSTER COOKIE RECIPE

 

These would make great cookies for a Halloween party. Plus the kids will love to help make these colorful cookies and have a blast adding the eyes. I look forward to making these soon!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar
  • food coloring I used NEON food coloring to make them more vibrant
  • candy eyeballs

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.

  2. Mix in the cake mix. Divide batter into bowls for the number of colors you want.

  3. Add food coloring to each individual bowl and mix until all combined.

  4. Chill for 30 minutes.

  5. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.

  6. Place on greased cookie sheet and pat down a bit.

  7. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

  8. Add candy eyeballs while cookies are still warm. ENJOY!

Banana Nut Bread

I am so excited, I found an awesome recipe to make banana nut bread! I’ve always heard it was hard to make so I’ve always been afraid to even look up a recipe. Lately I’ve been craving some banana nut bread and haven’t found anyone making any so I’m going to try one myself. The recipe I found looks simple and super yummy!

 

Unbelievably Moist Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS

2 cups sugar

1 cup soft margarine or butter, (two 1/2 cup sticks of butter)

5 eggs

2 cups flour

6 tbsp buttermilk, (reg milk will work too)

2 tsps baking soda

1-1/2 cups ripe bananas, about 4-5 small

1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Prep Time 10 min

Cook Time 1.5 hours

Moist Banana Bread

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix all ingredients together. Let mixture sit for 1 hour in the mixing bowl in room temperature. (Note: Due to banana size, the mixture may not all fit into one loaf pan; do not overflow your pan. Use two loaf pans for the extra batter)

Pour into greased loaf pan(s). Bake 60-65* minutes at 350 degrees. If using a bundt pan, bake for 50-60* minutes at 300 degrees. Ten minutes before final cooking time, check doneness with a toothpick. When toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the loaf, it is done or when the center of loaf is close to 195-200 degrees F. (Note: It’s okay to let the crust get very dark if cooked for longer, it is supposed to be and won’t hinder the taste).

Let stand until almost cool. Loosen bread from sides with a sharp knife and set