Homemade Garlic Knots
Author: Sally McKenney Quinn
These homemade garlic knots are extra soft and fluffy, made from my favorite 6 ingredient pizza dough, and are topped with flavorful garlic herb butter before AND after baking. Shaping is a breeze with my video tutorial and step-by-step pictures for visual help.
Here are the basic steps:
- Make the pizza dough with a few standard ingredients.
- Knead the dough.
- Let the dough rise for 1-2 hours.
- Punch down the dough and shape it into a 16-inch log.
- Slice the log into 16 1-inch strips.
- Roll each strip into an 8-inch rope.
- Tie each into a knot.
- Cover the knots and let them rest for at least 30 minutes.
- Brush with garlic herb butter before baking.
- After you remove the knots from the oven, brush with any leftover garlic herb butter. If desired, top with fresh Parmesan cheese and parsley too.
You can use this homemade dough for pizza, too. The recipe yields about 1 pound of dough which makes 2 pizzas or 16 garlic knots.
Here are the 6 ingredients you need for the dough and why each are important:
- Yeast: Start with quality yeast. I always depend on Platinum Yeast from Red Star. It’s an instant yeast that builds a stronger and more voluminous dough. I swear by it!
- Sugar: Sugar feeds the yeast and adds flavor.
- Water: Use warm water to cut down on rise time, about 110°F.
- Olive Oil: A couple Tablespoons of olive oil adds wonderful flavor to the dough.
- Salt: Salt also adds flavor as well.
- All-Purpose Flour: Flour is the entire structure of the dough.
For the garlic herb butter, you need butter, fresh garlic or garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. If you can’t find a spice labeled “Italian Seasoning” in the spice aisle, use dried oregano, dried basil, and/or dried parsley instead. Any spice you enjoy with garlic and bread works!
Garlic Knots Video Tutorial
Perfect for pizza night and no delivery required!
- 1 and ⅓ cups (320ml) warm water (between 100-110°F, 38-43°C)
- 1 packet (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) Platinum Yeast
- 1 Tablespoon (13g) granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 3 and ½ cups (420g) all-purpose flour, plus more for hands and work surface
- 5 Tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, melted
- 3 garlic cloves, minced, or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (see notes)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- optional after baking: ¼ cup canned or freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- optional after baking: 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Step 1. Prepare the dough: Whisk the warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar together in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
- Step 2. Add the olive oil, salt, and half of the flour. Beat for 15 seconds, then add the remaining flour. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead the dough for 3-4 minutes, until the dough is soft and elastic. The dough can be a little too heavy for a mixer to knead it, but you can certainly use the mixer on low speed instead. After kneading, the dough should still feel a little soft. Poke it with your finger – if it slowly bounces back, your dough is ready to rise. If not, keep kneading.
- Step 3. Lightly grease a large bowl with oil or nonstick spray– just use the same bowl you used for the dough. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to coat all sides in the oil. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 1-2 hours or until double in size. Poke index finger into the dough, down to the second knuckle; if the indent remains after removing finger, dough has risen enough.
- Step 4. Shape the dough: Use the video tutorial and step-by-step photos above as your guide for this step. When the dough is ready, punch it down to release the air. Using floured hands on a lightly floured work surface, shape the dough into a 16x5-inch log. Using a very sharp knife, pizza cutter, or bench scraper, slice into 16 1-inch strips. Roll each strip into 8-inch ropes. Tie each into knots. You can tuck the two ends of the knots underneath the knot or leave them out, that's up to you. Arrange the knots on the baking sheets.
- Step 5. Lightly cover the shaped knots and let them rest for at least 30 minutes and up to 45 minutes. They will slightly puff up during this time. Lightly touch the dough with index finger, if indent remains then dough is ready to be baked.
- Step 6. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Step 7. Topping: Stir the melted butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt together. Brush on the knots. Reserve some of the topping for when the knots come out of the oven.
- Step 8. Bake for about 18-23 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and brush the warm knots with remaining garlic butter. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and/or parsley, if using.
- Step 9. Serve plain or with marinara sauce for dipping.
- Step 10. Cover and store leftover knots at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze baked and cooled knots for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter, then reheat as desired. (I usually just microwave them for a few seconds.)
2. Freezing Shaped Knots Dough: Instead of freezing the dough as a whole, you can freeze the shaped knots before baking them. Shape the knots as directed in step 4. Arrange on a lined baking sheet. Freeze, uncovered, for 1-2 hours. Remove from the freezer. Knots should be frozen and no longer sticky. Place into a freezer-friendly container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter. Bring to room temperature, arrange on 2 lined baking sheets, cover lightly, and allow to rest/rise for 1 hour before continuing with step 6.
3. Dough: This recipe yields about 1 lb of dough, which is enough for 16 knots or 1 pizza + 8 knots. For 8 knots, punch the dough down as directed in step 4. Cut in half. Use the other half of dough however you’d like or freeze for later. Shape into an 8 inch log and cut into 8 1-inch strips. Continue with the recipe as directed.
4. Italian Seasoning: If you can’t find a spice labeled “Italian Seasoning” in the spice aisle, use dried oregano, dried basil, and/or dried parsley instead. Any herb you love works.
Baking enthusiast Sally McKenney Quinn is the blogger and photographer behind Sally’s Baking Addiction, as well as the author of best-selling cookbooks Sally’s Baking Addiction and Sally’s Candy Addiction. The kitchen is where her creative juices flow and she enjoys sharing recipes with her millions of fans around the world. When Sally isn’t in the kitchen or behind the camera, she enjoys practicing yoga, running off all those cookies, and hiking with her husband, Kevin, and their dog, Jude.