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Garlic Knots Recipe

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This garlic knots recipe creates soft, chewy, little knots of bread covered with warm butter, fragrant garlic, and savory Parmesan cheese. They’re an excellent side to pasta or pizzas.

Why waste time searching for “garlic knots near me” on your phone or laptop when you can make them at home? 

Plus, you never know how good they will be from a restaurant. Why spend the money when you have a great recipe within your reach.

All you need for this garlic knots recipe is a simple pizza dough. We used our own pizza dough recipe to make these garlic knots and they turned out perfectly.

I invite you to give this garlic knots recipe a try for yourself.

The finished garlic knots recipe showing the garlic butter topped knots stacked on cutting board.

How to Make Garlic Knots:

Before starting this recipe, make sure to gather all your ingredients.

The whole process takes a little time, so it’s nice to have everything organized and ready to go when you need it.

All of the ingredients like yeast, salt flour, butter and the spices in bowls.

Make the Dough:

In a small bowl, add the sugar and yeast to warm water and stir to dissolve. Set it aside and allow the mixture to become light brown and foamy.

While you wait for the yeast to activate, place the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use a whisk to combine.

A photo of the mixed dough in glass mixing bowl before rising.

Once the yeast mixture becomes foamy (about 10 minutes), pour it into the bowl of flour.

Use a dough hook attachment and mix on medium speed for 5 to 6 minutes until a smooth, elastic ball of dough forms.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place it in a large bowl.

Cover the bowl with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm area. Allow the pizza dough to rest and double in size (about one hour).

The ball of dough in a mixing bowl and has doubled in size after rising.

Make the Knots:

When the dough doubles in size, remove it from the bowl and place it on a well-floured surface.

Knead it a couple of times by hand to deflate it.

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a large rectangle about 1/2 inch thick, and cut the dough into 1-inch wide strips.

Take each piece, one at a time, and roll it between your hands so the strip twists, like a rope.

Tie each strip in a knot and tuck under the loose ends.  *Don’t over-tighten the knots because as they’ll expand as they rise a second time.

A side-view of the dough strips tied into knots.

Second Rise and Bake:

Now, place knots on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat about 2 inches apart and cover with a clean towel.

Allow the knots to rise for 30 minutes then put the baking sheet in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F.

A simple photo of the garlic knots, fully risen, and ready for baking.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove the knots from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

For ease of clean up, place the cooling rack over paper towels.

The finished garlic knots, baked, on a sheet pan ready to be buttered.

Garlic Parmesan Topping:

Combine melted butter, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, and garlic in a small bowl and whisk until combined.

Use a pastry brush to apply the mixture to the knots. Top with grated parmesan cheese.

A close view of the finished Parmesan-butter topped garlic knots stacked up for serving.

Tips for Garlic Knots Recipe:

  • Use olive oil in the mixing bowl to keep the dough from sticking as it rises.
  • When rolling out the dough, add extra flour if it’s too sticky but don’t overdo it.
  • You can use just about any pizza dough recipe for garlic knots and breadsticks.

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A close view of the finished Parmesan-butter topped garlic knots stacked up for serving.

Garlic Knots Recipe

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

This garlic knots recipe creates soft, chewy, little knots of bread covered with warm butter, fragrant garlic, and savory Parmesan cheese. They're an excellent side to pasta or pizzas.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3/4 cups Warm Water, (6 ounces, approximately 110-115 degrees)
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Garlic Parmesan Topping

  • 3-4 Tbls Unsalted Butter,, melted
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Dried parsley
  • 3-4 Tbls Grated Parmesan Cheese, (for sprinkling)

Instructions

Dough

  1. First, using a glass measuring cup or bowl, combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes and allow yeast to activate. 
  2. Next, place activated yeast mixture, flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. After that, use the dough hook attachment and mix on medium speed for 5-6 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Then, remove the dough from the bowl and place in a separate clean, greased bowl.
  5. Afterward, cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel, place in a warm area and allow the dough to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.

Assembly

  1. First, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Now, after the dough has doubled, place dough on a well-floured surface. Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Next, use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into one inch wide strips.
  4. Then, take each strip individually and roll it in your hands to form a twist like a rope.
  5. After that, tie each strip in a knot and tuck in loose ends. The knot does not need to be tight.
  6. Once they are tied, place each dough knot on a silicone lined baking sheet two inches apart.
  7. Cover the dough knots with a clean towel and place in a warm area. Let them rise for about 30 minutes.
  8. Then, after they've risen, place the knots in the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Last, remove them from oven and place the knots on a cooling rack set on top of paper towels.

Garlic Parmesan Topping

  1. First, melt the butter and combine it with the garlic powder, salt, onion powder, and parsley in a small bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Next, using a pastry brush, apply the mixture to warm knots.
  3. Last, top the knots with grated parmesan cheese.

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one garlic knot. The garlic knots can be stored in a sealed container for up to three days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Knot
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 305mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gProtein: 6g

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Deanna

Thursday 11th of January 2018

I love garlic rolls! These look amazing!

John

Friday 12th of January 2018

Thank you, Deanna! Garlic rolls are one of our favorites as well.

Jennifer Shugart

Saturday 30th of December 2017

This looks so delicious!

Kimberly

Saturday 30th of December 2017

Thanks, Jennifer! They are great with pizza, pasta, or a bowl of marinara. :) Have a great weekend!

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