Football Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread

If you are hosting or attending any sort of football watch party in the next few months, then YOU NEED this recipe.

First of all, it’s hands down delicious!

Second of all, it can be prepped in minutes so it’s super easy to throw together.

Oh, and did I mention it’s shaped like a football!?

Pretty sure just about any football fan will appreciate any food in football form, but especially if that food is cheesy, garlicy, buttery bread!

How to Make It

If you have never made monkey bread before, you are in for a treat! It’s a lot of fun to make and doesn’t require a whole lot of extra equipment.

This cheesy garlic monkey bread is no exception.

First, cut up some biscuit dough into bite sized pieces. No need to be a hero and make your own. Head to the refrigerated section of your grocery store and buy your favorite brand of biscuits or rolls (either Grand’s biscuits or Pillsbury Crescent rolls work).

Then mix together the butter and garlic mixture, which is just melted butter, garlic powder, oregano, and a bit of salt a pepper. Pour that over the dough and toss it with your hands until all the pieces of dough are covered.

The hardest part of all of this is to make a football shaped baking vessel for your cheesy garlic monkey bread. I made mine out of two sheets of foil that I set in a 9x13 baking dish for some added stability. Just keep forming the foil until you are happy with the shape.

Then you can start filling it with your dough! Add the dough in layers, topping each one with a handful of mozzarella cheese.

Pop in a preheated oven and bake for about 35 minutes until the top is golden brown!

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For even more of a football look, cut out some stitching in sliced mozzarella then pop back in the oven to melt for a few minutes.

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You will want to let it cool for a few minutes before removing it from the tin foil and placing it on a platter. But it’s best served warm, so pop it back in a warm oven until you are ready to serve!

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Serve it up with some marinara sauce or even some more garlic butter sauce (a la Papa Johns) for extra garliciness.


Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35-40 minutes Total Time: 45-50 minutes

Serves: 10-12


  • 3 cans of prepared biscuit dough (such as Grand’s)

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 1/4 tsp salt (is using unsalted butter)

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • 1 slice of mozzarella cheese (optional for topping)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Create a football shaped vessel out of tin foil and place on a baking sheet or in a baking pan for stability. Spray with non-stick spray and set aside.

  2. Divide biscuit dough into quarters, or into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.

  3. In a separate small bowl, mix together butter, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour about 3/4 of the mixture over the dough, reserving the rest for the top.

  4. Layer in a couple handfuls of dough into the baking dish. Then sprinkle on about a third of the cheese. Keep layering in the dough and cheese until there is no dough left. Brush the top with some of the extra butter mixture and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, cut the stitching of the football out in a slice of mozzarella. After the monkey bread is done baking, turn oven off and place the slices on top of the monkey bread. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

  6. Brush the top again with the remaining butter mixture and serve.