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Pull Apart Cheese Bread

June 10, 2024

Pale green speckles of green onion and parsley brighten molten rivers of garlicky cheddar and mozzarella cheese that’s been melted over a loaf of bread in this easy pull-apart cheese bread recipe.


cheesy pull apart cheese bread topped with green onions  on a cutting board

Garlic Cheese Bread—All The Best Things in One Easy Appetizer.

Pull-apart bread is basically warm, cheesy garlic bread that’s cut into perfectly pluckable little cubes so that you can eat it with your hands. Stuffed cheesy bread like this makes a killer appetizer for just about any party—the shape of the loaf makes it feel extra perfect for football season—and it also doubles as a jazzed up side dish for simple suppers. Serving this pull-apart cheese bread along with a big bowl of chicken noodle soup, or award-winning chili takes your soup or stew dinner from almost-spartan to downright indulgent.

pull apart cheese bread on a sheet pan topped with green onions

Wait—Is It Cheesy Garlic Bread? Or Garlicky Cheese Bread?

Well, our pull-apart bread recipe has all of the things! So, it’s hard to know exactly what to call it. Flavored with garlic and butter, it’s true that our pull-apart bread recipe is kind of garlic bread-adjacent, but with lots and lots of (Tillamook, of course) cheese. Here are all of the magical things that flavor our loaf of Tillamook pull-apart cheese bread:

  • Cheese! Our cheesy bread gets its warm melty ooze from a combination of mozzarella—the best melter, ever—and cheddar, which we add for a nice hit of sharp, aged-cheese flavor. We love Tillamook Farmstyle Thick Cut Shredded Cheese because they’re the perfect size—not too thin, not too thick—for melting.
  • Butter! Use salted butter—it’s bread and cheese, salt just makes it all the better.
  • Garlic & onion powder. We love garlic and onion powder—the fine powders blend seamlessly and completely into the melted butter in a way that fresh garlic or onion just can’t compete with.
  • Herbs! Thin circlets of green onion and some minced fresh parsley add a touch of green to brighten the pull-apart bread and to echo the flavors of the garlic and onion powder that we’ve stirred into the melted butter.
ingredients for tillamook pull apart cheese bread
country loaf of bread on a baking sheet sliced into cubes
hands brushing garlic butter into sliced crusty bread
crusty bread loaf sliced on a sheet pan stuffed with triple cheddar cheese shreds
crusty bread filled with cheese and for garlic pull apart bread wrapped in foil on a baking sheet
baked pull apart on a sheet pan

Make the Best Cheesy Bread on Earth, in 4 Easy Steps.

You’re never more than an hour away from digging into a loaf of cheesy pull-apart bread. Isn’t that a comforting thought?

  1. Slice the bread. Cutting a grid into the top of a loaf of crusty bread might look like a lot of work, but it’s really easy to do. Just be careful not to cut all the way through to the bottom of the loaf. You want cubes of bread—about one-inch tall—that are still attached to the bread base, with just enough space between the cubes to cram a good amount of cheese, herbs and garlicky melted butter.
  2. Melt butter. Melt your salted Tillamook butter together with the garlic powder and onion powder, and stir as it melts to make sure that the powders are evenly distributed in the butter. Then, use a pastry brush to brush your onion-garlic butter into every last nook and cranny of your sliced bread.
  3. Cheese-stuffing! Now, stuff the Tillamook sharp cheddar and mozzarella shreds and herbs into those freshly buttered crannies.
  4. Pop it in the oven! Give it 30 minutes wrapped in foil, so the cheese can get really melty. Then, bake it for 15 more minutes unwrapped, to let the bread get a little bit crusty and let the cheeses get bubbly.
  5. Voila! Melty, toasty, garlicky pull-apart cheese bread!
hand pulling piece of bread out cheese pull apart bread
pull apart cheese bread on a silver baking sheet with Tillamook Cheese shreds

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pull apart cheese bread on a cutting board with fresh green onions

You Might Want to Print Out A Few Extra Copies of this Cheese Bread Recipe.

We’re just going to warn you now—everyone who tastes this cheesy pull-apart bread will want the recipe. Or, they’ll just ask you to make it for them again basically every time you invite them over. Sorry? You’re welcome? Both? Anyway, if you make this Tillamook cheese bread, let us know how it turned out! Snap a photo, and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

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Pull Apart Cheese Bread

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  45 min
  • Calories: 240



  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut the bread loaf in a 1-inch grid pattern without slicing all the way through and place it on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan along with the onion and garlic powder. Using a pastry brush, brush the butter into all of the cracks taking care to brush the sides of the bread. Sprinkle the white and light green parts of the green onion along with the cheese into the cracks.
  4. Bake the loaf covered with foil for 30 mins. Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with remaining green onions and fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories240
  • Protein4 g
  • Carbohydrates8 g
  • Total Fat19 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol54 mg
  • sodium336 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Pull Apart Cheese Bread

Questions & Reviews

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  • Jan

    I’m not sure how to actually serve it? Just let people pull it apart with their hands?

    Yep! you can cut it if you'd like but we just do the pull method!

  • Peggy

    Is it possible to make this in advance to take to a gathering later in the day? Thanks.

    It probably won't be the best making it advance. We recommend serving it right when you make it.

  • Jenn

    Yum! So delicious!

    Thanks Jenn!

  • tamara

    it was sooooooo good thank you