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).


Pumpkin- Cranberry Breadsticks

Yield: About 32 bread sticks

Prep Time:40min + rising time

Cook Time:15 min


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.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

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.

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  • Joanne wrote:

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

  • Denise wrote:

    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

  • Joanne T Ferguson wrote:

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

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective wrote:

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

  • Des wrote:

    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. 🙂

  • amanda wrote:

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

  • Allison @ Life’s a Bowl wrote:

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

  • Silvia M. wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Ali @ Inspiralized wrote:

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

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie wrote:

    Yum! I would love this with turkey at Thanksgiving!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel wrote:

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

  • Ashley@BakerByNature wrote:

    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!

  • Jaclyn wrote:

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

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats wrote:

    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!

  • Kay wrote:

    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.

  • Tieghan wrote:

    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!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen wrote:

    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!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets wrote:

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

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks wrote:

    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!