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Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins Recipe

Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins are the perfect side dish for soups, stews, and more. Plus, they’re easy to make and fun to eat.

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This Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins recipe is easy and so incredibly delicious. Which makes it perfect for those days that you’re making a homemade soup, which takes up so much time. And you don’t have time to spend making something like grilled cheese.

Grilled cheese is great, but dunking a piece of Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins into your soup is so much better.

And, these garlic cheese muffins are so much fun to pull apart and eat. It’s like playing with your food … but as a grown up.

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Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins Recipe

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Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins Ingredients:

How To Make Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

A refrigerated biscuit cut into six pieces.

Cut each of the refrigerated biscuits in six pieces and put the pieces in a large bowl.

Cheddar cheese and biscuit pieces in a bowl.

Shred the cheese.

A block of cheese works better in this instance than bagged shredded cheese. It will melt better than bagged cheese will.

Add the cheese to the biscuits.

Cheese, garlic, oil, and biscuits in a bowl.

Grate the garlic.

If you don’t have a garlic grater, you can chop the garlic instead. But you get a stronger garlic taste if you grate the garlic.

Add the grated garlic to the biscuits.

Drizzle with half the olive oil and seasoning.

Biscuit dough pieces and cheese in a bowl.

Stir until combined.

Add the rest of the olive oil and seasoning, and stir some more, making sure the ingredients are evenly distributed.

If you stir with your hands, you’ll distribute the garlic and cheese better.

Raw biscuit dough pieces and cheese in a muffin pan.

Put four pieces of the refrigerated biscuit each cavity of a non-stick muffin pan.

The best way to do this is to put one piece in each of the 12 cavities, then put a second in each, a third, and finally the fourth. If you put four at once, you may end up getting pieces that are really sticky. After they bake, they won’t really pull apart in the way that you want it to.

Top with any remaining cheese and garlic from the bowl.

Cooked biscuit dough pieces and cheese in a muffin pan.

Bake for about 15 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven when the tops and edges start to brown.

Let the cheesy garlic pull apart muffins cool slightly before removing them from the pan.

Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Biscuits piled on a plate.

Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use shredded cheese instead of shredding the cheese?

Bagged shredded cheese has preservatives added to it which allow it to stay as individual pieces and not turn into one big clump of cheese in the bag. That’s helpful for packaging and selling, but not for melting.

When you try to melt shredded cheese, it doesn’t melt as well as when you shred your own block cheese because of those preservatives.

This recipe is best when the cheese melts, so we suggest shredding your own block cheese rather than using shredded cheese.

Do you have to use refrigerated biscuits?

The easiest way to make these Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins is with refrigerated biscuits. If you don’t want to use refrigerated biscuits, you do have options.

You can use a store-bought pizza dough. Cut that into small cubes, then follow the rest of this recipe as written.

You could also use 2 Ingredient Dough. I actually have made Cheesy Garlic Dough Balls with 2 Ingredient Dough. It’s similar to this recipe, in that it uses similar ingredients, but that makes one large pull apart dough ball, rather than these individual muffins.

I’m sure you could make a batch of 2 Ingredient Dough, cube it, then use it to make this recipe. But, using homemade dough instead of store-bought refrigerated dough, you may have to adjust your cooking time.

How do you store leftover Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins?

If you have any leftover Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins, store them in an air tight container in the fridge. They’ll last up to a week in the fridge. Probably even longer, honestly, but we never have leftovers for that long.

How do you reheat Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins?

If you have an air fryer, that’s the easiest way to reheat any leftover Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins. Set the air fryer to 370 and heat them for five minutes, shaking the basket at four minutes.

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can reheat leftover Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes.

We don’t recommend reheating leftovers in the microwave. They’ll get soggy and won’t taste very good.

Is pull apart bread the same thing as monkey bread?

We call these pull apart muffins because they’re muffins that you pull apart as you eat them. You pull off one of the four pieces, eat it, and then pull off a second piece, eat that, etc.

That’s similar to how you eat monkey bread. Monkey bread was named that because pulling a piece off the entire loaf was similar to how monkeys eat.

Most monkey bread is made in a Bundt pan, not in individual servings like these muffins.

If you want, you can call these cheddar garlic monkey bread muffins, but that’s sort of a misnomer.

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What to serve with Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins?

These Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins are a great side dish. They go well with soups and various chicken recipes. Some of our favorite recipes to serve these Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins with are:

Wonton Taco Cups are a really fun one bite appetizer or snack dinner recipe. Top with sour cream, green onions, and more.

What else can you make in a muffin pan?

We are calling these muffins, but it’s really pull apart bread. Since we use a muffin pan, though, we call them muffins.

We use our muffin pan for a lot more than just muffins. Sure, we love making muffins, but it really is one of our favorite kitchen gadgets.

Some of our favorite non-muffin muffin pan recipes are:

Yield: 12 Muffins

Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins

Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Bread is the perfect side dish for soups, stews, and more. Plus, they're easy to make and fun to eat.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pack (8 count) refrigerated biscuits
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut each of the refrigerated biscuits in six pieces and put the pieces in a large bowl.
  3. Shred the cheese and add it to the biscuits.
  4. Grate the garlic and add it to the biscuits.
  5. Drizzle with half the olive oil and seasoning. Stir until combined.
  6. Add the rest of the olive oil and seasoning, and stir some more, making sure the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  7. Put four pieces of the refrigerated biscuit each cavity of a non-stick muffin pan. Top with any remaining cheese and garlic from the bowl.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven when the tops and edges start to brown. Let the cheesy garlic pull apart muffins cool slightly before removing them from the pan.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 88Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 10mgSodium 181mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 3g

Have you made this Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins recipe? Let us know what you thought in the comments.

Grace Hodgin

Thursday 16th of July 2015

It seems to be true that the simplest recipes are always the best. I am going to try these and I think they would also be great just to keep for something to grab and eat while I'm doing computer work. Thanks so much for sharing.

Emmy

Monday 22nd of June 2015

Those look so good! Seem so easy too, definitely going to be making these.

Oh and you are going to be my featured pick for the Best of the Blogosphere link up! Glad you linked up last week.

Deb- It's me, debcb!

Friday 19th of June 2015

Those look amazing! Pinning for later.

Linda Bouffard

Thursday 18th of June 2015

These look amazing! Thanks for the recipe. Have a great week. Linda

Jennifer

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Oh, goodness, this sounds good and super easy. Thanks!

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