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Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread – Easy and Simple Recipe

Korean cream cheese garlic bread is sweet and salty, soft and crunchy in one mouthwatering bite. Filled with sweetened cream cheese and dipped in rich, creamy garlic butter, this Korean garlic bread is unlike any garlic bread you’ve had before.

(Are you a fan of all things sweet and savoury? Try this Asian chicken wings recipe — baked to crispy perfection then drizzled with a sticky soy sauce garlic brown sugar sauce. So good! And these cheese bars are perfectly sweet and salty you can’t stop at just one.)

Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread - Easy and Simple Recipe

I’m a little late to the garlic bread with cream cheese game. 

It’s been around for a few years but I only recently stumbled upon a video on YouTube of this Korean bakery baking a big batch of soft, fluffy Korean bread which turned into crispy, cheesy, golden brown discs of deliciousness.

The video has millions of views, my 20 or so included. I can’t stop watching, it was mesmerizing.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a local place that sells Korean bread. Fortunately, I love to bake and I’ve made my own version so I can make Korean cream cheese garlic bread any time. 

And being the lazy baker that I am, my Korean garlic bread recipe is quick and easy but comes out delicious every time. Use your favourite store-bought bread for added convenience.

Let’s get to it.

What is Korean cream cheese garlic bread?

Cream cheese garlic bread is a popular Korean street food. It’s a bread bun or roll that’s cut into wedges, filled with cream cheese and dipped in garlic butter.

It’s been around a while and has gained a strong following in other Asian countries like Singapore and the Philippines.

I haven’t yet seen sold it where I am (I live in Ontario, Canada); good thing it’s very easy to make at home.

What is the difference between Korean garlic bread and regular garlic bread?

Unlike regular garlic bread that’s usually made of garlic, butter and herbs spread liberally on bread then baked or toasted until golden brown, Korean garlic bread uses a garlic butter mixture closer to custard.

The garlic butter sauce for this recipe contains eggs and milk and that makes the sauce creamier, richer and more delicious.

Also, as the name suggests, Korean garlic cheese bread has sweetened cream cheese in it for that sweet and salty combination we’re always craving for.

What does Korean cream cheese garlic bread taste like?

Not sure what that would taste like? In a word: delicious!

Sweet cream cheese, salty garlic sauce, perfectly crunchy crust, soft custardy bread. And you get all that in one bite. It really works and it’s so good.

Why you’ll love this Korean street food recipe

Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread - Easy and Simple Recipe

Make this recipe once and you’ll be hooked.

  • First, it’s very easy. It uses ready-made bread so you don’t have to deal with bread dough, flour, yeast and all that jazz.
  • Second, it’s a very forgiving recipe. It really is hard to mess this up. It comes out delicious and looking fabulous every time. Rustic is the way to go.
  • Also, it’s very customizable. Want more garlic flavour? Simply add more garlic. Want it sweeter? Add a touch of honey to your cream cheese. In the YouTube video I’m obsessed with, they sprinkled sliced green onions on top of the baked bread and you can certainly do that too.
  • It’s done in less than 15 minutes. You’re done as soon as your bread turns a lovely golden brown. Takes no time at all.
  • It’s also freezer-friendly. I promise you won’t often have leftovers but in case you do, these bread rolls are easy to freeze and reheat.

How to make Korean garlic cheese bread

Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread - Easy and Simple Recipe

If you prefer homemade bread, go for it. I love baking bread too but this is one of those times where I find buying good quality bread is the way to go.

It makes the recipe easier, more convenient and done in less than 15 minutes. No proofing, no kneading, no double baking.

Korean cream cheese garlic bread ingredients

To make Korean garlic cream cheese bread, you’ll need:

  • Bread rolls or buns
  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Milk — I use whole milk; you can substitute with cream or half and half
  • Garlic — I use pre-minced garlic sold in bottles
  • Dry parsley flakes
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan cheese — optional but highly recommended

Baking tools 

You don’t need special baking tools or gadgets to make delicious Korean cheese garlic bread. Just items you already have in your kitchen:

  • Baking sheet — I use a commercial sized baking sheet
  • Serrated knife to cut the bread
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring spoons and cups

I use my handheld electric mixer to beat the cream cheese but this can also be easily done by hand.

Korean cream cheese garlic bread recipe

1 PREHEAT. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a large or commercial sized baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. 

2 BEAT. In a medium-sized bowl, beat softened cream cheese with sugar until smooth and incorporated.

3 TRANSFER. Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a piping bag or a large Ziploc bag with one of the corners cut off and set aside.

Transfer sweetened cream cheese in a piping bag

4 STIR. In another bowl (large enough so you can dip your whole bread in), whisk melted unsalted butter, milk, minced garlic, dry parsley, sugar and eggs until combined. 

5 CUT. Take a piece of bread and make 3 slices (which would result to 6 wedges). Make sure not to slice the bread all the way through. You want to cut about 90% to the bottom but not slice the bread completely.

Slice bread into 6 wedges

6 PIPE. Pipe cream cheese filling into each wedge and on the middle of the bread.

Pipe sweetened cream cheese filing

7 DIP. Then dip each bread top side down into your garlic mixture. Don’t worry, the cream cheese will stay in place. Remember that you want the sweet garlic mixture to get into every nook and cranny of your bread roll so after you’ve dipped all of your bread, spoon extra garlic mixture between your wedges to make sure each slice is coated.

Dip in garlic butter sauce

8 BAKE. Place the bread on your baking sheet, sprinkle some parmesan cheese (optional) and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown.

Baking tips and frequently asked questions

Easy, right? Here are some more baking tips and answers to your frequently asked questions to make this bread recipe even easier.

How do you store Korean cream cheese garlic bread?


Korean cream cheese garlic bread is best eaten the day they’re made. 

Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge and consumed the next day. If you want to keep them for longer, the best way to store them is to freeze them.

– Allow to cool completely then wrap each piece of bread in plastic wrap
– Place them in a freezer-safe container or a Ziploc bag

How long do they keep?


Frozen garlic bread should last for at least a month. Refrigerated bread tends to get stale quickly so it’s best to eat them the next day, or within 2 days at the most.

How do you reheat Korean garlic bread?


To reheat Korean garlic cream cheese bread, bring out of the freezer (or fridge) so the cream cheese filling can have the chance to thaw. If you’re short on time, you can microwave for 20 seconds or so.

Then pop into your oven toaster or in your oven preheated to 350F and reheat for about 10 minutes or just until the bread is heated all the way through.

To avoid browning or burning the tops, loosely cover with aluminum foil. 

Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread - Easy and Simple Recipe

What kind of bread should I use for Korean cream cheese garlic bread?


When choosing the kind of bread to use when making Korean cream cheese garlic bread, consider the following:

1. Freshness. If you have a favourite local bakery that makes fresh bread, find your bread rolls there.

2. Size. You want a bread roll or bun that’s between 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Anything smaller and it’s going to be challenging to slice wedges. If you have bigger bread, adjust the recipe so that you’ll have enough cream cheese mixture for the filling.

3. Crust. Don’t go for really hard crusted bread — the crust makes it difficult for all that sweet garlic butter to absorb and baking them a second time will make their crust even tougher. You don’t want a very soft and fluffy bread either — the ones that flatten and lose their shape at the slightest touch. The perfect bread is a somewhere in the middle — firm, but soft and fluffy inside. 

I always use large Kaiser buns from our local bakery that are 5 inches in diameter.

Why did my garlic butter mixture solidify?


This usually happens when your butter is warm but the rest of your ingredients are cool. To avoid this from happening, try and get your ingredients to roughly the same temperature.

If it does happen, no worries. Just give your garlic mixture a good whisk and carry on. It will still be delicious.

Hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind garlic bread. Eat it as a snack or even for breakfast. It goes well with coffee or tea. You can even have it with pasta.

It’s a taste of Korean street food right in your own home.

Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread - Easy and Simple Recipe

Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread Recipe

Author: Jolina
Korean cream cheese garlic bread is sweet and salty, soft and crunchy in one mouthwatering bite. Filled with sweetened cream cheese and dipped in rich, creamy garlic butter, this Korean garlic bread is unlike any garlic bread you’ve had before.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine Korean
Servings 6 garlic bread
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 6 pcs large bread rolls or buns 4-6 inches in diamater

For the sweetened cream cheese filling

For the garlic butter mixture

  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted and allowed to cool
  • ½ cup milk can substitute cream or half & half
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp dry parsley flakes
  • 2 pcs large eggs room temperature
  • parmesan cheese for sprinkling optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a large or commercial sized baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • In a medium-sized bowl, beat softened cream cheese with ¼ cup sugar until smooth and incorporated.
    Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth
  • Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a piping bag or a large Ziploc bag with one of the corners cut off and set aside.
    Transfer sweetened cream cheese in a piping bag
  • In another bowl (large enough so you can dip your whole bread in), whisk 1 cup melted unsalted butter, ½ cup milk, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp dry parsley and 2 eggs until combined. 
    Whisk garlic butter sauce
  • Take a piece of bread and make 3 slices (which would result to 6 wedges). Make sure not to slice the bread all the way through. You want to cut about 90% to the bottom but not slice the bread completely.
    Slice bread into 6 wedges
  • Pipe cream cheese filling into each wedge and on the middle of the bread.
    Pipe sweetened cream cheese filing
  • Then dip each bread top side down into your garlic mixture (don’t worry, the cream cheese will stay in place). Remember that you want the sweet garlic mixture to get into every nook and cranny of your bread roll so after you’ve dipped all of your bread, spoon extra garlic mixture between your wedges to make sure each slice is coated.
    Dip in garlic butter sauce
  • Place the bread on your baking sheet, sprinkle some parmesan cheese (optional) and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown.
    Bake the Korean garlic bread until golden brown

Video

Notes

See post for lots of baking tips, storage instructions and FAQs.

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 21mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 989IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, Freezer Friendly, Quick, Simple
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!

Happy baking!

Did you make Korean cream cheese garlic bread? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Rate the Recipe




Janelle

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

These were so good!!! Not sure if we'll eat it with pasta because of the sweetness but no matter it's amazing on it's own. I just spread the cream cheese into the wedges and it worked but a little messy. Next time I'll pipe them like you said. Thanks for the recipe!

Jolina

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Glad you liked them Janelle! We honestly can't get enough of this garlic bread :)

Pia

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

I've seen youtube videos of this too! But they always baked their own bread and I was turned off. So happy to find your recipe, it was easy to SO GOOOOOODDDD. We loved it definitely a keeper!! Thanks!!

Jolina

Monday 5th of July 2021

Glad you liked them Pia! It's really super convenient to use your favourite bread.

Rose

Friday 25th of June 2021

I have been craving for korean garlic bread! Tasted it once and didnt think it's this easy to make. Trying soon.

Farrah

Sunday 20th of June 2021

This is so mouthwatering by just looking at your photos. I’m a big fan of garlic bread and to have cream cheese to top it all is win win for me.

Marysa

Saturday 19th of June 2021

I love bagels and cream cheese, and this sounds like an flavor combination I would enjoy!