Homemade Garlic Knots (With Step By Step Pictures)

This is a quick blog post about my experience with making garlic knots for the first time. If this is your first time reading my food Friday post, please note that this is not a recipe blog post, just my experience with making the recipe. I did provide the link for the recipe in case anyone is interested.

On Tuesday I decided to make spaghetti and meatballs for lunch and half way through cooking I decided I wanted garlic knots. I was pretty sure I had all the ingredients at home but I’ve also never made it before and I wanted a super simple recipe that wouldn’t require my dough to rise for hours. After doing some research, I came across this one.

Here are the ingredients:


  • ▢ 2-2 1/3 cups bread flour* divided (250-295g)
  • ▢ 1 packet instant yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • ▢ 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • ▢ 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ▢ ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ▢ 2 Tablespoons olive oil + additional
  • ▢ 3/4 cup warm water 105-115F [40-46C] (180ml)

Garlic Butter:

  • ▢ 4 Tablespoons salted butter
  • ▢ 3 cloves minced garlic about 1 ½ Tablespoons
  • ▢ 1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • ▢ Grated parmesan cheese optional

My Experience

I didn’t plan on posting this but after I combined all the ingredients, I figured it would be a great for food Friday. This was really quick and easy to make.

I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough flour but I had just enough. I still have some wheat flour left over from a recipe I made a few weeks ago that I planned on using as a substitute but turns out I didn’t need it. In addition to what’s mentioned in the recipe above, I added a healthy dash of herbs de provence, garlic powder and onion powder to the dough.

After I combined all the ingredients
Slowly adding in the remaining flour to form the dough

What I loved the most about this recipe was, the dough only had to rise for 30mins. With recipes I tried in the past, that required making dough from scratch, it was usually a 90mins rise time and I didn’t want to wait that long this time around.

After the dough has been formed, waiting to rise.
After it’s doubled in size

If you’ve never baked from scratch, after the dough rises you punch it down to let out the extra air. Instead of placing the dough on the counter, I used aluminum foil that I dusted lightly with flour so the dough wouldn’t stick to the surface and so I can start the process of forming the dough into garlic knots. Pics of the process below.

The beginning stage of forming the dough
Not the best interpretation of a log but it got the job done lol

The one downfall for me was that the dough was kinda sticky to work with that was probably my fault, I could’ve just added more flour to my hands and the surface to prevent that.

Prepared dough, ready for knots

I wish I could have taken a picture of the knotting process but I needed both hands but it’s literally like tying a knot, you just have to be careful that you don’t manipulate it too much or else it will break.

You have the option to tuck the ends in or leave them out. I chose to tuck mine in.

I wish I would have kept them in the oven longer to brown the top some more but the bottom was really starting to brown and I didn’t want them to burn so I took them out. I also made the garlic butter but i didn’t capture the process because it was basically melting butter in a pan with basil and chopped garlic.

Fresh out the oven and brushed with the garlic butter

I would definitely make this recipe again and I would suggest making it if you’re looking for a quick an easy last minute garlic knot recipe to go with your dinner. Also, it wasn’t a very large batch. I was only making it for myself so I didn’t want a large family portion, I believe this only made 8-10 so it was perfect. Some of the other recipes I found made 16 or more.

This marinara sauce was left over from the Spaghetti and Meatballs that I made.

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Published by tam33ks

I have a long history with mental illness. Overcoming depression made me realize my own resilience. It also made it clear that I wasn’t taking care of myself. I believe that in order for us to fully engage with ourselves and others we have to make time for self-love through our self-care habits. My goal with this blog is to encourage women in my age group to make time for self-care daily.

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