Garlic Bread Pizza Crust

by Erin

Garlic bread is often a side to pizza, but why not just add that buttery, garlicky, cheesy goodness to the crust itself? 
Hounddogs Smokin Joes Garlic Pizza Crust

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Remember the bake sale I hosted last week to benefit The House of Mews 2012 Annual Food Drive? Well last night I swung by on my way home from work and hung out with Holly and the kitties for a little bit. I took a few photos so that you can see where all that money raised went, but here is one just as a teaser:

By tomorrow all the bakers should have sent out the goodies to their winning bidders, so if you are not already enjoying your treats they should be arriving soon!


When I saw Jessica post this pizza crust, it immediately reminded me of Hounddog’s pizza in Columbus, OH. Covered in butter, garlic and Parmesan cheese – which by the way has been my favorite pizza crust for years, even throughout the 5 since I graduated (crap has it really been that long since I was an undergrad??). Le sigh, memories…

Strangely I have never attempted to recreate this glory of a crust on my own. So thank you very much Jessica, for bringing this crust back into my life other than when I pay a visit back to that wonderful place.

Garlic Bread Pizza Crust

Another thought occurred to me while still drooling over this crust (I want to lick the picture on my screen right now). How insanely good do you think this would be if it were also stuffed with basil and goat cheese from another pizza crust recipe I’ve posted (also from Jessica at How Sweet It is)?

Strangely enough I shared exactly a year ago – totally unplanned. But bringing those two pizza crusts together into one is going to happen. And it shall be mind-blowing.

But first you need to make this as it is. You will have guilty dreams about it.

Post updated 7/28/20, photo above is the original.

One year ago: Tomato-Pesto Pizza with Basil and Goat Cheese Stuffed Crust

Hounddogs Smokin Joes Garlic Pizza Crust


Yield: 1 pizza Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 recipe pizza dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, or preferred sauce
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Desired pizza toppings


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees for at least 30 minutes with pizza stone placed on the middle rack*.
  2. Place rolled out pizza dough on a pizza peel generously sprinkled with cornmeal. Place a moist towel over the dough and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. While the dough is rising again, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Mix it with the garlic and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.
  4. Continue to make your pizza with your desired toppings. Transfer to the preheated pizza stone and using a spoon or pastry brush, douse the outside edges with the butter and garlic mixture. Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes, or until crust and cheese are both golden.
  5. While pizza is baking, melt remaining butter and combine with the last tablespoon of Parmesan.
  6. Remove pizza from over and immediately brush the outside edges with Parmesan butter, using it all up. Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan over top if desired. Serve!


*If you don't have a pizza stone, ignore this and prepare pizza on a pizza pan or other baking sheet.

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Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is.

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Tracey April 23, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Oh my word, the kitties!! My husband is a total buzzkill and won’t agree to a cat right now but I’m going to keep working on him.

We eat so much homemade pizza, I really, really need to make this asap! I sort of wish we were having it tonight, if I’m being honest!

spiffycookie April 23, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Definitely keep working on him. I love having my cat sit by/on me while reading, and cuddling in bed.

I want to cuddle this pizza too though.

Adrienne April 23, 2012 - 12:52 pm

The kittens are adorable! I fostered an abandoned litter last summer. It is hard work but so worth it. Thankfully we found the perfect home for each one! Good for you for getting involved :) The pizza crust looks amazing btw.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 21, 2012 - 11:53 pm

I love the kitties and this dough! Gonna try it the next time we have pizza this week.

Joan April 20, 2012 - 7:30 pm

What a great cause for the kitties and they are so cute!

Liz April 20, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Congrats on a successful bake sale, Erin!!! What a worthy cause! And your pizza is drool worthy…well done!

Emily @ Life on Food April 20, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Can I have pizza for dinner? This looks amazing, what a great way to end the week.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 20, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Those kittens are completely adorable. And sheesh… I really need to make this pizza crust. I remember seeing it on Jessica’s site and wanted it then too!

Steph@stephsbitebybite April 20, 2012 - 1:24 pm

So, I’m running a half marathon tomorrow…and I think this is the best way to CARB load!! Looks heavenly!

spiffycookie April 20, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Heck yes! Good luck on your half.

Grace with an appetite April 20, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Why isn’t Pizza hut selling these?
You should start your own pizza company. =)

Vicki @ WITK April 20, 2012 - 11:58 am

The pizza looks tasty, but seriously, those kitties are so cute! Did you go home with a few more tucked in your bag? :) I’m glad my bid went to a good (and so cute) cause. Plus, I got cookies out of it, bonus!

spiffycookie April 20, 2012 - 12:43 pm

I somehow managed to leave without extra kitties. But Brady was sniffing me like crazy when I got home.

amy @ fearless homemaker April 20, 2012 - 11:34 am

oh my, this sounds AMAZING! will definitely have to try it soon!

Jen @ Juanita's Cocina April 20, 2012 - 10:50 am

Awwwwww, yeah.

My son has been asking for pizza. I think I’m going to need to surprise him by making him something new and fabulous…and dare I say, spiffy!


Renee @ Tortillas and Honey April 20, 2012 - 10:00 am

This sounds like it was made specially for me! Saving and totally going to make! It looks like my pizza phase for the past couple months won’t be ending any time soon! :-)

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 20, 2012 - 9:39 am

What a wonderful pizza ! I haven’t made this yet but I will soon.

The kitties are really cute.

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 20, 2012 - 9:37 am

I’ve never made homemade pizza dough either! This, however, looks totally and completely necessary.

spiffycookie April 20, 2012 - 10:17 am

You are totally missing out. If you make this one first and it’ll change your life.

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 20, 2012 - 8:05 am

Ahh, yum! One of my goals this year is to make homemade pizza dough! I should do that today! Your pizza looks incredible!! Your photos at House of Mews are cute!!

spiffycookie April 20, 2012 - 8:06 am

Oh my goodness you have never made homemade pizza dough?? I probably do once a week! You need to get on that.

Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama April 20, 2012 - 7:55 am

YUM. I think this is on the dinner menu this week!


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