A fun addition to your Disney movie night, these Garlic Bread Braids are inspired by everyone’s favorite long-haired princess: Rapunzel!
Garlic Bread Braids Recipe
We had found a recipe in Ella’s Disney Princess Cookbook for from-scratch Ham and Cheese Biscuit Braids, which sounded delicious, but involved a lot more time and parent supervision than I’d like – especially since we were making three other recipes for our movie night!
So, we took the idea of a braided bread side dish and used some crescent roll dough to make possibly the easiest garlic bread ever.
Ella had so much fun braiding the dough and they turned out super cute! (And not to mention, delicious!) This is a great hands-on recipe for kids to make, and there’s no real way to get it wrong. Even if their braid isn’t perfect, it will still taste great and bake just as well as if it had been perfect.
(Also, unlike other doughs, you can re-roll out the crescent roll dough and let them re-braid it a couple of times to try to get it right.)
If you don’t want to use crescent roll dough, you can use puff pastry dough or pizza dough instead. (Grab our recipe for a super simple homemade pizza dough here.) I also found a recipe for homemade crescent dough here.
For our Rapunzel movie night, I served:
- Hazelnut Soup (Rapunzel’s favorite)
- these Garlic Bread Braids
- Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Elderflower Champagne cocktail for me, Elderflower Cordial for Ella
These garlic bread braids would also be perfect for serving alongside pasta. Spaghetti definitely would be a great choice for a Rapunzel theme – long and yellow, just like her hair!
You can customize these individual garlic breads however you’d like – add chopped veggies, swap in some homemade Italian seasoning for the garlic powder, add some red chile pepper flakes, etc. They would also be great with a homemade pizza dipping sauce.
These individual garlic breads would also be great for serving alongside soup – check out some of our favorite soup recipes below:
Garlic Bread Braid Ingredients
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: swap out the garlic powder for your favorite seasoning, ie, Italian seasoning or everything bagel seasoning.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cookie sheet
- Cutting board
- Pastry brush <– I like these ones because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
How to Make Garlic Bread Braids
Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
Roll out your crescent dough and pinch together the perforations.
Cut the dough in half to form two rectangles.
Cut each rectangle into strips, leaving 2″ of dough at the top uncut.
Braid the dough strips and then pinch together when you reach the end.
If using, melt the butter and use your pastry brush to apply to the dough. This will help the garlic powder stay in place, but is an optional step.
Sprinkle on the garlic powder, followed by the optional shredded cheese.
Place the braids on a baking sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes, until golden brown.
Grab your free printable for our garlic bread braids recipe:
- 2 rolls Crescent roll dough
- 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons melted Butter, optional
- 1/4 cup Shredded cheese, optional
- Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
- Roll out your crescent dough and pinch together the perforations.
- Cut the dough in half to form two rectangles.
- Cut each rectangle into strips, leaving 2" of dough at the top uncut.
- Braid the dough strips and then pinch together when you reach the end.
- If using, melt the butter and use your pastry brush to apply to the dough. This will help the garlic powder stay in place, but is an optional step.
- Sprinkle on the garlic powder, followed by the optional shredded cheese.
- Place the braids on a baking sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes, until golden brown.
These garlic bread braids are perfect for a Tangled Movie Night, but would also be great for lunch boxes or serving alongside soup.