Craigo’s Breadsticks

Craigo's Breadsticks....omg, I need these in my life! From www.laurenslatest.com

If you went to college in the small town that I went to college in…and you’re as old as me {sigh} you will know exactly what these are and why the heck I’m posting about them.

Craigo’s was a pizza place in Rexburg, Idaho. The only non-restaurant-chain pizza place in town. With *the best* and I really do mean the best breadsticks. Cheesy, yeasty, salty, garlicy breadsticks.

Enter the freshman 15.

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After my freshman year, I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment with these two ladies–my two best friends Amy and Amy…into an apartment kitty corner to Craigo’s. {Side note: I look totally different now that I got married, had two babies and got fit :) Holla!! }

Sophomore 17? Nope, didn’t happen.

Why?

Because Craigo’s moved locations, became a bigger restaurant and changed it’s name to Pizza Pie Cafe.

Umm, how dare they. Did they not know I was coming?

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Deep down though, I’m suuuuper glad they made the switch because I kept the Sophomore 17 at bay {hallelujah} and Pizza Pie Cafe started serving pasta with the most delicious roasted red pepper pasta sauce and spicy sausage alfredo.

Oh, and turned into a BUFFET—>!!!!!!!!

My inner fat girl just screamed.

One problem though is they stopped making these breadsticks.  Like goodbye forever, they’re never coming back on the menu again.

Lucky for me, I’m well versed in the carbs and cheese arena. Maybe a little too well? Either way, I made a knock-off that thoroughly satisfied my craving. If you’ve never tried these which odds are you haven’t, you MUST make these today. They are soft, chewy, poofy, light and airy PLUS if you double the yeast {which is what I did for this recipe} then they’ll be ready to shove in your pie hole in no time at all.

Lets do this, yo:
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Start by getting two envelopes of quick rise yeast and stir them up with some warm water and sugar. I love this Platinum yeast because it’s like super fast acting. I lurrrrve it. If you have some time on your hands, just use one packet.

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Be sure you actually stir in the yeast to the water to dissolve. Set this aside to let it foam on up.

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Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, measure out 4 cups of all purpose flour with some salt. Stir this up with the dough hook to disperse the salt and leave it alone for now.

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Aha! Look at that yeast. It’s gotten all foamy. Pour this into the flour mixture and start stirring on low.

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Once the yeast starts getting incorporated, pour 1/4 cup melted butter into the dough mixture and let ‘er rip.
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7 minutes later, voila! Dough! It’ll be a little sticky, but that’s totally fine. Grease the bowl + dough generously and let it rise 30-45 minutes until it’s doubled in size. Because we used two packets of yeast, this is going to happen real quick.

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Poofy dough! Son of a gun.

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Roll this out into a big fat oval or soft edged rectangle and cut into 1/2 inch strips.

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Twist two pieces of dough together to create your breadsticks and place onto a baking sheet. I had to cut mine in half to make them fit width-wise. Also, don’t be afraid to shove them all into a pan. You want them to almost touch after they’ve risen. Let these rise another 30 minutes or so and then…..

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brush generously with more butter, sprinkle on some garlic salt and then a ton of cheeeeeeeeeeese! Mama mia.

Craigo's Breadsticks....omg, I need these in my life! From www.laurenslatest.com

After a few minutes in the oven, these should be hot and bubbly and ready to eat!!

Craigo's Breadsticks....omg, I need these in my life! From www.laurenslatest.com

Um, hello cheesy carby goodness. I luuuuurve you.

I dare you to make these today! It will make you want to go to college in Idaho….or something like that.

Enjoy, friends! Have a great day!

Craigo's Breadsticks

Yield: 20 breadsticks

Prep Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 envelopes quick rise yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons lawry's seasoning garlic salt
1 1/2 cups grated parmesan
1 cup grated mozzarella
1/2 cup grated cheddar

Directions:

Stir water, yeast and sugar together in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Set aside to foam up.

Meanwhile, melt the butter and measure out the flour and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir with the dough hook for a few seconds to disperse the salt into the flour. Pour in the foamy yeast mixture and start to incorporate. Drizzle in half of the melted butter. Scrape the sides if necessary and knead 7 minutes. Dough should be sticky. If it's dry, you've added too much flour, so add in a few sprinkles of water to get it to come together as a stickier dough. You're aiming to get the dough stuck to the bottom of the bowl. If you touch it with your fingers after 7 minutes, than maybe a small piece or two will stick. Grease the bowl and dough well with oil and let rise 30-45 minutes in a warm place until doubled in size.

Punch down dough and roll out to be 2 ft x 1 ft, approximately, on a floured board. Cut into 1/2-3/4 inch strips using a pizza cutter. Twist two strips together to create breadsticks and place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. You may have to cut them to fit on the baking sheet. Let rise another 30 minutes or so. They should be almost touching by now.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle remaining melted butter over breadsticks, sprinkle with garlic salt and cheeses and bake 8-10 minutes or until poofy, hot, bubbly and brown. Cool 3-5 minutes before tearing apart and snarfing down.

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41 Responses to “Craigo’s Breadsticks”

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    Katrina @ WVS — April 9, 2014 at 6:24 am

    These look so dang good!! So much cheesy goodness.

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    Ashley | Our Full Table — April 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

    OH MAN! I could easily eat this whole pan. These look amazing!

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    Sara — April 9, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Holy Moly..i just found you blog and it’s pure torture. I’m on a diet, girl! All those carbs and cheese everywhere..i feel like we’re food-sisters from different continents :) Keep up the good work. Kisses from Germany

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    Emily @ Life on Food — April 9, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Look at all of that cheese. I love every single inch of it. How can I make these appear the next time we have pizza!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh man Lauren bread is a weakness of mine and this looks so good.

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    Dominique — April 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Hi Lauren, I also attended Ricks College back in the day and loved Craigo’s breadsticks and was very disappointed when I went back for a visit and they didn’t make them anymore. I was curious though, I remember the breadsticks being sourdough. Maybe my memory is too old to remember correctly?

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — April 9, 2014 at 11:11 am

    ahhhhhh, this looks so fantastic!! so hungry now!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — April 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

    OMG, bread and cheesy goodness! I want!

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    TaLaisa — April 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I went to Ricks College. And man oh man were those great breadsticks. I feel old now, because they were still making them when I left with my degree in hand.

    I magically avoided freshman 15, even while being a culinary arts major. The only time I allowed myself Craigo’s breadsticks was AFTER I roller bladed from my apartment (across from the stadium) along the north side of campus, up up up to the watertower and then down between the Manwaring and the religion building lot (when there was a through street there) and back to home, twice. Sometimes for an ice cream at Hogi Yogi after the breadsticks, I’d go 4 times. Happy times! I had friends who lived next door to Craigo’s (in Arcadia) who said the smell of pizza and breadsticks made them hungry all.the.time.

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    Aimee @ Like Mother Like Daughter — April 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I never made it to Craigos when I was visiting friends at BYU-I, but I only heard good things about it. And with how good your breadsticks look I can tell why. I need these!

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    Jamie — April 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    You just made my day. I LOVE Craigos and LOVED their breadsticks and now often eat at Pizza Pie Cafe but I too am also sad they don’t make the breadsticks. Can’t wait to try these!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — April 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Simply gorgeous! Love everything you do with dough. Signed, the fellow dough lover. :)
    Have a beautiful day Lauren!

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    Kelsey — April 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This is so fun! I attended BYUI when Craigo’s was still around, and we loooooved their breadsticks. We recently moved back to finish my husband’s degree (long story) and were so sad to see that Craigo’s was no more. I’ll definitely give these a shot! And to the previous commenter, I don’t remember the breadsticks bring sourdough, but I remember them being slightly sweet, weren’t they ?

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    • Dominique — April 10th, 2014 @ 8:12 am

      I think the recipe changed over the years. I went to Ricks 20 years ago. I asked one of my old roommates about it and she said they were sourdough. I’m almost positive they were called Craigo’s sourdough breadsticks. They also didn’t have any cheddar on them, just mozzarella. They were amazing. I’m surprised they ever stopped making them.

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      • Jana — August 19th, 2014 @ 2:59 am

        The others are right. Craigo’s definitely used sourdough. These look yummy though.

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    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — April 10, 2014 at 5:06 am

    These look so dangerous!! Yum!!

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    Kristie Hernandez — April 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I went to BYU-I 10 years ago and I lived in the Royal Crest apartments. We would walk to Craigo’s to get calzones and breadsticks once a week. I had to limit myself because I probably could have eaten there every day. I was very disappointed when I came back to town to visit a few years later to see that they had moved. It was such a great location! And the pizza just did not taste the same. Looking forward to making these! They look delicious!

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    Jessica — April 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    When I went to Ricks we would go to Craigo’s JUST for the bread sticks. I never even tried their pizza :) Thanks for the good memory – can’t wait to try these out!

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    erica — April 12, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Whaaaaaat?! I was there in 1996 and have often thought about those breadsticks over the past couple of decades. I’d heard from a missionary that they’d moved and changed their name. So sad! Thanks for the recipe and flashback! I think I will make them tomorrow :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 14, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Oh my goodness. I would have died! And gained the freshman 50 on these things.

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    Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} — April 15, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Oh my goodness, these look delicious. I am a sucker for cheesy breadsticks!

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    Kristyn — April 17, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Looks SOOOO yummy! Thx for the recipe – pinned!

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    Chelsi Biehl — April 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I am making these right now and I can’t wait. My friends and I lived off of these bread sticks my first 2 years at BYU-I. I can’t wait to make them for my kids! Thanks for the recipe! I have been tempted to go to Pizza Pie Cafe, but now that I know they don’t have the bread sticks it is pretty much pointless!!!

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    Jennine — April 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I found this on Pinterest and immediately went to the kitchen to make them! Total hit at my house! These are fantastic!

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    Yvonny — April 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Hi Lauren I was just curious how many Tbs/tsp’s the packages of yeast are. Thanks!

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    • Kristen — July 6th, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

      I have the same question! I buy in bulk!

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    Heather — May 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I’m having a REAL problem with that “cool in pan” portion of the instructions.

    Burned my fingers more than once trying to sneak a taste.

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    Kelly — May 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Super glad there wasn’t a place like this near my college or I would have definitely gained the freshman 15! There is nothing better than carb loaded cheesy, garlicky breadsticks! Yum!!

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    Melanie — July 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    The guy that took over Craigo’s in 2003, is still the main owner of Pizza Pie Cafe. Had to change the name for legal reasons though once we expanded into Utah. We loved the breadsticks too, but if you can imagine, they were the most time-consuming menu item to prepare. Eventually, it just wasn’t cost-effective to make them anymore. :( I do have the original recipe though, so maybe I’ll have to roll up my sleeves and make some soon.

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    • Melanie — July 6th, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

      By the way, Lauren, I’ve seen some of your stuff on Pinterest and it looks like you have a wonderful blog and great photography! Keep up the good work!

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      • Jana — August 19th, 2014 @ 3:05 am

        Melanie, I was wondering the same. Do you mind sharing the recipe? I’ve seen a couple knock-offs online that were good, but it’s not the same.

    • Jana — July 8th, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

      Would it be possible to share the original recipe? With it not being made anymore and all? :)

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    Diane Kirby — July 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Just need to find the print button, they sound delicious and I will try for sure!

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    Jana — July 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I saw “Craigo’s” on my pinterest board and thought, no way…could it be?? Yes!! Good times were had there! I was fortunate enough to catch the final couple of years of Craigo’s existence. The apple beer on tap was a favorite too! My sister and her family live in IF and whenever I visit we always go to Pizza Pie Cafe (the bro-in-law can’t live without it and my nephew is a mini addict in the making), but I had no idea that it was related to Craigo’s. I’ll definitely need to make these!

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    Arleen — July 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Does it really need the “Yeast” ???

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    • Lauren — July 13th, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

      yes, it does!!

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    Lacey — July 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I went to Rocks college so I know exactly how delicious they’re bread sticks were!I am making these TODAY, THANKS!

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    Daisha — August 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I went to school in Rexburg when Craigo’s was right across the street from my apartment! Loved these bread sticks! I am sooo excited to try this recipe. Thanks!

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