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Pumpkin- Cranberry Breadsticks

I dreamed about breadsticks the other night.  I guess that officially dubs me as a “carboholic,” doesn’t it?  Breadsticks floated in my head as I slept… soft and tender breadsticks, breadsticks with rosemary and sea salt, Parmesan-crusted breadsticks dipped in marinara sauce, and then these breadsticks too… Pumpkin- Cranberry Breadsticks.  I know it sounds weird.  But I dream about recipes, and then I get up the next morning and make them.

Pumpkin- Cranberry Breadsticks

Sometimes my dreamy recipes are a total disaster.  I once made a strawberry cake 5 times before I decided that my dream was a nightmare (true story!)  But these breadsticks… were a very good idea indeed.

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Remember when I was sharing my dilemma in choosing a mixer color a few weeks back?  Well, I finally decided on PERSIMMON.  It’s a bright orange- perfect for fall.  Perfect for helping me with yeasted bread recipes where that dough hook can do all of the heavy work for me.  I also brought out my Gold Medal Better for Bread flour for this recipe.  I like to use bread flour for bread sticks since it gives them more of a chewy texture.

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Those people back in the old days who made bread… who gave it their all with their arms and their shoulders and their hands and kneaded it to perfection?  Yeah, I’m not sure I could have handled that.  If you ever have the opportunity to get a stand mixer with a dough hook, it’s wonderful… it does all of the work for you.  You can certainly make this recipe without one- but you’ll need to give it your all and knead it by hand.

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I chopped up some dried cranberries to add to my bread sticks (because that’s what my dream told me to do).

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To form the bread sticks, you just break off little chunks of the bread dough and roll them into logs that are twice as long as your fingers.  Then you’ll cover them and let them rise in a warm place.  My laundry-room-in-action is the perfect place for warm rising.  You probably have somewhere in your house that gets warm like that, right?

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After rising (they won’t puff up too terribly much), the sticks get brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with Kosher salt.

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They bake up to be a golden brown.  I dare you to taste one right here and there.  Be careful- you won’t be able to eat just one!

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I was very pleased with how my dreamy Pumpkin- Cranberry Breadsticks turned out.  They’re tender and chewy… soft on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside.  They’re perfect with Turkey-Pumpkin Chili… or soups or salads.  The recipe makes about 32- which is WAY TOO MUCH for my small family, so I wrapped the excess in foil and stuck them in the freezer for future needs.  They’ll defrost easily and warm up nicely (see the recipe for details).


Yield: About 32 bread sticks

Prep Time: 40min + rising time

Cook Time: 15 min

Pumpkin- Cranberry Breadsticks


3/4 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)
1 package (.25-ounce) instant dry or active dry yeast
1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups Gold Medal® Better for Bread Flour
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 stick (1/2 cup) melted salted butter
Kosher salt


1. In a glass cup, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water/yeast, pumpkin and honey. Mix to combine. Insert the dough hook and gradually add in 3 cups of the flour (scrape sides, as needed). Add the cranberries. Sprinkle in the remaining 1 cup of flour, and let the dough hook do the kneading for 4 to 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and shiny. Remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured board.

3. Line two baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper. Break off small pieces of the dough and roll into thin breadstick "logs" - 6 to 8-inches long. Place them on the baking sheet. You should end up with about 32 bread sticks. Cover the baking sheets with a clean dishtowel and place them in a warm place to rise (I use my laundry room, when laundry is in full swing). Let rise for 30 to 60 minutes, until the breadsticks have puffed up a little bit. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. After rising, brush each bread stick with butter and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly, then serve. Or wrap in foil to store in the freezer- to be served later. Let thaw at room temperature, then bake at 300 degrees F. for 5 minutes to warm up.


Disclosure:  This post was created in partnership with Gold Medal Flour, a product I’ve used and trusted in my kitchen for many years.  All opinions shared are my own.

41 Responses to “Pumpkin- Cranberry Breadsticks”

  1. postedOct 17, 2013 3:13 AM

    Lori they’re gorgeous! The cranberries, the melted butter brushing shot!!! (love that) and the salt sprinkled at the end…mmmm, wonderful. Pinned!

    I dream about recipes too. Or ponder them on long runs and then come in and make them!

  2. postedOct 17, 2013 4:24 AM

    I am totally going to be dreaming about these, all day long! I can only imagine how good they taste!

  3. postedOct 17, 2013 5:09 AM

    Ohmahgarsh! Lori, this is such a creative yeast bread recipe! LOVE this for fall and winter. I dream about recipes, too. Sometimes the creative process even keeps me up (insomnia). It’s a blessing and a curse, LOL! These are special breadsticks that simply must find their way onto our Thanksgiving table. Bravo, girl! Pinning!

  4. postedOct 17, 2013 5:51 AM

    Ha, I dream about recipe too, but then I normally forget them! Kind of a bummer!

    But these breadsticks look amazing! I love adding cranberries to breads! PLus, the melted butter and salt? Always a good thing!

  5. postedOct 17, 2013 6:22 AM

    I am SO making these! Love the combination of pumpkin and cranberries, especially in bread! Thanks, Lori! Nice choice on the mixer color, too. I love my Kitchenaid.

  6. postedOct 17, 2013 6:30 AM

    These bread sticks sounds and LOOK amazing! I love cranberries so much! The color of that mixer is gorgeous!
    Also, LOVE that you dream about what food to make, talk about un-efforted (is that a word??!) inspiration!

  7. postedOct 17, 2013 7:17 AM

    These look amazing! I love this combo with pumpkin and cranberries!

  8. postedOct 17, 2013 7:23 AM

    We totally have matching kitchen aids 😉 Although yours is a lot cleaner than mine!

    I love these breadsticks! So creative. And perfect for the thanksgiving table!

  9. postedOct 17, 2013 7:30 AM

    This is absolutely one of my favorite fall flavor combinations! I’d love a few of these 🙂

  10. postedOct 17, 2013 8:03 AM

    These are beautiful, Lori! I will be making these breadsticks for sure! Pinned!

  11. postedOct 17, 2013 8:10 AM

    Yum! I would love this with turkey at Thanksgiving!

  12. postedOct 17, 2013 9:32 AM

    You are so creative, I love not only how this looks but the flavors inside. Yum!

  13. postedOct 17, 2013 12:52 PM
    Silvia M.

    Could all-purpose flour be used instead of better for bread flour?

    • postedOct 17, 2013 1:09 PM

      I’m not sure you’ll get quite the same texture, but you can try!

  14. postedOct 17, 2013 12:59 PM

    These sound so good! I bet that they’d be great with Thanksgiving leftovers too… A bowl of turkey soup 🙂

  15. postedOct 17, 2013 2:56 PM

    Love it girl! I must make these soon! Love that you can freeze them!

  16. postedOct 17, 2013 3:03 PM

    haha I dream about food and wake up and want to make it too! I love this version of bread sticks. I hope you make the rosemary and sea salt version soon too. 🙂

  17. postedOct 17, 2013 3:19 PM

    Oh, my goodness!! These look wonderful, Lori! I would have to be very careful around these doughy sticks of comfort and delicious-ness! 🙂

  18. postedOct 17, 2013 6:04 PM

    G’day Lori! These look gorgeous, true!
    Great for holiday entertaining and enjoyed your photo too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  19. postedOct 17, 2013 6:12 PM

    Hello. A friend of mine told me about your blog and “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. I now have two favorites. Keep up the great work. Denise

  20. postedOct 17, 2013 7:17 PM

    I have the persimmon kitchen aid also!! Love it. Also, these breadsticks. Totally carbloading with these babies.

  21. postedOct 17, 2013 8:08 PM

    These look gorgeous, Lori! I want to reach in and grab a few. I’m pinning these for later — they are a must!

  22. postedOct 18, 2013 4:19 AM

    well, you are not really a carboholic if 32 breadsticks is too much 🙂 –but you just might be on the road to being one!

  23. postedOct 18, 2013 7:11 AM

    I’m TOTALLY a carboholic, too!!! These look SO good, Lori! And pumpkin!!! Bread + pumpkin = win!

  24. postedOct 18, 2013 8:10 AM

    Looove these! What an unexpected and fun treat to serve at a dinner party.

  25. postedOct 18, 2013 9:23 AM

    Keep dreaming up those recipes girl! These look fantastic!

  26. postedOct 19, 2013 2:35 PM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    I’m so going to make these to go with our spicy pumpkin chili! Love the salty sweet combo! Great recipe, Lori!

  27. postedOct 21, 2013 2:34 AM

    Can this be made as loaves?

    • postedOct 21, 2013 7:53 AM

      I have not made it as a loaf, but I would imagine it might work. Let me know if you test it out!

  28. postedOct 22, 2013 10:42 AM
    mary surchek

    I noticed that there is no salt in the dough itself, is that an error?

    • postedOct 22, 2013 9:44 PM

      There is not, but you can certainly add a generous pinch if you’d like.

  29. postedOct 22, 2013 2:54 PM
    Karen Rarey

    With both Pumpkin and Cranberry in the recipe, have you thought of using raw or course sugar instead of the Kosher salt, or are they not sweet enough for that. I was just thinking they might taste good with some type of sweet dip and used as a dessert treat – what do you think?

    • postedOct 22, 2013 9:41 PM

      It is definitely not a sweet roll kind of bread, so I’d stick with salt.

  30. postedOct 24, 2013 11:54 PM

    As a fellow carb lover, I’m totally drooling over these. What a great flavor combination!

  31. postedOct 26, 2013 6:43 PM

    Oh yum! This is definitely a winning combination 🙂 My husband will just love these!!

  32. postedNov 4, 2013 8:37 PM

    We made these for dinner tonight with a kale salad. They were so cute! They were also delicious and the ingredients were kind of festive. Thanks for the recipe.

  33. postedNov 20, 2013 8:59 AM

    Do you think that this recipe could be altered into making crescent rolls? I am thinking about using it as the dough for a crescent roll recipe for thanksgiving.

    • postedNov 20, 2013 10:20 AM

      Well, because they are breadsticks I’d say they might be a little too dense to create a soft and puffy crescent roll. But you’re in luck bc I’m posting a recipe for crescent rolls on my blog tomorrow!!

  34. postedDec 8, 2013 8:57 AM

    Just made these today, what a great recipe! Loved them.

  35. postedOct 27, 2015 5:10 AM

    made these with gluten free flour- they turned out good. the dough was very wet and i even added extra flour. I was hoping they would have been a little sweeter but they were not. Next time i might add a little sugar or brown sugar. They have a pretty orange color to them so they will be perfect for thanksgiving! 

  36. postedOct 30, 2015 8:29 PM

    i baked it and it was really really deliciouse!
    I made some changes in recipe by adding ginger and cinnamon to it and also adding a little salt, because we don’t have salted butter in our country and all butters are unsalted! and also i added sesame on top!

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