Brown Sugar Garlic Mozzarella Breadsticks

Brown sugar on cheesy bread sticks sounds strange, but it's a sublime combo you'll whip up again & again. Plus, only five ingredients and 20 minutes to make!

Total Time: Approx. 16 breadsticks

I totally know it sounds weird.

Garlic, olive oil, mozzarella, and, yes. Brown sugar. On breadsticks. With garlic and cheese.

Brown sugar garlic mozzarella bread sticks | Kitchen Treaty

I totally know. But you’ve gotta trust me on this one.

Actually, first trust a local pizza chain ’round these parts called The Rock. Their schtick is classic rock ‘n’ roll, wood-fired pizza, some pretty great craft beer, too. They also make these super cheesy, deliciously greasy, oh-so-wrong-but-oh-so-right brown sugar garlic bread sticks that are so, so sinfully good.

It’s kind of one of those shrugger menu items. You think, huh. That’s just so weird it just might work. It’ll either be amazing or disgusting. Let’s give it a whirl, you say with a shrug.

Yeah, they’re amazing.

So naturally, I had to work on duplicating them at home.

Brown sugar garlic mozzarella bread sticks | Kitchen Treaty

It took a couple of tries, and ultimately, I didn’t end up with an exact copycat of The Rock’s recipe, but it’s pretty darn close. My version is less greasy and a bit less of a cheese overload, but the flavor is there. Oh, is it there.

Glazed garlicky goodness on a cheese-covered, chewy pizza crust.

These are a yes. Just shrug with me and give it a go. You’ll be glad you did.

Brown sugar garlic mozzarella bread sticks | Kitchen Treaty

I like my very favorite pizza crust for grilling for this one (the dough works great in the oven, too) :: I’m also a fan of the ready-made dough that you find in the refrigerated section at Trader Joe’s for a super quick and easy homemade pizza solution (plus, it’s only $1.29!) :: Another relatively fast option for quick pizza dough is this wonderful One-Hour Rosemary Beer Pizza Dough from The Beeroness. We tried this recipe a few days ago and adored it, but if I was using it for these bread sticks, I’d leave out the fresh rosemary.

Brown Sugar Garlic Mozzarella Breadsticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: Approx. 16 breadsticks

Brown sugar on cheesy bread sticks sounds strange, but it's a sublime combo you'll whip up again & again. Plus, only five ingredients and 20 minutes to make!


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (about 4 medium cloves)
  • 1 pound pizza crust dough (16 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar (dark, light or golden all work)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and garlic.
  3. Brush a cookie sheet with a little of the olive oil and garlic mixture.
  4. Flatten/stretch pizza dough into an approximately 12-inch by 16-inch rectangle and lay carefully on the cookie sheet.
  5. With a pastry brush, brush the remaining garlic and olive oil mixture onto the crust.
  6. Top evenly with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the cheese.
  8. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes and then cut into bread stick shapes with a pizza cutter.

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

16 Responses to “Brown Sugar Garlic Mozzarella Breadsticks”

  1. Mmm, I love these at The Rock! My school’s pizza place has a copy cat version of them called Sweet Sticks that are amazing as well. Love these!! Definitely need to give your at-home version a try.

  2. Definitely had these at a barbecue restaurant in Yakima, WA. They used butter instead of olive oil and they were TO. DIE. FOR. I keep meaning to recreate and keep forgetting, yum yum yum. Now I have a recipe to refer to for some perfect ones! Love your blog, so glad I found you guys (I’m almost 100% veg, and husband is omnivore)!

  3. Before I started reading your post, I thought to myself, “That’s so crazy, it just might work.” And look, you thought the same thing! 🙂 These look super yummy, though.

    I’m forever trying to remake crazy restaurant menu items too. Restaurants are good for inspiration!

  4. WOW! These look to die for. I am loving the unique addition of brown sugar. This totally has a sweet and savory thing going on :).

  5. Oh my woooord this looks incredible! I sometimes put a bit of sugar in to speed up caramelised onions, so why not on garlic… and cheese… and bread? Ha, must pin this to try!

  6. I’m so glad you liked my recipe! I always get a little worried when other bloggers make my recipes, I’m so glad it worked for you. I still like the 2 day recipe better, but for 1 hour, it’s pretty good.
    I love the idea of brown sugar on these! I always tell people that brown sugar is a secret weapon in savory dishes, just a pinch in batters or sauces gives a new level.
    I love this!

  7. I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at Over at we are not photography expert snobs, we are just foodies, so pretty much all your pictures will get accepted.

  8. This does sound like a crazy recipe. But you’re right, the crazier they sound, the more delicious they usually are! Might have to try this for our friday night pizza dinner!

  9. Just pulled this outta the oven and OH.MY.GAWWWHH!!

    Oh so good! Well def. be making this again 🙂

  10. Julia | Reply

    I don’t think adding brown sugar is weird at all! In addition to flavor, it also caramelizes beautifully on top of cheese! These cheese sticks definitely make a great snack/appetizer.

  11. Your food photos are amazing. You can share your mouth watering photos with us at and your photos published on FoodieNewz without any editorial review.

  12. I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it last Saturday for friends and it turned out perfectly. I’ll never buy garlic bread again! I wrote about it on my blog:

  13. They look so yummy. I could not wait to try it. Thank you, Karen!

  14. I made these again today. I make these quite often – sans the garlic. I never use garlic, I’m not a fan. Nevertheless, I make these once a week, they are scrumptious. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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