Domino’s surprisingly has a few kinda healthy menu options. I love ordering a thin crust medium with light cheese, lots of veggies, and maybe a little ham. Domino’s garlic bread twists, on the other hand, aren’t all that macro friendly. Just take a look inside the box at the pool of butter around them and you’ll understand why.
This recipe makes a lower fat version that still packs all the buttery goodness and garlic parmesan flavors you get from the real deal. I’ll walk you through the recipe below, and you’ll find a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. If you’ve made any of my pizzas, these bread twists will be a walk in the park!
Step 1: Make the Bread Twists Dough
The ingredient lineup for these bread twists is almost the same as my air fryer cheese bread. The only difference is an added tablespoon of butter in in the dough and a slight reduction in Greek yogurt.
Like I mentioned in the cheese bread recipe, the cheddar powder is totally optional. My air fryer pizza and Ninja Foodi breakfast pizza recipes both work great without cheddar powder. It’s just an added bonus!
I used King Arthur Flour’s Vermont Cheddar Cheese Powder. I find the flavor to be the same as comparable products from Anthony’s Goods but like that there’s no added coloring. King Arthur Flour also makes a pizza dough seasoning I’ve yet to try.
Similar to my air fryer apple fritters, you want to avoid over mixing the dough as it could lead to flat, chewy bread twists. You can see in the photos above how I use a fork to start the dough and bring the rest together by hand. There should be some dry ingredients remaining when you start working the dough by hand.
You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook or food processor with a dough mixer, but the fork method is probably the easiest and most foolproof.
Can I use another type of flour?
For a gluten free option, readers frequently use 1:1 GF all purpose flour for recipes with dough like my Greek yogurt pizza dough and biscuits. They also use products like Kodiak Cakes and Carbquick, but I don’t have specific recommendations on amounts. Your best bet is to join my free Facebook group and check out all the posts from the 13,000+ awesome home cooks in the group!
Using other types of flour like almond or coconut can be tricky when it comes to dough you need to handle. You’ll likely have to experiment with the ratio of dry to wet ingredients a few times to get it just right.
Step 2: Assemble the Bread Twists
As you can see in the photos above, it doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty. I’ve included weights for each piece (43g) so you can have evenly sized pieces to braid together, but your bread twists should turn out just fine if you don’t take it that far.
Side note: If you’d rather shape your bread twists exactly like Domino’s, make small ribbon shapes with each strip instead of braiding them together.
You shouldn’t have any trouble handling the dough. If you do, you likely made a measurement error somewhere along the way. You can add a bit more flour, wet or spray your hands with cooking spray, or pop the dough in the freezer for a few minutes to make life easier.
Step 3: Brush with olive oil and air fry or bake.
I used a 6.5 quart Ninja Foodi for testing but also tested these bread twists in an oven. For the Foodi, 350ºF for 13-15 minutes does the trick. Different air fryers, especially air fryers of a different size, may require slight time/temp adjustments.
And for an oven, 375ºF for 30-35 minutes directly on a baking sheet worked well for me. You want them to be golden brown (see photo below) on the outside and cooked all the way through.
Side note: Using a quality olive oil makes a difference! I buy Frankie’s 457 EVOO on Amazon.
Step 4: Brush the cooked bread twists with melted butter, olive oil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and dried oregano.
As soon as the bread twists come out of the air fryer or oven, brush this mixture on and enjoy the mouth watering sizzle. Grate a bit of fresh parmesan over the top and you’re ready to go to town.
Pro tip #1: Garlic powder works great for this application but you could always crush a bit of fresh garlic like with my air fryer carrot fries. The residual heat from the bread twists will slightly cook the garlic, but you could always fry it in a pan with the olive oil and butter before brushing on.
Pro tip #2: Double the butter sauce and use half as a dipping sauce.
I also mixed a bit of marinara with the Trader Joe’s Calabrian chili pepper sauce like I used in my air fried cauliflower gnocchi for a second spicy dipping sauce.
These bread twists work great as a standalone appetizer or snack, but you could also serve them as a side to pasta dishes like my fettuccine bolognese, beef cannelloni, or Palmini low carb lasagna. Whatever you end up doing, I’d love to hear about it. Drop a photo in the Facebook group I mentioned or come back and leave a recipe review. Thanks in advance!
For the Bread Twists Dough
- 1 C (120g) All Purpose Flour
- 1 Tbsp (7g) Cheddar Powder* (optional)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp (14g) Light Butter**
- 1/2 C (113g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 Tbsp (8g) Olive Oil (brushed on top before cooking)
For Brushing the Cooked Bread Twists
- 1/2 Tbsp (8g) Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tbsp (7g) Light Butter**
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
- 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano (optional)
- 1 Tbsp (7g) Freshly Grated Parmesan
Making the Dough
- Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and optional cheddar powder together in a large bowl.
- Use a fork to cut the butter in until it's no longer visible. Add the Greek yogurt and use the fork to mix everything together until a crumbly dough begins to form. Don't over mix. Some dry ingredients should remain.
- Transfer the crumbly dough onto a flat surface and use your hands to form a ball of dough.
Assembling and Cooking the Bread Twists
- Portion the dough into 6 pieces, each weighing ~43 grams. Roll each piece between your palms or on the flat surface to make thin strips of dough about 8" long.
- Braid 2 strips together to make 3 bread twists. Place the bread twists in an air fryer basket or on a baking sheet. Brush the bread twists with a 1/2 tablespoon (8g) of olive oil.
- Air fry at 350ºF for 15 minutes or bake for 30-35 minutes at 375ºF.
- While the bread twists cook, microwave 1/2 Tbsp (7g) of light butter for 5 seconds before stirring in the remaining olive oil (8g), garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and oregano. Brush the butter sauce over the cooked bread twists and grate the parmesan over the top. Serve warm.
* I used King Arthur Flour Vermont Cheddar Powder. You can use other brands like Anthony's Goods or Hoosier Hill Farms, or you could try using grated parmesan in its place. Worst case—the recipe works fine without the cheddar powder.
** I used Land O' Lakes light butter with canola.
Nutrition Information Notes
- If you wanted to reduce the fat, you can use 2/3 C (150g) of Greek yogurt and omit the 1 Tbsp (14g) of butter in the bread twists dough like I did in my cinnamon sugar bread twists recipe.
- Each bread twist has 7 WW SmartPoints (blue plan).
- Nutrition facts do not include any dipping sauces.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Bread Twists Serving Size: 1 Bread Twist
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 10gCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 9g