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Easy Homemade Garlic Knots

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Created by Mariam E.
It is so easy to make these Easy Homemade Garlic Knots from scratch! All you need are a few simple ingredients and you’ll have these garlic knots in no time. Soft, garlicky, and so flavorful, these easy garlic knots are my go-to side dish!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 ¼ cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 packet instant yeast about 2 ¼ teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour plus more while working
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley to garnish (optional)

Garlic Butter

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated, to garnish (optional)


  • In a stand mixing bowl, add the lukewarm water, sugar and yeast, let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the olive oil, salt, garlic powder and whisk it. Slowly add in the flour in batches and beat on low speed for 2-3 minutes until all the flour is fully incorporated. Increase the speed to low - medium and beat the dough for 4-5 minutes until the dough turns soft and smooth.
  • Lightly grease the bowl and dough and cover with a kitchen towel. Place the bowl in a warm place for 1-2 hours and allow the dough to rise almost double in size.
  • When the dough is ready, sprinkle the flour on a work surface and transfer the dough. Punch it down and shape the dough to a rectangular log.
  • Using a knife slice and divide the dough to 12-16 equal strips. Roll each strip to a long rope and tie each into knots and duck the two ends underneath the knots.
  • Repeat the same with the remaining strips and place the prepared knots on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover them with a kitchen towel and place them in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile, in a microwave safe medium bowl; melt the butter. Once the butter is melted add in the garlic, oregano, parsley, basil and salt.
  • Brush on the prepared topping mixture over the risen knots. Reserve some of the butter topping to use later.
  • Bake the garlic knots for about 25-30 minutes until light golden on top.
  • Once the knots are out from the oven, brush them with the remaining butter. Sprinkle it with parmesan cheese and parsley.
  • Serve the garlic knots with marinara sauce and enjoy.


  • You can knead the dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer. It can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to knead the dough by hand.
  • Be sure to check the expiry date of your yeast. Whenever there is an issue with the dough rising, it’s usually an issue with the yeast.
  • If your house is not warm enough for your dough to rise, you can let the dough rise inside an OFF oven with the oven light turned on.
  • 100°–110°F is the ideal temperature for blooming the yeast. Do not let the water get too hot as it’ll kill the yeast and if it’s not warm enough, the yeast won’t activate. 
  • Use unsalted butter and add salt to taste this way you can adjust the salt to your liking. Some salted butters can be very salty depending on the brand.
  • You can use Italian Seasoning in place of dried basil, parsley, and oregano. 
  • Try to shape the knots as similarly as possible so they bake evenly.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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