Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls

Okay, so have you ever just had those moments of epiphany, when you’re just sitting there and some perfectly-formed idea pops into your brain? For days, I had been mulling things over–French bread dough…garlic butter…cheese–but I just could NOT figure out the logistics of it all. And then one day, it just came to me and I couldn’t make them fast enough. And they were even better than I imagined.

Don’t get me wrong, this is no health snack–I mean, we’re talking butter AND cheese here (my dietitian friend Emily should probably just avert her eyes now). But oh. My. Gosh. these are so good. And one perk is that one is pretty much enough, so all you have to do is find enough people to help you eat them so you don’t have any leftovers and it’s not TOO bad of a nutritional train wreck!

Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls
Recipe by Our Best Bites

French Bread Dough:
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
4-5 1/2 c. flour
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg yolk

Garlic Butter:
1/2 c. (1 stick) of real butter, no substitutions
1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic bread seasoning

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Combine yeast, water, and sugar in large mixing bowl and allow to stand 10 minutes or until bubbly. Add salt, vegetable oil, and egg yolk (set white aside for later) and combine. Add 3 c. flour and mix well until combined. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough that barely sticks to your finger. Knead, either by hand or in mixer (my personal and very lazy choice) for another 2-3 minutes. Cover and allow to rise 1 hour.

While dough is rising, combine butter and garlic bread seasoning. Set aside.

Now…here’s a little trick I’ve been using a lot lately. I really, really hate cleaning up flour on my work surface after I’ve been working with dough, but I obviously have to use SOMETHING to keep it from sticking. If you spray a little non-stick cooking spray on your work surface and your rolling pin, your dough won’t stick and clean-up is super easy!

Anyway, roll your rough into a rectangle that’s about 18-20 inches by 6 inches. Smear garlic butter over the entire surface of the dough and then sprinkle with cheese.

Roll up jelly-roll style and then use dental floss to cut into 12 equal slices. Of course, I kind of forgot to take pictures of this whole process, but if what I’m saying makes no sense, check out the orange roll recipe to see what I’m talking about. Place each slice in a muffin tin. Cover with a clean cloth. Preheat oven to 350 and allow rolls to rise while the oven is heating.

When the oven is ready, bake for 18-22 minutes.

You’re going to need to keep a CLOSE eye on these puppies during the last 10 minutes or so–once you notice the cheese getting brown, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the rolls (you don’t need to press it down or anything, just lay it on top). This will keep the cheese from burning, although it will get pretty brown on top. It’s okay, though, because the insides are still all ooey-gooey.

Pull these out of the oven and eat ’em up ASAP! If you want to try and counteract the butter/cheese/white flour combo, pair these up with Italian Turkey Soup or dip ’em in some luscious, veggie-filled pasta sauce.


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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Just thought I would let you know your site is loved all the way over her in Maryland. I share it with all my friends. This recipe has given me many oos and ahs so thanks for making me look good. I would love to see what you could do with wheat flour or even wheat/white combos. Any favorite recipes to share in that area?

  2. What's the cold water for? I'm not seeing that in the directions . . . but sometimes I can be an idiot!

  3. Oh, you don't need the egg white! 🙂 Just toss it down the drain or make a teeny-tiny omelet! 🙂 I'll make that more clear in the instructions.

  4. i'm in the process of making these right now, but can't find where in the instructions to add the egg white?? what am i missing?
    please help 🙂


  5. WOW-these sound amazing! I am in love with that picture of the stringy cheese…now I'm craving all kinds of bad-for-me things…

  6. We made these and they were amaaaazing-no surprise! Thanks lady-Katy (does anyone ever call you that? Cuz I do all the time in my head, lol)

  7. These look absolutely incredible! Sooooo very excited to try this one. Everything I've tried from you ladies so far has been AmAzInG! Thanks so much!

  8. My family gobbled these right up, a huge hit. I felt like the rolls were pretty large (mine came out of the muffin pan by more than an inch before rising and baking) and if I make them again I might try to make the dough skinnier and cook them in the mini muffin pan instead, or just cut them a little bit thinner and cook them either in 2 muffin pans or in a regular baking dish.

    One last thing, these are quite rich, being the large size they were no one could eat more than one, and trust me that is VERY out of character for my family. One roll per person is more than enough!

  9. Oh my! Those look so good! And I think even Emily will be tempted by them! lol

  10. I "used" to do that with my breadsticks too. Just put butter and cheese on the insides like your French Roll-Up thingies. Man I miss gluten.

  11. These look so great. I would love to serve these to friends at a dinner instead of regular French bread.

  12. Seriously, I just happen upon the blog, and now I think I'm in love! This is WONDERFUL and I can't wait to try these.

  13. Oh. My. Goodness. Kate you are amazing. Of course… why not combine the two most delicious things to eat- cinnamon rolls and garlic cheese bread. I think I will have to make these for Sunday dinner with a side of healthy veggies.

  14. Oh yum!

    These look awesome! French bread, Garlic, cheese and butter….you can't go wrong!

  15. Ooooh, the pain of being tempted by such delicious recipes. You guys re NOT good for ym diet. umm, how many ww points do you think these would be?? 12 pts for chocolate zuccini bread and 12 more for garlic rolls. Worth it.

  16. Oh my goodness! You had me hooked by the picture where you were pulling it apart. YUMMM! I'm such a sucker for garlic bread, in any variety. Love it!

  17. Oh my! Now I'm not sure which to make first… the chocolate zucchini bread (got a large zucchini from a co-worker that will be perfect) or these! Maybe I can make the zucchini bread WHILE the bread dough for this garlic cheesy bread goodness of a recipe is rising. Mmm… I see lots of baking in my near future! 🙂

  18. Dangerous, dangerous recipe. I am pretty much in love with anything bread and garlic so within seconds of opening your blog and seeing the picture I'd copied and printed the recipe!
    I can't wait to try it!! Thank you.
    If they taste half as good as they look I'll be one happy eater. lol

  19. Beautiful! I think my husband would absolutely love these… I will have to make them for him sometime soon. Adding to my "must bake" list!