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Homemade Garlic Knots Recipe

Garlic knots make a perfect appetizer, side or snack! These knots feature a soft and easy to tear dough topped with classic Italian flavors of oregano and garlic. Serve plain or with cheese and marinara sauce for the ultimate pizza experience!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Bake Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 16 garlic knots


For the homemade dough:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups lukewarm water, about 105°F to 110°F
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 & 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) active dry or instant yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

For the garlic knot topping:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced * see notes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)


  • Make the homemade dough: In a large bowl, combine your water, sugar, and yeast. Stir, and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes (or until foamy on top).
  • Add your flour, salt, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the wet ingredients. Stir together until you get a rough ball of dough forming. Knead your dough using your hands or an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, adding flour when needed if the dough is too sticky. Knead for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Oil a large bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Shape your dough into a ball, and place the dough in the oiled bowl. Toss the dough to coat all the sides with the olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a tea towel, and set your dough aside in a warm place to rise for about 30 minutes (or until nearly doubled in size).
  • Shape the garlic knots: Uncover your risen dough and transfer it onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 16 even sized portions. Take one portion and roll it into a log that's about 5 inches long. Tie the dough into a knot. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Transfer your shaped knots to 2 parchment lined baking sheets. Make sure to leave about an inch of space between each knot to give them room to rise and expand. Cover the knots with plastic wrap or a tea towel, and set aside again in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until nearly doubled in size.
    Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Make the garlic/butter topping: In a medium bowl, combine your melted butter, olive oil, garlic, and oregano. Mix together to combine. Uncover your knots and brush with the garlic/butter topping.
  • Bake your garlic knots in your preheated 375°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside. While still warm, top with your grated Parmesan cheese (if using). Cool slightly before serving.


* If you don't have fresh garlic, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder can be used as a substitute. The flavor will be slightly different but still delicious!