Garlic Knots

Bring the taste of a favorite pizzeria appetizer right to your kitchen!

Garlic Knot Ingredients Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Garlic Knots Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Garlic knots are mainly found at pizzerias around the United States. They are typically made from scraps of bread or pizza dough, covered in oil, herbs, and cheese then baked. Many people like to dip them in marinara sauce or use them to scrape up the last of their pasta sauce.

Garlic knots are a favored food in our household. When my husband and I moved into our first house there was this local pizzeria that we always ordered from. The pizzeria always had this special where the customer got a free order of garlic knots if their order reached a certain dollar amount. Of course, we always ordered an extra salad or box of wings if it meant our order could include free garlic knots.

How to Create a Garlic Knot

Garlic Knot dough by Allison of Culinary Cupcake
  1. Start with a small ball of dough.
Garlic Knot rope by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

2. Roll it into a 5 inch rope. (It does not have to be exact.)

Garlic Knot “U” by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

3. Make a “U” shape with the dough.

Garlic Knot loop by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

4. Cross one end with the other end, creating a loop.

Finished Garlic Knot by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

5. Press one end through the loop and gently pull through to create knot.

Garlic Knot Recipe

Yields 8 knots (4 starter servings)


Prep Time 10 min

Bake Time 18-20 min


4 ounces soft pizza dough

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 400 F

Flour your rolling/kneading surface. (A cutting board will do nicely.)

Place the dough on the cutting board. Roll dough into a long line and cut into 8 equal parts using a sharp knife or bench scraper. You should now have 8 dough balls.

Take a small dough ball and roll it into a 5 inch rope. Tie into a knot. Place the knots onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Mix the butter with all the herbs. Brush the butter mixture on the knots.

Bake in the oven at 400 F for 18-20 min. They will puff up in the oven.

Salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with your favorite marinara sauce.


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