When it comes to convenience and making sure your kids have a wholesome snack, cheese sticks can truly be a mom’s best friend. They have major kid appeal and when your little ones are on the go, cheese sticks are an easy to hold, protein-rich food (that won’t make a total mess!). Whenever my kids are hungry in between meals, they know where to go_ straight to the drawer in our fridge which I always keep stocked with a healthy supply of cheddar and mozzarella sticks.

My kids will also eat pizza pretty much any time of day, but it’s not exactly a food I want them running around the house with. I don’t know why, but one day I thought about marrying the convenience of cheese sticks with pizza — kind of a mess-free meal for active kids. The results were pretty popular with Kenya and Chloe. All I have to say these days is, “who wants a Cheesy Bread Stick,” and before I can even offer one to my kids it’s been grabbed out of my hand.

I wouldn’t say this is the healthiest recipe on weelicious, but I sure as heck don’t have to twist anyone’s arm to take a bite of the crusty pizza dough filled with oozing cheese. Sometimes that’s reason alone to make them!


Cheesy Bread Sticks

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Servings: 6
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound white or whole wheat pizza dough
  • 1 package mozzarella cheese sticks
  • pizza sauce


  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Shape dough into a rectangle, about 10 x 6 inches wide, and cut into 6 rectangular pieces just big enough to wrap around the cheese stick.
  • Take one cheese stick and place in the middle of the rectangle of dough. Fold the ends over the cheese, then fold over the sides, pinching as you go so the dough sticks together. Roll the dough to evenly shape into a cylinder.
  • Place sticks onto a parchment or greased foil lined baking sheet and bake 14-15 minutes.*
  • Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
  • * To spice this recipe up for parents, drizzle some olive oil on top of the cheese sticks followed by a sprinkling of some garlic powder, sesame seeds and/or salt before you bake.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 560mg | Fiber: 4g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. We had something like these when I was in Jr. High and everyone loved them. They always had to make extras and still ran out so you had to get in line fast. I haven’t found anything like them since. I have tried I thought I found some in the freezer section at Walmart but when I tried them the bread wasn’t soft and I was disappointed. Then I saw this recipe and got really excited! I have seen the comments below. I think I will actually freeze the cheese itself instead of the whole thing. Fingers crossed! 🙂

  2. try freezing the cheese sticks for an hour before making. they are still soft and gooey and ive never had a problem with them oozing out,also may not have enough dough wrapped around them. try 1/2 a roll fold ends up then continue rolling the cheese in dough. hope one of these helps

  3. OK – I just tried these and saw the other comment about using a lower heat setting before I put them in the oven. I baked them at 400 and in less than 10 minutes they were all oozing out. I really want this recipe to work, so I will probably try it again at 375… So bummed 🙁

  4. These might be good for sending in lunchboxes, too! I think I’ll see how well they work with my gluten-free pizza crust recipe.

  5. Loving this idea, just brilliant. It seems pretty healthy to me, especially if it’s whole wheat dough. I gotta feeling my husband would love these on a Saturday, too busy working around the house to stop, kinda day. Brava!

  6. When I pushed “like” on this. It posted it to my facebook page. Next to it there is a big frown face. So now my friends think I posted this saying I don’t like it. I hope you get what I am saying 😉 I just don’t want people to miss out on this great recipe.

  7. Cook at a lower temp. Mine did the same but I freezed a few and at a lower temp the did fine. But I do suggest letting them defrost before cooking because the bread dosnt poff when put straight in

  8. Just made these for lunch and all of the cheese melted out of the dough onto the parchment paper 🙁 The dough was hollow inside. Where did I go wrong?

  9. I swear you were reading my mind!
    I was just thinking how could I make some yummy cheesy bread! Thank you!

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  11. Genius! I’ve already seen ways of adapting them further for adults. Thanks for this recipe!

  12. omg im so excited!! ive been waiting for this recipe ever since u posted in your kids lunch a few weeks ago! perfect timing for pizza night friday!!! thank you!! =)

  13. A restaurant in the food court of the college I used to attend had these… (The restaurant was called Connie’s Pizza and they were called Bosco Sticks) but I never tried them. I love breadsticks and cheese so these would be awesome!

  14. This is a great idea! Simple for me to make, and I’m sure the kids will love it.

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