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Oct 2, 2023

Breadstick Snakes

These breadstick snakes are an easy and tasty snack. Plus, they a fun way to fill your bread basket as a side for dinner.  

Breadstick Snakes on a black plate with dipping sauce.

Serve these breadsticks with a side of hot pizza sauce or marinara sauce on game day for a fun way to ring in fall. 

For a Halloween party, you could serve these with mini mummy hot dogs, mummy pizzas, and mummy cake pops for a scary good time!

They're also super easy to make, making them a fun cooking project for children on a rainy day. All you need is a tube of refrigerated pizza dough, a black olive, and some sesame seeds. 

While I love making breadsticks and pizza dough from scratch, sometimes ready-made dough comes in very handy, especially on weeknights or when you are preparing for a get together. 

In fact, I've used refrigerator or frozen dough for steamed buns, breakfast sandwiches, and pigs in a blanket with great results. 

How to Make These Breadstick Snakes:

I started with an 8-ounce "can" (the kind that pops open when you press the side) of refrigerated thin crust pizza dough. You can usually find it near the dairy section of your grocery store next to the biscuit, crescent roll, and ready-made pie crust dough. If you use a larger sized tube labeled for "regular" pizza, increase the number of breadstick snakes you make, about one breadstick per ounce of dough. 

The dough comes in a rolled up rectangle. Just unroll it and cut it, lengthwise, into eight equal strips and then form the strips into ropes with your hands and twist them around wooden chopsticks or skewers. You could also use metal straws. 

Flatten one end to make the head, and twist the other end into a point for the tail. Lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 

Breadstick Snake dough wrapped around a wooden skewer before baking.

Cut little triangles from a black olive and press them into the snake's head. I pushed them in with the blunt end of a wooden skewer so they wouldn't fall off while baking. 

Brush the snakes with olive oil and sprinkle them lightly with black and white sesame seeds. You could also use a combination of poppy seeds and white sesame seeds if you don't have any black sesame seeds. 

Bake the breadsticks for about 15 minutes, until lightly browned. 

Breadstick Snakes before baking wrapped around wooden skewers and decorated with sesame seeds.

You can assemble the breadstick snakes a couple of hours in advance and keep them in the refrigerator before baking if you like. The breadsticks are best served warm the day they are baked. 

To remove the skewer, with the bottom of the snake still on the baking sheet to hold it stationary, just gently twist the stick a bit both ways until it loosens, and then slide it right out of the coiled snake. Do this while the breadsticks are still warm but not too hot to handle, about three minutes after removing them from the oven. 

This recipe was adapted from Country Living Magazine. They also cut little "fangs" out of red bell peppers and inserted them in the "mouth" after baking. 

There is also a version on the Challenge Butter site where they use dried red peppers for the "fangs," which might be easier. They brushed the breadsticks with one of their flavored butters instead of olive oil. 

Breadstick Snakes on a white serving platter.

These breadsticks are so tasty and easy to make. If you're looking for something fun to make that is super easy and delicious, be sure to try these!

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Breadstick Snakes on a black plate with dipping sauce.

Breadstick Snakes

Breadstick Snakes
Yield: 8 breadsticks
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 16 MinTotal time: 36 Min
These breadstick snakes are an easy and tasty snack. Plus, they a fun way to fill your breadbasket as a side for dinner.


  • 1 8-ounce can refrigerated thin pizza dough
  • 1 pitted black olive, cut into small triangles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds


  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F with a rack in the middle and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll the pizza dough and cut it with a pizza wheel or sharp knife into eight equal strips, lengthwise. Form each piece into a rope by folding it over lengthwise, pinching the seam together.
  3. Coil the rope around a skewer, wooden unpainted chopstick, or a metal straw as pictured and place them on the baking sheet. Press one end down to form the head and roll the other end into a point to form the tail.
  4. Press two small olive pieces into each snake head.
  5. Brush the snakes with olive oil and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
  6. Bake the breadsticks for 12 to 18 minutes, until golden.
  7. Let cool enough to handle, remove the skewers, and serve.


If you use a larger sized tube labeled for "regular" pizza, increase the number of breadstick snakes you make, about one breadstick per ounce of dough. 

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

5 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

1 g

Carbs (grams)

14 g

Fiber (grams)

1 g

Net carbs

13 g

Sugar (grams)

2 g

Protein (grams)

3 g

Cholesterol (grams)

0 mg
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  1. I love their little twists and bends! Perfect snakes.

  2. My son would adore these snake breadsticks! Such a fun idea.

  3. Oh so cute! I think they will be so fun for a festive Fall meal too! Can't wait to give these a try


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