Walnut Breadsticks: the tasty recipe which doesn’t call for rising time

Total time: 35 Min
Difficulty: Medium
Serves: 3 people
By Cookist

Looking for a quick, starchy side that doesn’t take hours to make? Then look no further than these delicious walnut breadsticks. Walnut breadsticks are quite popular in Italian cooking. It’s something different than just a slice of bread and comes together quickly and easily.

It’s crunchy on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside. Thanks to the inclusion of walnuts, it’s packed with flavor. To make it you’ll need walnuts and a few pantry and fridge staples like flour, baking powder, olive oil, milk, sesame seeds, and salt. Simply mix the ingredients together to form a dough and bake. As easy as that.

It’s impressive enough to serve to guests, and delicious that they will be coming back for more!


Use walnut oil to amplify the nutty flavor of the breadsticks.

If you prefer, use whole-wheat flour. The breadsticks will be slightly nuttier and darker in color.

The sesame seeds are optional and can be replaced with freshly grated parmesan, black pepper, Everything Bagel Seasoning, or nigella seeds (onion seeds).

For a fruity twist, fold in small grapes or raisins together with the walnuts. You can also use other fruits like figs, cranberries, or apricots.

Serve the walnut breadsticks with a salad or serve with a cheeseboard. The walnut breadsticks go well with sharp cheeses.

Don’t feel like making your own dough? Use store-bought bread or pizza dough instead.

You can substitute the walnuts with other nuts like pecans, peanuts, or almonds.

Feel free to add chopped fresh herbs like basil, parsley, oregano, or thyme.

How To Store Walnut Breadsticks

Store leftover walnut breadsticks at room temperature for up to 2 days. Store in an airtight container or wrap tightly with plastic wrap.

Can You Freeze Walnut Breadsticks?

Yes, you can! To freeze the breadsticks, allow them to cool completely, then wrap them with plastic and freeze for up to 2 months. Re-crisp the in a low-medium oven for 10 minutes.

220 g (1 1/2 cups)
Baking powder
10 g (1 tbsp)
Olive oil
30 ml (2 tbsp)
150 ml (3/5 cup)
80 g (1/2 cup)
Sesame seeds

How To Make Walnut Breadsticks

Pour flour, salt, baking powder, milk, and oil into a mixing bowl and mix well.

Chop the walnuts finely, this will make the dough easier to work with. Fold in the walnuts.

Divide the dough into three parts and roll it into balls.

Roll out the dough loaves and arrange them on a baking tray.

Coat them with milk and sprinkle them with sesame seeds.

Bake at 400°F/200°C for 15-20 minutes. The baking time will depend on the thickness of the breadsticks. If you make them thinner, reduce the baking time. Thinner breadsticks will be crunchier. Cool the breadsticks on a cooling rack. This will prevent them from going soggy on the bottom due to steam. Serve and enjoy!


If you see the walnut breadsticks turning purple, don’t worry! It’s a natural chemical reaction that occurs between the iron in certain flours and the gallic acid found in walnut skins.

Every dish has a story
Find out more on Cookist social networks
api url views