Heart Shaped Breadsticks

Heart Shaped Breadsticks are the perfect breadsticks for Valentine’s Day! They are soft, fluffy, heart shaped and perfect to go with any meal! Make these easy heart breadsticks to go with your favorite pasta dish, steaks, chicken, soup and more!

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How To Make the Breadstick Dough

Making your own homemade bread, breadsticks and rolls are so easy and so much better than anything store bought! This recipe is really easy to make the perfect heart shaped breadsticks that are full of love for your Valentine’s Day dinner.

heart shaped breadsticks on a serving platter

The easiest way to make the breadsticks is using a stand mixer. This makes it super easy and the mixer does the hard part of kneading the dough! You can use your hands, it will just need a bit more effort!

In your stand mixer, using your dough hook, you will add your sugar, warm water and instant yeast! (To find out about instant yeast go to my original breadstick recipe and read up on it!). I always like to make sure my yeast will work (even when I use instant yeast and this step is not necessary). I let it sit for a minute to make sure the mixture gets foamy and bubbly.

yeast is proofing in mixing bowl, foamy and bubbly with sugar and warm water

Next add your salt, and slowly start adding your flour. You may not need the entire amount of flour. Start by adding 2 cups. Let it mix in fully, and slowly add more until it is slightly tacky and pulls away from the mixing bowl. Once you have added enough flour, let the mixer knead the dough on medium speed for a few minutes. The dough should be smooth and soft.

Dough with perfect amount of flour, ready to raise

Rub the dough with a little bit of oil. I form my dough in to a big ball and rub the entire outside with oil. Place it back in the mixing bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it raise. It will need to raise for at least 45 minutes or until doubled in size. I like to preheat my oven (preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit) while it raises and put the covered bowl next to the hot oven to help it raise faster!

bread dough doubled in size after raising

Making the Heart Shaped Breadsticks

Making heart breadsticks is super easy. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Take each smaller portion of dough and roll it into a snake.

rolling dough into a long strip or "snake)

Then, bend the “dough snake” in to a “V” shape.

strip of breadstick dough in a "V" shape to make a heart

Fold over each end of the “dough snake” to make a heart.

Pinch the bottom point of the heart to make it more of a heart shaped breadstick.

bottom of the heart breadstick being pinched to make it a heart

Place each heart breadstick on a parchment paper covered baking sheet or a greased baking sheet.

heart shaped breadsticks on a parchmnent paper covered baking sheet ready to bake

Cover the heart breadsticks with your clean kitchen towel you used before. Let the breadsticks raise until doubled in size again, 30-40 minutes usually. (If your kitchen is warmer they may double in size faster).

raised heart shaped breadsticks on baking sheet

Baking the Breadsticks/Butter on Top

Your breadsticks will bake for about 10 minutes. Bake them until they are lightly browned on top.

I love to slather my heart breadsticks with my Garlic-Basil Parmesan Butter Spread. You can also just butter them up and sprinkle them with some garlic salt, garlic powder and even a bit of parmesan cheese.

What to eat with Valentine’s Day Breadsticks

These heart breadsticks are the perfect Valentine’s Day side dish. They go with anything! Try my Homemade Alfredo Sauce, Oven Baked Ranch Chicken, Cheesy Potato Soup, Homemade Pizza (you could also make heart shaped) or Oven Pot Roast!

heart shaped breadstick

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Heart Shaped Breadsticks

The perfect Heart Shaped Breadsticks for your Valentine's Day dinner!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword breads, heart, valentine’s day, yeast dough
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time For Dough to Raise (2 rises) 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 heart breadsticks

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water about 110 degrees
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2- 4 1/2 cups flour see notes
  • 1 tsp olive oil (any oil works) *for rubbing on your dough before raising

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add the warm water, sugar and yeast.  Wait for the mixture to get foamy, about 5 minutes.  
  • Add in the salt, and 2 cups of flour.  Mix with the dough hook,  adding in a little flour at a time until the dough starts to pull away from the side of the bowl and is slightly sticky.  Let the mixer knead the dough for about 3-5 minutes until soft and smooth. 
    If you are mixing it by hand, keep adding the flour until its slightly sticky but not sticking to the bowl too much.  Knead for about 5 minutes until the dough is soft and smooth.
  • Roll the dough into a big ball and rub the outside with your olive oil (or whatever oil you are using). Place the oiled dough back into the mixing bowl.
  • Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for about 45 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • While the breadstick dough is raising, line a baking sheet/jelly roll pan with parchment paper, a baking mat or grease your pan.   Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
    I use a half sheet pan that measures about 18×13 inches.
    *If you want to use my Garlic Basil Butter Parmesan Spread on top, you can make it while the breadsticks raise. See notes for recipe.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, on a lightly floured surface separate your dough into 12 equal pieces.  
  • Roll each piece into a long "dough snake". (about 8 to 10 inches give or take).
  • Take each "snake" and make it into a "V" shape. Then fold each end up and bend them over to each other to make a heart. Pinch the bottom to make the heart more pointed. (see photos above).
  • Place each heart breadstick on your parchment paper covered pan (or your baking mat or greased pan). Cover the breadsticks with your clean kitchen towel and let them raise again until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
  • When they have doubled in size, place them in your oven and let them bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on top. 
  • After they have baked and are taken out of the oven, brush them right away with the Garlic Basil Parmesan Butter spread  or you can just use plain butter and a sprinkle of garlic powder, garlic salt, and parmesan cheese on each breadstick.
    Enjoy!  These will store in a zip top bag and can be reheated by  wrapping them  in a moist paper towel and heating them in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Notes

  1. You will know you have added enough flour when the dough starts to pull away from the bowl but is still slightly sticky. You should be able to work with it without it covering your hands and you don’t have to scrape it off. You may need to use a little bit of flour to work with it and that is ok…that is the kind of sticky you want!
  2. Try my Garlic-Basil Parmesan Butter Spread on top of these breadsticks! Brush it on top right after they come out of the oven. 

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