Homemade Garlic Knots

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  • Homemade Garlic Knots are a delicious addition to any meal and so easy to make. Topped with a buttery garlic sauce spread that melts into the hot rolls, these are a favorite recipe that will make you come back for more.

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    A garlic knot is a classic bread snack at a typically found at a pizzeria and Italian restaurants. Made from pizza dough or bread dough and cut into strips and tied into a knot. I know it seems like homemade rolls is challenging and time consuming, but I promise you, you’ve got this!


    If you are new to making homemade bread, this is a great recipe to start with! The ingredients are fairly simple, and you probably already have most of them on hand.

    roll broken in half with dripping butter
    • Warm water – Making sure the water is warm is key here. Room temperature water doesn’t allow the yeast to bloom as fully as warm water.
    • Sugar – We only use a small amount of sugar to balance out the flavor of these easy garlic knots.
    • Vegetable oil
    • Coarse sea salt – we use this salt both in the homemade dough as well as the delicious garlic butter.
    • Yeast – The yeast is what allows this garlic knot recipe to rise into the perfectly fluffy rolls that they are.
    • Egg
    • All- Purpose Flour – The flour is what holds it all together! But make sure you have a little extra to make sure your work surface is well floured. We don’t want the dough sticking. Bread flour can also be used, it has high protein which can yield a tender crumb.
    • Melted butter – You can’t have rolls without butter! Once mixed with the garlic and Italian seasoning, the butter mixture totally takes these rolls to the next level.
    • Garlic – I prefer to use fresh garlic that has been finely minced, but if you don’t have any on hand, feel free to use garlic powder.
    • Italian seasoning – Not only does this add some extra flavor to your warm knots, but it also adds some color! If you have fresh herbs, that’s even better!
    tray of homemade garlic knots with a bowl of garlic butter

    If you want to take this garlic bread up a notch, try sprinkling some parmesan cheese on top! Want to add a bit of a kick? Red pepper flakes would also be a nice touch. And I can’t have an appetizer or bread without a good dipping sauce- marinara sauce would be great for dipping.

    How to Make Garlic Knots 

    This easy recipe can also be used to make homemade pizza dough and is pretty quick to make. Next time, try it for pizza night!

    1. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook is best. I use warm tap water with oil, sugar, salt and of course yeast. Stir to mix the ingredients in a large bowl and place a clean, damp kitchen towel on top. The first rise will take about 10 minutes. 
    2. Add proofed yeast to the flour using a stand mixer and combine. Mixture will be thin and runny. Add egg and continue to knead dough by slowly adding remaining flour until combined.
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    1. Dough will pull away from sides of bowl and be soft to the touch but not sticky. Place dough  into a greased bowl and cover with a towel and allow to rise until doubled in size. This time can vary depending on temperature of the surroundings.
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    1. Once garlic knots dough has doubled in size sprinkle flour on clean surface and turn out down. Gently roll into a log about 12-14 inches long. Use a food scraper or sharp knife to cut dough into 12 pieces. 
    2. Gently roll each piece into a 10-inch snake and form a knot with each piece of dough. Ends of the knot can easily be tucked under. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to rest for 20 minutes before baking. 
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    1. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. 
    2. In a separate small bowl combine the butter, garlic, salt, and Italian seasoning and mix to combine. Using a pastry brush, gently brush each roll with garlic mixture allowing butter to melt and drizzle down roll. I also like a little fresh parsley for color.
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    Garlic Knots Tips

    Garlic Knots are very similar to making rolls with just a few added steps and are so easy to make, plus they look fantastic. My favorite is the garlic buttery topping that melts into the hot  roll and into the cervices of the knot making it perfect to pop into your mouth. 

    close up of a garlic knot topped with garlic butter

    Making these garlic rolls is easy, but let me help you with a few easy tricks so you can have beautiful rolls for your dinner table. I’ll explain in more detail below but my top tips will help you make beautiful rolls:

    • Proof dough for allotted amount of time and use a food scraper for cutting dough into perfect size pieces.
    • Roll each dough segment into a 12-inch roll or snake. This makes folding into knot easiest. 
    bowl of garlic herb butter

    Storage and Reheating

    Bread should not be stored in the refrigerator as it will dry out the bread and become stale faster. To be on the safe side, store your garlic knots in an airtight container, plastic bag or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to a week on the counter. You can also wrap each roll individually in plastic wrap.

    In order to reheat them, you could warm them in the oven or even pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them through. I even like to brush more garlic butter on top. You can’t go wrong with more garlic and butter!

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    Garlic bread rolls stuffed with gooey cheese. Serve with marinara, if desired.

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    Garlic Knots

    Warm yeast rolls topped with a buttery garlic spread, these Garlic Knots make the perfect addition to any meal! Made with simple ingredients.
    Prep Time40 mins
    Cook Time20 mins
    Total Time1 hr
    Course: Bread
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: garlic knots, homemade garlic knots
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 230kcal
    Author: Rebecca Johnston


    Garlic Butter:



    • Add the warm water, sugar, oil, salt and yeast to a large bowl and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
    • In a large mixing bowl add 2 cups of the flour and pour the yeast mixture into flour and mix with a stand mixer.
    • Add the egg and continue to mix until combined
    • Slowly add the remaining flour and knead for 5 minutes using the bread hook.
    • Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover with a towel and allow to proof until doubled in size. Place the proofed dough on a well-floured surface and roll into a 12–14 inch log. Using a food scraper, cut into 12 equal pieces.
    • Roll each piece of the dough into a snake that is approximately 8-10 inches long Tie each snake into a knot. Tuck ends under bottom.
    • Allow to proof for 20 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 375°F while the dough proofs.
    • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.
    • Remove from the oven and brush with the garlic butter spread while still hot.

    Garlic Butter:

    • In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning and salt.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.


    Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2mg
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