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Garlic Knots Recipe

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This Homemade Garlic Knots recipe makes soft, buttery, and baked to golden brown perfection right in your own oven garlic knots – even better than take-out pizza place garlic knots!

I believe most things are made better at home from scratch – try any of my copycat recipes, including my Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nugget recipe to avoid take-out. I made these with a simple homemade pizza dough and I promise that it’s not as scary as it seems! Yeast is easy to use.

Garlic Knots Recipe

The secret to making this garlic knots recipe extra delicious? Butter. Lots and lots of butter and then even more butter. Garlic and parmesan cheese don’t hurt either. 🙂

Garlic Knots Recipe

So here is what you will need to get started.

Garlic Knots Recipe

Ingredients

  • Warm water – the water needs to be warm to activate the yeast.
  • Active dry yeast. Make sure the one you buy from the store says that – this recipe is not made with instant yeast,
  • Bread Flour. You will want to use all-purpose flour to give the knots the perfect texture.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Salt 
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Olive Oil 
  • Salted Butter.
  • Garlic cloves. I always recommend using fresh garlic, but you can use the jarred stuff too if that’s what you have.
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Parsley – this is just a garnish.

How to make Garlic Knots at home

Start by activating the yeast – the water should be heated to about 110 degrees. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit for 5-10 minutes. When you come back, the mixture should be foamy and smell a bit yeasty. If it is not foamy, do this again because the yeast did not rise.

Whisk together the bread flour, salt, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and into the well, add the olive oil and water mixture, and then mix with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.

On a floured surface with floured hands, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth, adding flour as needed. Place the dough in a lightly greased large bowl, cover, and let rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.

When doubled in size, punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough out into a rough rectangle about 4-5 inches wide and 12-14 inches long. Use a sharp knife or bench scraper to cut 16 strips out of the dough.

Now we shape the knots. Roll out one of the dough strips about 8 inches long and tie it into a knot, tucking in the sides. Place the knots on the prepared baking sheets with parchment paper. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. 

While the knots are rising, preheat the oven to 400℉. For the garlic butter, in a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, and 1 ½ tbsp of the parmesan cheese. 

After the knots have risen for 30 minutes, brush them with some of the butter mixture, saving the rest for dipping or tossing in after they have baked. 

Bake the knots for 20 minutes until fluffy and golden brown. Brush or toss them in the garlic butter, sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese and parsley, and serve warm with marinara sauce.

Garlic Knots Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I shape the garlic knots?

Take the cut dough and shape it like a rainbow, then fold the ends over each other. Tuck in the sides. Also, don’t worry about the perfect shape! These are homemade!

Should I toss the garlic knots in butter?

I brushed on the butter mixture before and after baking for the ultimate butter flavor. For best results, toss in even more garlic butter.

Do I need a stand mixer to make garlic knots?

You don’t need a stand mixer, but it would make your life easier – a stand mixer can knead the dough for you. But you can absolutely do it by hand!

Garlic Knots Recipe

Storage

You can store the garlic knots at room temperature for 2 days or in the fridge for 5 days.

Garlic Knots Recipe

Tips and Tricks

  • If you are making the knots on a colder day, you can speed up the first rising process by preheating your oven to 200℉, turning off your oven, and placing the bowl with the dough in it covered and let rise in there with the oven door ajar.
  • Add some chopped fresh basil to the butter mixture for an extra kick of flavor.
  • For best results, dip in marinara sauce and serve with homemade spaghetti or baked ziti.
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garlic knots recipe

Garlic Knots Recipe

These Homemade Garlic Knots are soft, buttery, and baked to golden brown perfection right in your own oven - even better than take-out pizza place garlic knots!

Ingredients

  • 400ml Warm Water (110℉) or (13.5 ounces)
  • 3 teaspoons / 10 grams Active Dry Yeast
  • 4 3/4 cups / 638 grams of Bread Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons / 15 grams Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon / 10 grams Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons 5 grams Granulated Garlic
  • 3 tablespoons / 40 grams Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup / 115 grams Salted Butter, melted
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons / 32 grams Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Parsley, Chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl with the warmed water heated to 110℉, sprinkle the active dry yeast over the top and let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  2. While the yeast/water is sitting. Whisk together the bread flour, salt, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. 
  3. Make a well in the center of the large bowl with the flour, pour in the olive oil and water/yeast mixture, and mix using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.
  4. On a floured surface with floured hands, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth, adding flour as needed. Place the dough in a lightly greased large bowl, cover, and let rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
  5. When doubled in size, punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough out into a rough rectangle about 4-5 inches wide and 12-14 inches long. Use a sharp knife or bench scraper to cut 16 strips out of the dough.
  6. To shape the garlic knots, roll out one of the dough strips about 8 inches long and tie it into a knot, tucking in the sides. Place the knots on baking sheets with parchment paper. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. 
  7. While the knots are rising, preheat the oven to 400℉. For the garlic butter, in a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, and 1 ½ tbsp of the parmesan cheese. 
  8. After the knots have risen for 30 minutes, brush them with some of the butter mixture, saving the rest for dipping or tossing in after they have baked. 
  9. Bake the knots for 20 minutes until fluffy and golden brown. Brush or toss them in the garlic butter, sprinkle with the remaining

Notes

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Wait Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Yields: 16 Knots

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 381mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

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