If you are looking for a way to amp up the flavor of classic garlic bread, look no further than this Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread! Each half of the loaf is coated in my flavorful compound butter, a blend of herbs and spices with a subtle kick of cayenne pepper. Then, mozzarella and parmesan cheese top the bread, creating a gooey, golden-brown crust when baked or cooked in an air fryer. It is another delicious recipe to add to my growing list of Cowboy Butter Recipes!

Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread on a wooden table from overhead.
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Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Cowboy Butter: It’s all about this super special compound butter. It is so easy to make and so full of flavor! It is a game-changer when it comes to compound butter, I would say. This recipe uses a double batch of my recipe.
  • Bread: I used an Italian loaf, cut in half to hold all of the delicious toppings! But, you can use any other sturdy, crusty bread that you prefer. Some good options would be a French baguette, sourdough bread, or ciabatta.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: For its mild, creamy flavor, I like using mozzarella cheese. But, other good melting cheeses like cheddar, provolone, Monterey Jack, or gouda can be used instead.
  • Parmesan Cheese: If possible, use freshly shredded parmesan cheese. Pecorino Romano or asiago would also be delicious.
Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread with one half whole and the other cut into slices on a wooden table from overhead.

Can I Make Cowboy Butter In Advance?

Yes! Cowboy butter can be made ahead of time so it’s ready to go when you are ready to use it. Once made, it can be stored for up to 5 days in the refrigerator and frozen for up to 4 months.

Delicious Toppings For Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread

Although delicious as-is, it is easy to add additional toppings. Here are some toppings you could try:

  • Cooked and crumbled bacon
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Caramelized onions
  • Black olives or green olives
  • Red pepper flakes (for a spicy kick)
  • Mushrooms
  • Prosciutto or ham
Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread cut into slices.

Storing & Reheating Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread

To Store: First, let the garlic bread cool completely. Next, wrap it in aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or, freeze the bread for up to 3 months.

To Reheat: For the best results (to crisp up the bread again), reheat the bread in the oven or air fryer. You could also use a microwave or toaster oven.

Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread with one half whole and the other cut into slices on a wooden table from overhead.
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Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Indulge in the deliciousness of Cowboy Butter Garlic Bread. The perfect blend of herbs and spices with melted cheese on a crusty loaf!


  • 1 cup cowboy butter, softened, divided
  • 1 Italian loaf, cut in half horizontally
  • 2 cups (226 g) mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • ½ cup (50 g) parmesan cheese, shredded, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.* Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Spread the cowboy butter evenly over each cut side of the bread, about ½ cup butter per half.
  • Top each evenly with mozzarella cheese and parmesan.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Slice the bread into 12 portions (or your desired servings). Serve with parsley for garnish.


*Air Fryer Instructions:
  1. Follow the instructions to the point of baking the bread in the oven.
  2. Place the bread into the basket of your air fryer, cutting them to fit.
  3. Air fry for 3-4 minutes at 350°F, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


I loved this garlic bread. (I mean, what's not to love?) The bread gets really crispy, and the buttery garlic flavor is amazing. The mozzarella and parmesan make it extra cheesy and delicious.


I can never turn away a slice of cheesy garlic bread, and I loved the little extra flavor from the cowboy butter. I would add a few red pepper flakes on top for a spicy kick!


I really enjoyed this! The cowboy butter made it taste different in a good way, and the mozzarella and parmesan were so cheesy.


This cowboy butter garlic bread is awesome! The bread is crunchy, and the garlic butter is super flavorful. The cheese makes it even better.


I loved this garlic bread! The cowboy butter adds a nice, subtle kick, and the cheese on top makes it so gooey and yummy. It's perfect for a snack or with dinner.

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