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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:

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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. I want to make this spread ahead of time on Friday night for it to be served on a Sunday evening. Is it okay for it sit in the fridge for that long???

    1. Not only is ok, but it will actually make it taste even better. How great is that?

      You can also freeze it on the bread if you’d like.

  2. I was doing fine with this till I got the ‘broiler’ instruction! I’m useless at watching stuff under the grill (as we call it!)!

    I love the IP and the George Forman grill as they don’t need watching, they’re just on a timer and switch off!

    1. The trick to using a broiler successfully is to keep the door cracked open and then just stand there and look at it. Don’t get distracted or leave the space. You only need 3 minutes top of this recipe, so you can do it!!!

  3. I didn’t realize having a pair of kitchen shears would make slicing with a serrated knife easier. I will have to be more aware of my spatial relationship with kitchen shears when I’m slicing bread. 😉5 stars

  4. Shut the hell up, I want this bread riiiiight now. I tried making cheesy garlic bread last week and it turned out just meh. Not nearly cheesy enough! Now I know what I need to do 5 stars

  5. We’ve changed the name at our house to “Wicked Stinky” in a good way. We use to Make garlic bread and add to pasta for a quick dinner. I’ve shared the recipe with friends who love it as well. Keep up the good work.