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Transform a simple baguette into Cheesy Garlic Bread with the best homemade garlic butter spread. This easy garlic cream cheese bread recipe lets you make a delicious and affordable side from scratch.

pieces of garlic bread on a beige plate

This homemade garlic bread is so good, so creamy, and soooooo garlicky. It is the kind of cheese bread that you’ll need to use your fork to defend the pieces on your plate from other family members.

Can I Make The Garlic Butter Spread Ahead of Time?

Yes! You can make the garlic bread spread and store it in the fridge for up to a week, or the freezer for three months. You can also use leftover garlic butter in these Fluffy Mashed Potatoes or Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes for an incredible flavor.

three photos for making cheesy garlic bread

Can I Freeze Cheesy Garlic Bread?

Absolutely! Maybe you got a great deal on bread or cream cheese or just want to have a few loaves ready to go? It’s totally freezeable; you got this. 

Put the garlic butter spread on the bread and place a piece of parchment between the two slices (to keep the cheese from sticking to the other slice upon thawing). Wrap tightly in foil without baking and place in a freezer bag.

Four slices of cheesy garlic bread before baking

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:

  • Make sure your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature or the cheese mixture won’t mix well and will be lumpy.
  • If raw garlic is a bit overwhelming for you, replace it with roasted garlic. Related: Air Fryer Roasted Garlic and Instant Pot Roasted Garlic.
  • Watch your bread closely while it is under the broiler. It can go from “amazing and toasty” to “burnt hockey puck” in a heartbeat.
  • No mixer? Microwave the cream cheese and butter for 10 seconds at a time until it is soft. Mix really well with a fork.
  • The flavor will be even more awesome if you refrigerate the garlic butter spread for a few hours. But if you don’t have time for that it’s ok to use it right away.
  • The finished bread is easier to cut if you have a pair of kitchen shears.

cheesy garlic bread and marinara sauce on a plate

What Goes With Garlic Cream Cheese Bread?

Besides more garlic bread, I recommend serving your bread with these recipes:

More Great Bread Recipes to Try

5 from 22 ratings

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
pieces of garlic bread on a beige plate
Easy cream cheese garlic bread makes delicious and affordable bread from scratch.


  • 1 baguette
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter {room temperature}
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese {room temperature}
  • 1/3 cup shredded or grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil {or 1 tsp dried}
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley {or 1 tsp dried}
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced {or 2 tsp garlic powder}


  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese, parmesan, and garlic and beat on medium until well combined.
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, 1/4 cup cream cheese, 1/3 cup shredded or grated Parmesan, 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Add the herbs, and beat on low until the herbs are distributed. If possible, refrigerate for 2 hours. 
    1 tbsp fresh basil, 1 tbsp fresh parsley, 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Slice the baguette in half, length-wise down the middle. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.
    1 baguette
  • (If refrigerated) Microwave the butter mix for about 15 seconds to soften. Using a silicone spatula, spread the mixture evenly on the baguettes.
  • Place under the broiler for 2 minutes (on high) or 3 minutes (on low), or until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbling.


Adapted from the LA Times.
Make sure your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature or the cheese mixture won't mix well and will be lumpy.
No mixer? Microwave the cream cheese and butter until soft and mix really well with a fork.


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 212mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 365IUVitamin C: 1.2mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. The LA times recipe is really similar to the Pioneer Woman’s garlic bread. I do like mayo, but a cup sounds like too much – maybe if you’ve got a big loaf? I just mix up a bit of mayo with shredded cheese and herbs. Then melt some butter in a cast iron skillet with some garlic and toast the bread in it. Then I spread the mayo-cheese mix on top and bake it. It doesn’t have a mayo flavor to it at all. My husband is not a fan of mayo, but he loves this garlic bread!

    1. I thought the same thing! Just don’t think about the mayo, but it gives it a good tanginess. I def don’t use a whole cup!

      I will have to try this version next time I make garlic bread. I like the thought of using cream cheese… it makes everything delicious!5 stars

  2. So I tried this last night. Well, I just bs’d the measurements and used dried herbs and…basically I needed to make garlic bread and took a really lazy approach to this awesome recipe. And it still turned out great! My husband has asked that I make garlic bread this way “from now until forever”. Thank you for sharing this!5 stars

    1. *Update* I made this yesterday – it was lunch (along with “key lime” pie made from Greek yogurt and cool whip) and we all loved it!! I added more Parmesan cheese, and used dried herbs. Yummy!! Thanks for posting this.5 stars

  3. This looks delish!

    Have you heard of Crack Pie? A co-worker made it once and wow- it was so rich but oh so good! Major sugar high, for sure!

  4. Ha…I both love and dislike you a bit for posting this. This will disappear in our house! Been making baguettes with the Reader’s Digest Homemade frend bread recipe and I just bought a baguette pan so they look as good as they taste. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  5. So much better without mayo!! I would have gotten a little sick reading that too but I greatly dislike mayo (and any substitutes). The bread looks amazing!

    1. I can tolerate a bit of mayo for tartar sauce, and a tiny bit in coleslaw, but that is about as much mayo as I desire in my life. An entire cup might send me over the edge.