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Celebrate National Breadstick Day with this recipe

These breadsticks are soft and easy to make.
These breadsticks are soft and easy to make.

National Breadstick Day is observed annually on the last Friday in October. This is a day to enjoy those tender, delicious, dunkable pieces of pure enjoyment.

They’re good for dipping in soup or melty hot cheese, wiping up that last bit of gravy or pasta sauce and slathering with butter.

Breadsticks come in many forms. They can be soft or crunchy, flavored with garlic, onion, salt or cheese. They can also be sweetened with cinnamon and sugar. However you like you breadsticks, today is the day to indulge.

Here’s a recipe to try from Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010.

Easy Italian Breadsticks

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 cup low-fat milk

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times.

Roll dough into a 14-by-10-inch rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise; cut each half widthwise into 1-inch strips. Place butter in a shallow bowl. Dip each strip into butter; twist two to three times.

Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with cheese and garlic salt. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: about 2 dozen.