Garlic Knots Recipe

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Garlic Knots | Easy recipe for delicious, homemade garlic knots. Follow Me on Pinterest

Around our house, we like carbs with our carbs. So, we usually have some sort of garlic bread with our pasta. These garlic knots are my family’s favorite from scratch garlic bread. They’re also really easy, and they only take about 1 1/2 hours from start to finish, so they’re pretty fast, too.

I wrote the directions for mixing the dough with a stand mixer, but you could certainly make them by hand instead. You just may need to add a few extra minutes onto the kneading time if you mix it by hand. And if you’re interested in a great summer pasta recipe to go with these garlic knots, I’ll have one for you on Monday.

Garlic Knots Recipe
  • 1 ½ c. warm water, 105-110 F
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 envelope (2 ¼ tsp.) active dry yeast
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 ½-4 ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
Garlic Butter
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3-4 T. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (optional)
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine water, honey, and yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes, or until it's foamy.
  2. Add the oil, and stir in.
  3. Stir in flour and salt until incorporated. Dough should be a little sticky but not wet. If the dough is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together.
  4. Replace the paddle attachment with a dough hook, and knead dough for 5 minutes.
  5. Place dough in a large, greased bowl. Turn to coat dough.
  6. Cover the bowl with greased plastic wrap, and let it rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  8. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces.
  9. Roll (like you’re making a clay snake) each piece into a dough rope that is about 9-10 inches long and about 1/2-inch thick.
  10. Shape into a knot (fold one end of dough over the other so that it looks like an awareness ribbon. Twist dough at the place where the two sides overlap. Fold ends back, and tuck under). You can also just tie the dough into a knot and leave the ends out.
  11. Place knots on a rimmed cookie sheet (or sheet pan) lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  13. To make the garlic butter, melt butter in a small saucepan.
  14. When the butter has melted, stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
  15. Brush garlic butter over baked rolls, and sprinkle with cheese, if using.
  16. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

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  1. Lisa says

    I googled ‘garlic knots’ and came across this recipe. They were easy to make and to die for!! They even looked pretty! Thank you so much. I will be making these again in the near future.

  2. marina says

    made these today to go with the bean stew my dad was cooking. AMAZING. no other words to describe them. sooo soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. i actually forgot to put italian seasoning and to sprinkle with cheese ): but next time!! gosh, i’m gonna try lots more bread recipes from your blog. thaanks :)

  3. evan says

    I made the when I was working for a county jail and made them by the 100’s and never had a smaller batch recipe… This was so helpful… Thank you

  4. Casey says

    I’m making these babies right now! I can hardly wait for them to finish rising! I have also made these in the past and they were WONDERFUL!!! I have pinned this for future use and I’m sharing it on Facebook for my friends to try!!! Thanks for the GREAT recipe! :)

  5. Daphne says

    I made these tonight to see if they would work for Thanksgiving tomorrow. They were excellent!!! The family loved them so much made a second batch for tomorrow’s dinner. Thank you!

  6. Jadie says

    Hi there! I haven’t tried these yet but they look delicious and I was wondering if you have ever made them in large batches? I have a huge family reunion in a couple months and was thinking about making these for about 100 people. Would it work if I just make this recipe but everything multiplied by about 5 or do I need to alter the proportions? Thank you so much for any advice! :)

    • kateheartseating says

      I’ve never tried to make them in large batches before. I’m not sure whether this suggestion will be helpful or not, but you could try making them in regular batches and then freeze the rolls until you’re ready to bake them all. This article has some tips about making and freezing rolls ahead of time – Good luck, and have a great reunion!

  7. mandy says

    Just made these for supper and they were delicious!! This was my first time making garlic knots and they didn’t turn out very pretty. lol. Oh well! Practice makes perfect. Thanks for the great recipe. Will definitely make again.

    • kateheartseating says

      I’m so glad that my family isn’t the only one!! I totally have to bribe my kids with the bread! =)

    • kateheartseating says

      Thanks!! I totally get being scared of baking with yeast. For years, I rarely made yeast bread because I never knew if it was going to turn out.

      I’ve found two things that really help, though, and now my bread almost always come out right. The first thing was that I bought an inexpensive instaread thermometer. I think it was like $8. Now, I make sure that my liquid that I’m using is right around 100-110 F (unless the recipe specifies otherwise). If it’s much cooler, it takes longer to rise, and if it’s much hotter, it kills the yeast.

      The second thing is that I always proof (mix the water with the the yeast, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes to make sure it foams). You don’t have to with instant yeast, but if I proof it anyways because then I know that my yeast is alive and working before I add everything else in.

      I hope that helps!! If you try the knots and have any questions, please feel free to email me!

    • kateheartseating says

      Well, you and I would get along just fine because I love carbs and garlic, too! I would have even used a little more garlic in the butter if I was making them just for me. I hope you enjoy them!! =)

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