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Easy Garlic Knots (with Pizza Dough)

These homemade garlic knots are extra tender and fluffy, and topped with a flavorful garlic herb mixture. Made with just 4 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes, these are the perfect appetizer or side to almost any main dish!

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Pizza Dough Garlic Knots

There is nothing better than a hot tender roll straight from the oven. And when you throw on an Italian garlic oil mixture you have one melt-in-your-mouth delicious little bit! That is exactly what these homemade garlic knots are: a tantalizing flavor loaded little baked treat!

And if you are someone who isn’t comfortable with baking with yeast, no worries! These homemade garlic knots are made with store bought pizza dough which makes them oh-so-easy to make and come together in a matter of minutes. 

But really, if the smell of fresh rolls cooking in the oven isn’t mouthwatering enough, the aroma of the fresh garlic oil warming on the stovetop while the knots are baking makes it nearly impossible to wait for them to be finished.

And if you’re like me, you may be tempted to snatch a knot or two as soon as they come out of the oven, but trust me, spend the extra few minutes coating them in that garlic oil. Then give them a few seconds to absorb all that Italian garlicky goodness. I know it’s hard to wait but trust me, you’ll be so happy you did!

Are garlic knots a New York thing?

Garlic knots originated in Brooklyn pizzerias in the 1940s as a means to use up the left over dough scraps. While garlic knots are primarily found in pizzerias around New York City, these tasty garlic bread substitutes have made their way into the hearts of all around the country!

Reasons you will love them

  • just 4 ingredients
  • tender and fluffy
  • they freeze beautifully
  • no waiting for the dough to rise
  • no messing with yeast
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Ingredients Needed

Pizza dough – I like the pre-made pizza dough in the refrigerated section because it rolls out into a rectangle and is easy to portion. But you can also use breadstick dough if you find it. My local market sells pizza dough in the bakery department and it will last for a few days in the fridge.

Olive oil – Use extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor. If you prefer you can substitute melted butter!

Garlic – Fresh minced garlic is the best but you can also use the jarred minced garlic. I don’t recommend using garlic powder as the flavor isn’t as robust as with fresh garlic.

Italian seasoning – I like to use a homemade Italian seasoning but you can also use pizza spices or your own mixture of oregano, rosemary, basil, and other spices you enjoy.

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How to make pizza dough garlic knots

ONE: Preheat the oven to 375F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

TWO: Mix the garlic and oil mixture in a small bowl and set aside to allow the flavors to mix.

THREE: Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 16 pieces. Tie them into knots, much like a pretzel, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt.

FOUR: Bake the knots for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place in a large bowl. Pour the garlic oil mixture over the warm knots and toss to coat. Serve warm and enjoy.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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How to tie garlic knots

Tying garlic knots is easier than you think. If you can tie your shoe, you can shape garlic knots.

  1. Shape pizza dough: Shape the dough into a small rectangle (approximately 8″ x 12″)
  2. Cut into strips: Cut the dough into 8 1″ thick strips. Then cut each strip in half so you have 16 total pieces.
  3. Roll each strip into a 6-8″ rope.
  4. Tie the rope into a knot. You can tuck the ends underneath the knot or leave them out, it’s totally up to you.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, they can be frozen. However; I recommend par-baking and then placing in freezer. If you plan on freezing, bake garlic knots at 275 degrees. With cooking at this low temperature, the knots are technically cooked all the way through, but will look pale and underdone.

Once cooled, place in a freezer safe storage container or freezer ziplock bag. When you’re ready to enjoy, take them out of the freezer, bake until golden brown, coat in garlic oil mixture, serve, and enjoy!

Par-baking will ensure the flavor and texture of the knots is fresh, tender, and fluffy because you aren’t browning twice.

What to serve with garlic knots

Garlic knots are the perfect side to any salad or main dish! I love serving with Baked Rigatoni Pasta or spaghetti and meatballs. And of course, you can always serve as an appetizer before pizza!

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Tips for No Leftovers

  • Homemade seasoning is best but use your favorite mix of Italian spices.
  • Sprinkle with salt before baking so the salt will stick to the dough better.
  • Toss the garlic knots in the oil mixture when they are hot so they absorb the flavors. If you baked them earlier, warm them in the oven for a few minutes before tossing for best results.
  • Use melted butter in place of the olive oil for a richer flavor. Bake as usual and pour the butter mixture over the warm knots.
  • Save leftover garlic oil/garlic butter in the fridge and toss it over some hot pasta for a quick meal!

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These homemade buttery garlic knots are the perfect side to any main dish. Easy to make, freezer friendly, and oh-so-addicting there’s no way you’re going to be able to eat just one!

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Garlic Knots from Pizza Dough

Yield: 16 knots
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These homemade garlic knots are extra tender and fluffy, and topped with a flavorful garlic herb mixture. Made with just 4 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes, these are the perfect appetizer or side to almost any main dish!


  • 1 package (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza dough (I use the Pillsbury brand but you can also buy fresh from the bakery)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon homemade Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt


    1. Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Prepare the garlic oil

    1. In a large, deep bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning.
    2. Stir to mix and set aside.

Bake the garlic knots

  1. Unroll the pizza dough and cut into 8 strips and then cut those in half so you have 16 pieces.
  2. Tie each piece like a pretzel and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake 13 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. When knots are done, remove from oven and add to the bowl containing the oil mixture.
  6. Toss to coat the warm garlic knots.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. You can serve with a dipping sauce. I use a spicy marinara, or you can eat them just like they are!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 knots
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 485mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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