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Easy Garlic Knots

Freshly-baked and shining with herbed garlic butter, these Easy Homemade Garlic Knots are the soft, flavorful dinner rolls of your dreams. Plus, they’re super fast to make, thanks to refrigerated pizza dough!

dipping garlic knots in marinara sauce.

Homemade Garlic Knots with Pizza Dough

I have noticed that even people who aren’t really into bread or carbs still love a fresh, warm dinner roll, right out of the oven. There’s just something about a soft, golden-brown roll that is irresistible, maybe even more than a fresh loaf or slice of bread!

When I want to serve dinner rolls fast, I turn to these easy garlic knots. They’re so fast to make, thanks to pre-made pizza dough from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. You don’t need any special equipment, rising time, or anything. Just a good sharp knife for cutting the dough, and a cookie sheet or baking pan for baking.

Plus, the pretty knot shape is so beautiful! This is definitely a recipe that packs a visual punch. The soft, knotted pieces of dough bake up beautifully golden-brown and shiny. And let’s not forget the fragrance of the warm garlic butter! It makes your whole house smell like a traditional pizzeria. Heavenly!

A wide shot of garlic knots piled onto a plate with marinara dipping sauce on the side.

Where Did Garlic Knots Originate?

Garlic knots are a quintessential New York treat! Some say they first showed up in Brooklyn, while others point to Queens. In any case, it seems that New York City pizzeria owners had the (fantastic) idea to create little rolls out of leftover pizza dough, dressed with garlic and oil or butter, sometime in the mid-20th century.

Long-time fans of garlic knots say that the knots were originally palm-sized treats that could be bought for pennies. These days, you can find them small or large, pretzel-size, or as large as a croissant. Some are topped with cheese, some aren’t. I like to serve mine with marinara dipping sauce.

Clockwise from top: butter, Italian seasoning, a roll of pizza dough, a dish of minced garlic.

Recipe Ingredients

This list is short and sweet! Keeping pizza dough (or biscuit dough—see below) on hand allows you to make these anytime, even on short notice.

  • Pizza Dough: I use one can of refrigerated pizza dough to make about 12 large garlic knots.
  • Butter: Melt about 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter for brushing on the garlic knots.
  • Fresh Garlic: Fresh minced garlic helps to give these knots their mouthwatering flavor. I use three cloves. You can substitute one teaspoon of garlic powder, if you prefer!
  • Italian Seasoning: A savory herb blend.
  • Marinara Sauce: For serving.
Unbaked and unseasoned strips of pizza dough, shaped into knots on a work surface.

How to Make Homemade Garlic Knots

My garlic knots are on the larger side, about the size of a croissant. If you’d like to make smaller garlic knots, just cut the strips as directed, but then cut each strip in half. Stretch and roll   slightly to make a thin rope you can tie in a knot.

  1. Prep the Oven, Baking Sheet, and Dough. First things first: preheat your oven to 400°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Once that’s done, open the pizza dough and unroll it onto a cutting board or work surface. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough evenly into 12 strips. Each one should be a little less than an inch wide.
  2. Tie the Knots. This is the fun part! Fold or “tie” each dough strip into a knot shape, and place them on the prepared baking sheet as you go. Tuck the loose ends of dough underneath each knot.
  3. Make the Garlic Butter. Melt the butter. I usually do this in the microwave. You can also melt it in a small saucepan on the stove. Stir in the Italian seasonings and the minced garlic.
  4. Butter the Rolls and Bake. Using a pastry brush, coat the tops of the dough knots with the herbed melted butter. Pop the rolls into the preheated oven, and bake for about 18 minutes, or until golden on top.
  5. Serve. When the garlic knots are done, take them out of the oven and serve warm, with marinara sauce for dipping.
Unbaked garlic knots, brushed with garlic-and-herb-butter, on a parchment-lined tray.

Tips for Success

This easy recipe is so fun and simple to make, and it’s great to do with the kiddos as well! But before you start cutting and tying, have a look at these helpful tips.

  • Substitution: Depending on your taste, you may prefer to substitute olive oil for some or all of the butter, and fresh parsley for the Italian seasoning. These are two common variations. Either way, the knots will be delicious!
  • Knot a Problem: You can make these into any shape you like! Twists, pretzel shapes, or short sticks are all great options.
  • Different Dough Options: If you’d rather make your own pizza dough, that’s a great option, too! You can also use refrigerated biscuit dough. Just cut each unbaked biscuit in half, and roll each half into a strip 6-8 inches long. Tie in knots and proceed with the recipe as written.
dipping garlic knots in marinara sauce.

How to Store and Reheat Extras

  • To store your leftover garlic knots, place them in airtight containers or food storage bags, ideally inside a pantry or bread box.
  • Store at room temperature for up to five days. Don’t refrigerate; refrigeration causes the rolls to lose moisture and go stale faster.
  • To reheat, place in a toaster oven or conventional oven at 350°F for a few minutes, until warm.

Can I Freeze These?

  • Yes! You can easily freeze the unbaked knots, to have a convenient side ready to bake another time.
  • Once you have shaped and brushed the knots, freeze them on a sheet pan until frozen solid, and then store in freezer bags until you’re ready to bake.
  • Bake from frozen, increasing the time by 5 to 10 minutes to account for the frozen dough.
  • The knots will last in the freezer for up to one month.
dipping garlic knots in marinara sauce.
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Homemade Garlic Knots

Freshly-baked and shining with herbed garlic butter, these easy Garlic Knots are the soft, flavorful dinner rolls of your dreams!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: dinner rolls recipe, garlic knots, garlic knots recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 124kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 can (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza dough
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Marinara for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Open the can of refrigerated pizza dough and gently unroll onto a cutting board.
    With a sharp knife, cut into 12 even strips about ¾-inch in width.
  • Fold each dough strip into a knot shape, and place on the prepared baking sheet. You can create the knot shape by holding one end of the dough in each hand and tying into a single knot. Tuck the loose ends underneath.
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter on low heat in the microwave.
    Stir in the Italian seasonings and minced garlic.
  • Using a pastry brush, evenly coat the tops of the dough knots with the herbed butter mixture.
  • Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven, and bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden on top.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, and serve the garlic knots warm with marinara sauce for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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8 Comments

  • Amanda
    September 16, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    5 stars
    Perfect for any party. These will be a big hit with everyone!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 18, 2021 at 1:01 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy them! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    September 17, 2021 at 4:46 am

    5 stars
    Flovorful and crispy! These are the definitely the best knots ever!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 18, 2021 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you’ll enjoy them! 🙂

      Reply
  • Krystle
    September 17, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Easy and fun to make.Turn out perfect every single time.

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 18, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      I’m very happy you loved these! Thank you so much! 🙂

      Reply
  • Amanda Livesay
    September 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    5 stars
    These are my favorite and I can’t believe how easy they are!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 20, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      I hope you enjoy them! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply

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