Cheesy Garlic Bread Dunkers + Video

Pardon my grammar, but it don’t get no better than buttery, garlicky bread covered in gooey cheese. That kind of food is out to steal your heart. Often times, you’ll pop into your favorite pizza place with the full intention of eating pizza, only to see cheesy garlic bread on the menu and wind up eating a gazillion slices of that. Then the pizza comes and you’re like, “Oh right…pizza.”

I’ve got good news for you: it is crazy easy to indulge in delicious cheesy garlic bread at home. In fact, my Cheesy Garlic Bread Dunkers need only 5 ingredients. They come together in minutes, and they taste just like the ones from the pizzeria.

Actually, that’s a lie. Mine taste way better. There’s no skimping on toppings or using poor-quality ingredients here. I’ve got these babies covered in garlic, 2 kinds of cheese, and butter. The bread is crusty and buttery; the cheese is perfectly stringy. Restaurants just can’t compare.

These dunkers are so much fun to eat. They’re sliced into perfectly sized strips so you can dunk ’em in marinara sauce. It’s like a cheesy-pizza-garlic bread party, and you do not want to pass up this invite.

You probably have most of the ingredients on hand right now! Don’t wait a second longer. It’s time to get dunking!

A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:

  1. See just how quick and easy this bread is to make in my video above. My furry friend Reese joins us in the kitchen today to do some taste-testing. Even she loves this stuff!
  2. Don’t like oregano? Try parsley or basil instead.
  3. I found my pizza crust in the refrigerated section of my grocery store. It’s made by a local pizza company, Spano’s. You want to find something similar, which I’m sure your grocery store will have as well. The crust should be thick and fluffy, like all good garlic bread is. If all else fails, gets some good focaccia or another thick bread.
  4. Store bought marinara sauce is just fine for dipping. But feel free to make some homemade if you like!
  5. You can use all mozzarella instead of the mozzarella-cheddar mix.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Dunkers
By The Smart Cookie Cook


  • 1 thick rectangular pizza crust, store-bought or homemade (if you can’t find this, use store-bought dough and roll it thick, or you can use focaccia)
  • 3/4 stick of butter (6 tablespoons), melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • marinara sauce, for dunking


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the crust on a baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes, or until hot and set but not yet browned.
  2. Remove the crust from the oven, but leave the oven on. Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the butter over the crust. Do the same with the garlic. Sprinkle cheese evenly over top and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
  3. Top with fresh oregano and cut into sticks. Serve with marinara sauce.

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Colleen Bierstine


  1. Goodness gracious, you know I love anything cheesy…I may have to pick up some pizza dough and make these to go with my gnudi and marinara instead of regular garlic bread! Ok, I will definitely me doing this tonight..I talked myself into it.

  2. Ha-your photo does convey the truth. Your dunkers are much better than the pizza places. Also, I know when it comes to food you do not skimp, so no doubt know there is plenty of cheesy goodness on top of this garlic bread! I can always count on you to make something that already exists even better. Those pizza places need to start consulting you! Happy Monday.

  3. Gosh, that looks scrumptious! I once made my own garlic bread using homemade French bread, and it was a great success! Have you ever tried making bread?

    • The store-bought crust I used yielded a texture that was crusty on the outside and fluffy inside. It depends on what crust/dough you use, but it should be thicker and chewier w/ a crunchy crust.

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