Soft Garlic Knots

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Garlic Knots are a mouthwatering twist on traditional breadsticks. A garlic butter glaze melts into all the nooks and crannies, making every bite irresistible! 

We love to serve these tasty garlic knots with Ravioli Tuscan Soup, Minestrone Soup, and Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup, but they make a great side dish to just about any meal.

garlic knots on a white tray title page

I love garlic. I love rolls. So when I found the recipe for these Garlic Knots at Annie’s Eats, I knew I had to try them. I am so glad I did, they are phenomenal!

The dough is soft and easy to work with. They come out chewy on the outside and soft on the inside. Simple garlic butter glaze on the top adds amazing flavor. I will definitely be making these again. And again.

Next time I make them, I will have to double the recipe, because all of my boys were asking for more! They almost came to blows fighting over who should get the last one. OK, not really, but there was a heated discussion. I solved it for them by eating the roll myself. It’s what any good mother would have done.

golden brown garlic knots on a cookie sheet

How to make Garlic Knots:

Combine sugar, yeast, salt, olive oil, milk, and water in the bowl of a Bosch mixer or Kitchenaid. Add enough flour to make a soft dough.  Knead on low speed for about 5 minutes, then let the dough rest for about 5 minutes.

Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an 8″ long rope. 

photo instructions for forming garlic knots

Tie each rope into a knot and place on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise for 30-45 minutes.

unbaked garlic knot on a cookie sheet

Bake in a preheated oven at 350° until lightly browned, about 18-20 minutes. Mix up the garlic butter glaze, and brush on rolls while they are still hot.

soft garlic knots being brushed with butter garlic glaze

How do you store garlic knots?

You can store garlic knots at room temperature for 2-3 days, then just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up. They are obviously best fresh though.

If you want to store them longer than a few days, wrap them tightly and store them in the freezer in an airtight container or ziplock bags.

hot garlic knots with butter glaze
Give these homemade garlic knots a try, you will not be sorry. They are simple to make, but absolutely delicious. I like them better than any garlic knots I’ve had from pizzarias. You just can’t beat that fresh from the oven taste and texture!

soft and chewy garlic knots recipe collage

Handy supplies for making garlic knots:

Bosch Mixer – this machine does all the work of kneading for you. I love mine for making all yeast breads!

Garlic Press – fresh garlic gives these rolls their fantastic flavor. Using a garlic press is so much easier than chopping your own garlic. 

Pastry Brush – I got tired of pastry brush hairs falling out onto my food, so now I use a silicone pastry brush. It’s also great because it holds up to heat and is dishwasher safe. I got mine at a kitchen supply store, but you can find them on amazon.

Instant Yeast – you add the yeast directly to the dough without dissolving it first, so instant yeast is a must. I have always used SAF brand. 

Soft Garlic Knots

Yield: 10 servings

Soft Garlic Knots

Soft Garlic Knots
Garlic Knots are simple yeast rolls topped with a garlic butter glaze. Every bite is irresistible! 
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes



  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp SAF instant yeast
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 cups flour (approximately)

Garlic Butter Glaze


  1. Combine sugar, yeast, salt, olive oil, milk, and water in a large mixer bowl. (I used my Bosch.) Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Let dough rest 5 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an 8" long rope and tie into a knot. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise for 30-45 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° until lightly browned, about 18-20 minutes.
  3. While rolls are baking, combine all glaze ingredients. Brush rolls with the butter glaze while still hot.
Love homemade bread and rolls? Check out these recipes:
Super Easy Soft Pretzels
Recipe for soft and chewy pretzels, no boiling required.
Golden Sesame Braid
white-bread-recipe, bread-braid
 -Recipe originally published December 4, 2008. Updated 11/2018.


  1. Seyna M. says

    I came across a couple of your bread recipes that I would love to try. But none of them specify what kind of flour to use. Do you use all purpose flour or bread flour? I’m assuming you’re using all purpose.

    • Yes, unless otherwise specified, I use unbleached all purpose flour. I don’t have room in my pantry to store all the different types of flour. 🙂

  2. Michael Lewis says

    Oh, yeah! I GOTTA try this! The GrandGirls will be all over them! (You do need a “print this recipe button, though…) (Actually, YOU don’t – but I do!)

    • I do need to get some type of “print recipe” button. I haven’t been able to find one yet that’s easy to install. I just need more hours in the day! 🙂

  3. Just came across your site looking for alternative to crescent rolls for pigs in a blanket. I always make them for parties… The kids and adults always seem to like the old favorite. Just wanted to leave a comment cuz I got such a laugh out of you eating the roll herself… Good mom. I’m sticking with you and now know how I’ll be resolving conflicts going forward :0)

    Going to try these garlic knots too! Yummmm

  4.…. where was the drool warning for this??? LOL Can’t wait to try and make these little gems!

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