Buttery Garlic Knots

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These Garlic Knots are such a treat! If you’re wondering what to serve alongside your turkey this Thanksgiving, these homemade garlic knots are the answer. Or, if you’re just looking for a buttery side dish, you could make them today!

close up picture of garlic knots on a baking sheet
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Garlic Knots Recipe

Oh, garlic knots, why are you so fun and so tasty? My family loves when I make garlic knots; they’re like the fancy version of a traditional dinner roll, and they totally love them. These garlic knots are made with a simple yeast dough that has garlic powder, onion powder, and dried basil added to the dough.

You cut the dough into pieces, roll out the pieces like you are making a dough snack, and then tie that snake in a knot! That’s how they get their name. Before you put them in the oven you brush them with a garlic butter mixture and you brush that on them as soon as they come out of the oven too. It’s makes the outsides buttery and rich and full of garlic flavor.

I make these when I want a little something special to go with a simple meal and they always deliver! My family loves them and I know yours will too.

top view of garlic knots on a baking sheet with a bowl of melted butter next to it

How to Make the Best Garlic Knots:

  1. Mix up a yeast dough that has some extras added – garlic powder, onion powder, and some dried basil!
  2. After the dough has risen and is nice and soft, cut it into 12 pieces, roll each piece into an 12 inch rope.
  3. Tie your do in a knot. That’s how this recipe get is name.
  4. Let the knots rise, brush with garlic butter, bake, and brush with MORE garlic butter.
  5. Enjoy hot and dream about the next time you’ll be making them.
bowl of garlic knots

Hoe do you tie a garlic knot?

The key is to work with a long piece of dough so that you have something to tie. Roll your dough into a long rope (about 12 inches long). Loop one side through a hole made by the other end (like you are tying your shoe laces together). One end will poke out the top a little and tuck the other end under the rest of the knot. Aren’t they pretty!

Can you freeze Garlic Knots?

Yes! They freeze great. Like most bread products, they are best right out of the oven but they freeze well too. Bake and cool, store in an air-tight container in the freezer, thaw at room temperature, reheat in a warm oven! Not too hard!

top view of garlic knots on a baking sheet with a bowl of melted butter next to it

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close up picture of garlic knots on a baking sheet
5 from 1 vote

Garlic Knots

These melt-in-your mouth buttery Garlic Knots are simple to make, packed with garlic and butter flavor, and are a crowd favorite every time!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Rolls


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or half all-purpose and half whole wheat

To brush on top:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil


  • In a large bowl add the warm water, yeast and sugar or honey. Stir to combine and let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.
  • Add the oil, salt, spices, and 1 cup of flour. Stir until well combined.
  • Add 2 more cups of flour and stir until combined and the dough starts to pull away from the edge.
  • Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as needed. Knead for 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Place the dough back in the bowl, cover it, and let it rise for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • After the dough as risen remove it from the bowl and divide it into 12 equal parts. Roll each piece of dough into an 8 to 12 inch long rope and then tie the dough into a simple knot (make a circle with the dough and stick one end through).
  • Place the dough knot on a parchment or baking mat lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover the dough knots and allow to rise for 40 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the top of the dough knots with the butter and spice mixture and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the tops are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and brush the tops with the butter mixture again. Serve hot.


Serving: 1 of 12 garlic knots, Calories: 226kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 322mg, Potassium: 49mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 118IU, Vitamin C: 0.03mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 2mg
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This Garlic Knots recipe is one to but on your must-make list! You’ll love their buttery, garlic flavor and how simply they come together.

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    1. I don’t have great luck with getting yeast dough to last well in the fridge before baking, if you play with it, will you let me know what you find out?

  1. Mr. Picky gave me an A+ on these tonight! I am sharing the grade with you! Now what can we make for dessert? Hmmmmm

  2. Wow, these sound great! I’m a huge huge huge fan of eating bread, but am nervous to try my hand at making it! This sounds easy enough, so maybe I won’t mess it up 🙂

  3. I’m making these today, for Thanksgiving tomorrow. And if they turn out as good as I think they will, I’ll make two fresh batches in the morning. My family Thanksgiving includes 31 people when everyone can make it. We will have 29 there this year so I’ll have to just about quadruple this recipe to feed them all, but a good knot recipe is worth it!!!! 🙂 thanks for sharing your great recipes!

    1. Yes! They were awesome and everyone raved about them. I made four batches and there weren’t any leftover. 🙂 Thanks for another great recipe!!!!

    2. Yes, they were delicious and my family had them gone in under 5 minutes! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    3. Yes! They were gone in the first 5 minutes. Everyone loved them! Thanks for the recipe.