In the bowl of a stand mixer place the warm water and sugar, sprinkle the yeast over top then stir to combine. Allow the yeast to bloom for about five minutes before moving on to the next step. While waiting grease a large metal bowl with butter, or oil, to put the dough in to rise.
Once the yeast has bloomed add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the bowl of the stand mixer. With the hook attachment mix the ingredeints on low speed until everything is combined. Then let the dough knead for 5 minutes until it forms a ball that doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl. Remove the ball of dough and place it into the greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 - 1.5 hours (until doubled in size)
Once the dough has doubled in size punch it down and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Use your hands to press the dough into a long rectangle, about 12" x 5" in size. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 1" wide breadsticks, you should end up with 12 breadsticks total.
Place the breadstick onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and allow breadsticks to rest about 20-30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees so it is ready when the breadsticks have just started to puff up.
Place the breadsticks into the oven and bake for 15 minutes, turning the tray halfway through baking time.
While the breadsticks are cooking prepare the garlic butter for brushing over the top of the breadsitcks. Place the butter into a small bowl then melt it in the microwave. Add the salt, garlic and onion powder into the melted butter and stir to combine. Measure out 1/4 cup of the powdered parmesan to sprinkle on top of the finished breadsticks.
Once the breadsticks are fully baked, should just be starting to turn golden coloured, remove from the oven and palce the cookie pan onto a wired rack. Using a pastry brush genrously brush the tops of each breadstick until they've all been coated. Take the powdered parmesan and sprinkle the top of each breadstick until they've all been dusted. Sserve breadsticks while still warm with your favourite dip, or meal.