Best Domino’s Parmesan Bread Bites: Easy Copycat Recipe

Craving Domino’s Parmesan Bread Bites at ungodly hours? Stuck in a budget crunch? No worries! Let’s whip up a copycat recipe right in your kitchen. Fasten your aprons, it’s about to get cheesy!

This simple parmesan bread bites recipe makes for a great appetizer on pizza night and will surely become a favorite at your table.

A plate of Parmesan bites on a coffee table, with a blurred TV screen in the background.
TV binge? Check. Comfort food? Double check!

Why This Recipe Works

Here’s why this copycat recipe is a game-changer:

  • Perfectly mimics the authentic Domino’s taste and texture.
  • The trio of garlic, butter, and parmesan cheese delivers a flavor punch.
  • Tried and tested to save you from kitchen experiments.
Plate of Domino's Parmesan bites on a table in front of a TV.
Settle in, it’s time for a flavor-filled TV marathon!

The Secret Behind Domino’s Parmesan Bread Bites

So, what makes Domino’s Parmesan Bread Bites irresistible? The secret lies in simplicity. It’s a flavorful combination of pizza dough, butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese.

At the heart of these tasty bites is quality pizza dough, sculpted into bite-size morsels. Then, a golden bath of melted butter, garlic salt, and garlic powder is generously applied, seeping into the nooks and crannies of the dough. A final dusting of parmesan cheese, crisped to perfection, seals the deal.

No frills, just good taste.

Stack of Domino's Parmesan bites on a plate.
Stacked high and taste buds ready – it’s snack time!


Ready to cook? Here’s our star-studded lineup for this recipe:

  • Pizza Dough: It’s the foundation of our delicious bites. You can go with store-bought bread dough for convenience, or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, whip up some homemade pizza dough with warm water and a touch of yeast. Remember, if using store-bought, allow it to come to room temperature for easy handling.
  • Butter: The base for your garlic butter mixture. Opt for unsalted so you have control over the sodium.
  • Garlic Salt
  • Garlic Powder: These two garlic bros bring the characteristic garlic flavor we’re aiming for.
  • Parmesan Cheese: The final touch, adding that perfect umami punch and a heavenly aroma. Freshly grated parmesan cheese is your best bet, but pre-grated works in a pinch.

 Don’t hold back on these, as they’re the life of the party. High-quality butter, freshly grated garlic salt, and grated Parmesan cheese are paramount. Butter adds richness, garlic salt lends a savory depth.

Ingredients for Domino's Parmesan Bites including pizza dough, garlic powder, garlic salt, butter, and parmesan cheese.
Roll call for our flavor team – dough, garlic, butter, and parmesan!

Optional Additions

Looking to customize? Try these:

  • Mozzarella Cheese: Adding a half cup of grated mozzarella will make your bites extra gooey and delicious.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: A sprinkle, about a half teaspoon, will give your bites a little kick. Adjust the quantity based on how spicy you like your food.
  • Italian Seasoning: One teaspoon of this will add some herbaceous notes to your bites.
  • Fresh Herbs: A handful of fresh herbs like basil or parsley can bring an additional layer of flavor and a pop of color. Chop them finely and sprinkle on top after baking.
A ball of pizza dough resting on a floured wooden surface.
The humble beginnings of our soon-to-be delectable bites.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Choosing Your Pizza Dough

When buying your pizza dough from the store, look for a fresh, refrigerated dough. Avoid the ones that are frozen, as they can lose their elasticity, resulting in a denser bite. The dough should be pale white with a slight sheen and it should bounce back when you poke it. If you’re more of a whole grain person, you can opt for a whole wheat pizza dough, keeping in mind that it will yield a slightly heavier, more robust bite.

If you’re making the dough at home, ensure your yeast is fresh for a successful rise. Patience is key here; give your dough enough time to rise, as it’s crucial for a light and airy texture. Keep the dough in a warm spot during the rise. And remember, a little extra virgin olive oil in the dough recipe can do wonders for a tender crumb.

The process of yeast activation in a mixing bowl.
We’re all about that rise and shine – hello, yeast activation!

Preparing the Dough

First things first, let’s handle that dough:

  1. Store-bought Dough: If you’re using store-bought pizza dough, take it out of the fridge at least an hour before you want to start cooking. This allows the dough to come to room temperature, making it easier to handle and roll out.
  2. Homemade Dough: If you’re making your dough from scratch, prepare it as per your favorite recipe. Once it’s ready, let it rise in a warm, draft-free spot until it doubles in size. This could take about 1-2 hours, depending on your recipe. Pro tip: A dough hook on a stand mixer can be your best friend in this process, making the kneading part a breeze.
  3. Rolling Out: Flour your work surface to prevent the dough from sticking. Roll out your dough ball into a large circle or rectangle, depending on what’s easier for you. Don’t fret about perfection here, a slightly irregular shape adds to the homemade charm.
  4. Slice and Dice: Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut the rolled-out dough into 1-inch pieces. Again, they don’t need to be perfectly square. In fact, different sizes will give you a mix of crispy and chewy bites, a win-win in our book! We’ll be making bite-size pieces smothered in a healthy dose of garlic butter.
Cut pieces of dough placed on a floured surface.
It’s a dough bite army, ready for a flavor-packed mission!

Assembling and Baking

Now, we’re on to the fun part – adding flavor and baking:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F. 
  2. Melt Butter: In the meantime, melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave, then mix in your garlic salt and powder.
  3. Lay Them out: Lay out your dough bites on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, leaving some space between each for them to expand.
  4. Bath Time: Using a pastry brush, slather your dough pieces with the buttery, garlicky mixture. Don’t be shy; let each piece soak up all that flavor! It’s like giving them a yummy bath. Brush each little bread bite generously with melted butter before placing them onto a greased baking sheet. 
  5. Say Cheese: Time to shower your dough bites with parmesan. Be generous here; it’s the cheese that brings the magic.
  6. Bake Away: Pop your tray into the preheated oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the bites are a beautiful golden brown. Keep a keen eye on them, especially in the last few minutes. Ovens can be a bit temperamental and you don’t want any overzealous browning! Watch as these little nuggets of dough turn golden brown in the oven. Beware, as the smell alone can cause serious cravings!
Melted garlic butter in a small saucepan.
Aromas wafting, taste buds teasing – it’s our secret flavor potion!
Brushing garlic butter onto dough bites placed on a baking tray.
Brush-a-brush-a-brush-a, let’s get these dough bites bathed in buttery goodness!
Generously sprinkling parmesan cheese onto dough bites.
When it comes to parmesan, we say, the more the merrier!

Serving Suggestions

Now that you’ve cooked up these gorgeous bread bites, how should you serve them?

  • Appetizer Star: Hosting a party? These bites make the perfect appetizer. Easy to pick, hard to resist.
  • Pasta Duo: Serving pasta for dinner? These bites are an excellent sidekick, adding crunch and flavor.
  • Dip Away: The only thing that makes these bites better is a good dipping sauce. Serve your copycat Domino’s Parmesan bites with a side of warm pizza sauce or marinara sauce. Marinara, ranch, or even a spicy salsa – the sky’s the limit!
A Domino's Parmesan bread bite being dipped into marinara sauce.
Dive into deliciousness with every dip!

Cooking Variations: Air Fryer Edition

Wondering how an air fryer fits into this recipe? It’s simple:

It’s the perfect tool for an even crispier finish. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F, arrange the assembled bites in the basket without overlapping, and air-fry until golden brown, usually around 10 minutes. That’s it, crispy cheesy bites at the ready, minus the extra oil.

  • Crispiness Level 100: The air fryer makes these bites even crispier, giving you that satisfying crunch with every bite.
  • Quick and Healthy: Compared to traditional frying, air frying is faster and uses less oil, making it a healthier alternative.
Crispy Domino's Parmesan bites fresh out of the air fryer.
Same taste, less guilt, all thanks to our trusty air fryer!

Storing and Reheating Your Parmesan Bread Bites

Had the willpower to save some bites for later? Great job! 

Store them in an airtight container or wrap them up in plastic wrap. They’ll be good in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

To reheat, pop them into a preheated 350°F oven for about 5 minutes or until warmed through. No microwave, please! We want to retain that wonderful texture.

Stored Domino's Parmesan bites in an airtight container.
Save it for later, or grab another now – the choice is yours!

FAQs: The Burning Questions

Can I use olive oil instead of butter?

You can, but remember that butter contributes significantly to the taste. Olive oil will give you a different flavor profile, but still tasty.

Do I need a cooking spray?

It’s optional. If you’re using parchment or a non-stick tray, you can skip the spray.

Parmesan bread bites served on a serving tray.
Feast your eyes on these bite-sized wonders, they’re a tray full of happiness!

The Last Bite

And there you have it, folks! The easiest, cheesiest, and most delicious copycat recipe for Domino’s Parmesan Bread Bites. Who knew you could satisfy your cravings without leaving the comfort of your home? So roll up your sleeves and don your apron. It’s time to fill your kitchen (and your stomach) with the irresistible aroma of these bite-sized delights. Happy baking!

Stack of golden Domino's Parmesan Bread Bites on a rustic table with a kitchen backdrop.

Best Domino’s Parmesan Bread Bites: Easy Copycat Recipe

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Unleash your inner chef with this deliciously easy copycat Domino's Parmesan Bread Bites recipe. Perfect for pizza night or as a party appetizer!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 446 kcal


  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 Pizza Cutter (or sharp knife)
  • 1 Baking sheet
  • 1 Pastry brush
  • 1 stand mixer with dough hook (optional, if making your own dough)


If Buying Dough from the Store:

  • 1 lb pizza dough (store-bought)

If Making Dough From Scratch:

  • tsp active dry yeast (one package)
  • 1 cup warm water (110 °F)
  • cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar

For All Versions:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese (grated)


Dough Prep Store-Bought

  • Warm it up: If using store-bought dough, let it come to room temperature, about 20-30 minutes before you plan to use it.

Dough Prep From Scratch

  • Prepare the Dough: Activate your yeast in a bowl of warm water and sugar. Give it about 10 minutes to froth up nicely. Meanwhile, combine your flour and salt in a large bowl.
  • Mix: Add the yeast mixture and olive oil to the flour. Stir until combined, then knead. You can use your hands or a dough hook on a stand mixer on low setting for this part. Knead until it becomes a smooth, elastic dough ball.
  • Knead: Once the dough comes together, increase the mixer speed to medium and mix until the dough is smooth and elastic, around 7-10 minutes.
  • Rise: Place your beautiful dough ball in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Assembly and Baking

  • Preheat Oven and Prep Tray: Preheat your oven to 375 °F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Prepare Garlic Butter: Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Stir in the garlic salt and garlic powder.
  • Roll it Out: On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to a thickness of about ½ inch.
  • Cut Dough into Pieces: Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into bite-sized pieces.
  • Brush the Dough Bites: Lay out your dough bites on the prepared tray, leaving space between each. Generously brush each piece with the melted butter mixture.
  • Add the Cheese: Generously sprinkle parmesan cheese over your prepped dough bites. The more, the cheesier!
  • Bake: Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the bites are golden brown.



  • Always check the temperature of your water before adding the yeast. Too hot and it can kill the yeast, too cool and it may not activate.
  • If you’re new to working with yeast, let it sit until it gets frothy. This will tell you it’s alive and ready to work its magic!
  • Kneading the dough is crucial to develop gluten, which gives the bread bites their signature chewy texture. If kneading by hand, it might take a little longer than with a mixer.
  • The butter mixture should be liberally applied to ensure each bite is bursting with flavor.
  • Baking times can vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on the bites. They’re ready when they’re golden brown and the cheese is bubbly and slightly crispy.
  • These parmesan bread bites are best served warm, with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. Enjoy them on game nights, at parties, or just because you deserve a treat!
  • These bites are freezable. Freeze them on a baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag. When ready to serve, bake from frozen until warmed through.
  • Get creative with toppings! Try adding mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes, or fresh herbs for an extra flavor boost.


Calories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 12gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 1676mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 404IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
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