Sweet Sticks were a long-time college favorite of my friends and I! These breadsticks are topped with melted mozzarella, garlic, and brown sugar for a salty-sweet combo that’s surprisingly irresistible!
Sweet sticks bring back some really good memories…sometimes hazy, but always good.
Sweet sticks were one of the staples of a night out in college. At my school, there was a pizza place on campus that would stay open until 2 a.m. on the weekends, but they would stop taking pizza orders an hour before closing.
Many nights, right before 1 a.m., you could find a group of us calling The Cellar to order a large sweet sticks – “EXTRA sweet!” before heading down there to destroy pizza as only intoxicated college students can. Now – I know how this looks. Garlic + brown sugar on cheesy bread? What the what??? And I’m telling you it’s historically drunk food?
Hear me out. This stuff is ridiculously good. The Cellar started making sweet sticks after they won some sort of student flavor competition, but that student totally stole the idea from The Rock, which is a pizza place in Washington. They have something called Brown Sugar Mozz Bread on their menu, and it’s essentially what I have here for you today: soft pizza dough, melty mozzarella, fresh garlic, and brown sugar.
Now, this recipe is perfect for game-day because it’s totally that kind of cheesy, shareable dish that tastes perfect with a playoff game and a beer. And since no one likes to wake up early on Sunday to start prepping food for the game, you’ll be happy to know that you definitely don’t need to do that for these sticks – the bread dough takes just 10 minutes (!!!) to rise.
I first tried Krusteaz flatbread mix way back when I was visiting their headquarters with the rest of the Baker’s Dozen in September. We all made lunch together using Krusteaz products, and my group was in charge of flatbread. We were all amazed by how super easy and delicious the dough was, and topping possibilities are endless.
A few weeks later, when my roommate and I had a pizza making night using the Italian Herb Flatbread Mix, we had to try making a rendition of sweet sticks – and they turned out so well, I had to make them again to share with you! Although the brown sugar sounds weird in theory, it really just creates these little pockets of sweet that somehow work so well with the garlic and cheese.
I like dipping the sticks in marinara, so that’s what I went for in the pics, but all my friends prefer eating them with ranch. However you serve them, they’re sure to be devoured. Enjoy!
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For the dough
- 1 package Krusteaz Italian Herb Flatbread Mix (or any pizza or flatbread dough that you prefer)
- 1 cup very warm water (115-125°F)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
For the topping
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- Heat oven to 475°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets.Stir together Krusteaz Italian Herb Flatbread Mix and yeast (enclosed). Add warm water and oil, stirring until dough forms a ball. To activate yeast, cover dough and let rest 10 minutes, or until oven is hot.
- Divide dough into two equal portions. With floured hands, pat out dough 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick, forming your desired shape on prepared pans.
- In a small sauté pan, heat the olive oil and minced garlic until the oil is hot and the garlic is fragrant and lightly toasted. Brush the garlic oil onto the prepared flatbread dough. Sprinkle each flatbread with mozzarella cheese and then top with brown sugar.
- Bake for 8-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Slice and serve with marinara sauce or ranch dressing.
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