Cheesy Sticks aka The Bomb

Nicknamed “The Bomb” by those who have had them these Cheesy Sticks are perfect road trip, street walking and/or street fair munching type of food; excellent picnic or party fare served alongside the salads, and btw, we’ve found these to be an excellent trick of a treat for Halloween, as well.

I originally tasted a similar cheesy stick years ago at a tiny drive by neighborhood store. A few dozen were made per day, the customers were known to reserve orders and even drive out of their way to take a chance on buying what might be left!

The little store closed and needing my cheesy fix I was inspired to modify a favorite roll recipe; after testing my idea many times over I have found these to be a definite crowd pleaser however they are served.

Makes 8 cheesy sticks

  • 9 oz (or 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) Bread Flour
  • 1/4 cup more flour for kneading
  • 1 packet Rapid Rise yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Diastatic Malt Powder (or sugar)
  • 3 ozs. warm water (or 6 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons Egg Substitute


  1. In a workbowl with a dough hook, add bread flour, yeast, salt and malt powder, mix together.
  2. In a 2 cup measure with spout, add water, oil and the egg substitute. With the machine turned on, drizzle in the water mixture. Process until a ball forms and pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  3. Using the last 1/4 cup flour (for kneading), turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  4. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic – 6-8 minutes total.
  5. Cover and let dough rise until nearly double in size – about and hour.


  • 1-1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella (whole milk is best for this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup microplane grated Pecorino
  • NOTE: Grana Padano or a mixture is great too
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra egg substitute to help adhere cheese to the sticks
  • Non-stick Butter spray


  1. Mix the cheeses together in a bowl – set aside.
  2. On a cookie sheet with sides, pour 2-3 tablespoons egg substitute, add one cup of the cheese mixture and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  4. Punch dough down after is has doubled in size. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  5. Spray a flat cookie sheet with butter spray – set aside.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
  7. On a floured surface, roll each piece into an 8-10 inch long rope.
  8. Place the rolled dough onto the extra egg substitute/cheese mixture and coat.
  9. Transfer the sticks to the flat, sprayed cookie sheet.
  10. Coat the top of each piece with the remaining cheese, and gather it around the edges.
  11. Lightly spray the cheese sticks with butter spray, cover with plastic wrap.
  12. Let rise 45 minutes.
  13. Bake 11-to 12 minutes – or until golden.
  14. Take out of the oven and lightly spray eash stick with butter spray again.
  15. Place on a cooling rack ASAP – to stop any sticking to the pan.

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