Turn store-bought pizza dough into a spooky snack or side with this easy recipe for Cheesy Halloween Breadstick Bones, complete with marinara “blood” for dunking.
I can hardly wait for the month of October to roll around every year because it signals many a good thing in the world of food. First and foremost, football season is in full swing, so chicken wings, pizza pockets and my go-to gameday chili enter the regular weekly rotation. And second, it’s finally acceptable to share the creepy, crawly creations I’ve been dreaming up all year.
I realize we are still a few days shy of October 1, but I have so many Halloween-inspired treats to share this year that I couldn’t wait another week to break out the first recipe: Cheesy Halloween Breadstick Bones.
This recipe can be as homemade or as store-bought as your heart desires. Opt for my Ultimate Homemade Pizza Dough paired with 10-Minute Marinara Sauce, or use your favorite supermarket alternatives. Regardless of what route you go, the result is the easiest, cheesiest breadstick bones complete with marinara “blood” for dipping.
Not sufficiently creeped out yet? Don’t miss my Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops, Red Velvet Pudding with Meringue Bones, Halloween Candy Bark and more spooky favorites.
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- All-purpose flour, for dusting work surface
- 1 pound homemade or store-bought pizza dough
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Homemade or store-bought marinara sauce, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats. Lightly flour your work surface.
- Divide the dough into 10 equal balls. Roll each ball into an 8-inch rope slightly larger on the ends. Arrange five breadsticks on each baking sheet, spacing them at leas 2 inches apart. Using scissors, cut a 1-inch slit on the ends of each breadstick and gently stretch each of the cut pieces apart to form the ends of the bones.
- Brush the breadsticks with the melted butter then sprinkle on the grated Parmesan cheese. Bake the breadsticks for about 15 minutes then remove them from the oven and top them with the mozzarella cheese. Return the breadsticks to the oven for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove the breadsticks from the oven and serve them warm with marinara sauce for dipping.
- Pizza dough is easiest to roll at when it's at room temperature, rather than chilled.
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How long will these stay fresh? Say if made them a day ahead?
Hi Diana! These breadsticks will last up to a few days when stored at room temp in sealed plastic bags.
How can I make these ahead of time and freeze?
Hi Shelly – I’ve never tried freezing them so I’m not sure what the texture would be like once they’re defrosted. Definitely let me know if you give it a shot!
I made some. I got fatty bones haha! Still good.
I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, François!
I made these for my grandchildren and mine were also “fatty bones” lol. But they smell amazing. We’ll see what the grandchildren think
p.s I originally had these at 8 inch lengths, but they kept shrinking back, which why I think they turned out fat bones
I hope your grandchildren enjoy the breadstick bones, Karleene!
Everything looks amazing I cannot wait to try this stuff
Thanks so much, Faith! I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Would refrigerated Cresent roll or biscuit dough work for this as well?
Hi Natalie! I haven’t tried that so I can’t say with certainty what the results would be, but I think it *should* work!
Can these be frozen ahead and if so at what stage?
Hi Trish! I’ve never tried freezing them so I’m not sure what the texture would be like once they’re defrosted. Definitely let me know if you give it a shot!
Thank you for this recipe!!! I have a party coming up at work and these will be perfect!
You are so welcome, Christina!
I would make meringue bones but didn’t think to do breadsticks! I make pizza dough all the time so this is perfect for this year’s halloween party. Thanks! :)
You are so welcome – enjoy!
Oh, here comes my favourite holiday of all. I love Halloween so much, it’s all about creativity on this holiday. I already started to stash and try some recipes and this one looks really promising. The idea is really simple and I love that it looks quite safe to eat xD Not that the other recipes are not, it’s just most of them look packed with chemicals and this one is more natural, which is rare these days.
Agreed! Love Halloween :)
LOVE these! Not only are the perfect for a Halloween party but they look delish as well – pinned!