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Parmesan Bread Bites

These parmesan bread bites are made from my favorite pizza dough recipe and are topped with a garlic-herb butter and finished with a generous shower of parmesan cheese. Buttery, garlicky and addictive garlic bites are inspired by Dominos parmesan bites and delicious plain or served with marinara sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Resting time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dominos parmesan bites, garlic bites, garlic bread bites, parmesan bites, parmesan bread bites
Author: Maria Doss


Garlic Butter

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic ( or use 1 teaspoon garlic salt)
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley or use 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Additional ingredients

  • 4 to 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • marinara sauce for dipping


  • Using a pastry brush, grease a large sheet pan with olive oil or use a generous coating of non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Make pizza dough as per instructions . After the first rise, gently punch dough down (trying not to deflate completely) and transfer onto the kitchen counter or work surface.
    Using a sharp knife, cut into approximately 1-inch bite size pieces. Transfer cut dough to the prepared baking sheet, placing them in a single layer and spacing about 1 inch apart. Wrap baking sheet with a clean kitchen towel and place in the warmest part of your kitchen for about 30 minutes.
  • In the mean time, make garlic butter and pre heat oven to 400° F.
  • Unwrap kitchen towel, brush garlic butter on top of all the dough bites ( we will be using the remaining butter later).
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the tops are golden in color.
    Place pan on a wire rack and immediately brush the tops with remaining garlic butter (microwave the butter for a few seconds to melt again if it has thickened). Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
  • Serve garlic bites hot with marinara sauce for dipping.

Garlic butter

  • Add butter and chopped garlic into a microwavable bowl. Microwave until butter is melted. Stir in salt, Italian seasoning and parsley. (If using garlic salt, then stir in along with all other ingredients after melting butter)


You can use half the recipe (half pizza dough as well) to feed a smaller crowd or just your family. 
Soft dough equals soft garlic bites – We need a dough that is soft to touch but not sticky. We will add 1-2 tablespoons additional water in making the pizza dough recipe. I have included more details there.
Color, color, color – PALE GOLDEN and not any darker. Letting the garlic knot  brown will form a crusty outside (delicious tho) but not the light texture we are aiming for. 
Leftover bitescan be refrigerated or frozen. Microwave as many as you need, until thawed and heated through.