Italian Garlic Knots

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Italian Garlic knots are one of those guilty bread pleasures you can't stop eating.

These are an authentic homemade version not to be confused with imitation styles made with refrigerator dough or American style bread dough which has milk as an ingredient in the dough.

This is a hard-crusted Italian dough brushed with seasoned garlic butter and olive oil, then dipped into a favorite homemade sauce.

If you want the real deal just like making homemade bread, garlic bread, or one of the best appetizers on the planet, then spend the extra time to make these from scratch.

It's certainly easier to buy the dough, just be sure it's from an Italian bakery, and not that frozen stuff in the supermarket!

The experience of eating these garlic knots must be made from scratch for the best results and I can't stress that enough.

Certainly it's a matter of preference, but I promise you one taste and you won't go back to that restaurant you order these at, oh and by the way, make 3 batches they won't last long!

Try my homemade pizza dough for a real Authentic Italian Pizza dough.

Scroll down to the recipe card and print this off, you won't want to lose this one.

this is a photo of garlic knots being dipped into marinara sauce on a checkboard of red and white paper. There is a bottle of wine with a straw bottom, tomato and garlic in the background

These are baked pizza dough with garlic them tied into knots

Italian Appetizers

Italians love appetizers and if you ever go out to dinner, these little bundles are usually on your table in an Italian restaurant.

Sometimes we have to get a second basket just because they're so addicting.

You all know what I mean.

Then you fill up on all the bread and have your dinner goes home in one of those styrofoam things!

Make these at home and you will see, these are the best you'll ever have and be proud of yourself that you made them!

A photo of garlic balls with Pecorino Romano Cheese and herbs on them rolled in Olive oil

Some Tips and Suggestions

  • Start with small amounts of dough
  • Roll into ropes then tie in a knot
  • Always brush the seasoning oil on while warm
  • Use only a few tablespoons of dough or you'll end up with rolls
  • Make your dough homemade
  • The marinara dipping sauce is by choice, use whatever you like or leave them plain

Italian style dough made into garlic knots rolled into oil and herbs with spices on wax paper

The Dough

I can't stress enough, just like your enjoying a slice of favorite pizza, the dough must be GREAT!

Starting out with mediocre dough will ruin your recipe!

If you have a family favorite recipe for pizza dough use it, I may be biased but that's the secret to perfect knots!

I know that plenty of recipes for garlic knots start with pre-made dough, and I totally get it in a hurry, but trust me on this one, homemade from scratch will be an authentic taste

Nothing will compare and you will get a high-class Italian restaurant-style knot, not some gas station-fast food kind!

Ok, enough said, it's your decision, rant over.

Once you have the best dough to start with, next is to use lots of flour to roll them into shape.

this is a metal kitchenaid bowl filled with pizza dough

The Seasoning Mix and Sauce

One of the best parts of this recipe is the marinara homemade sauce and the garlic drizzle over these garlic knots, that's so addicting.

The garlic at the end minced on top with grated cheese is like the frosting on a cake.

This seasoning mix is also perfect for dipping Italian freshly made bread into it and can be used for
even tossing chicken cutlets into after they're fried or baked.

Both the marinara sauce and seasoning sauce are so versatile for pasta, bread and so much more.

You will want to use it on everything that Italian you make!

this is a ball of pizza dough in flour on a white cutting board

Shaping Them

Yes, these are rolled exactly into knots, but you can make other shapes.

Garlic sticks, garlic twists, pretzels, braids, garlic balls, it really doesn't matter what shape you make, they will still taste amazing.

This is the part that you can save time, make a  round golf ball size dough rolled in flour, and set it on the cookies sheet, garlic balls it is!

See wasn't that easy?

When I have to make more than 3 lbs, I opt for making these into the balls!

these are different shapes of pizza dough made into sticks, braids, knots and balls

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Garlic Knots

  • 1 lb dough homemade Italian pizza dough or use store-bought (for best results only use an Italian dough, not frozen roll bread dough or refrigerated pizza biscuit dough, these will not be authentic style. I recommend on homemade always first)
  • Homemade Seasoning Mix
  • (dried or fresh) oregano, parsley, and basil
  • granulated garlic powder or more to taste
  • salt, black pepper to taste
  • garlic powder
  • romano/parmesan cheese or more to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil or butter
  • melted butter
  • all-purpose flour for rolling
  • Garnish
  • finely minced fresh garlic,
  • freshly chopped parsley.
  • red pepper flakes
  • grated cheese
  • Marinara sauce

These are raw garlic knots on a cookie sheet rising

Try Some Other Delicious Recipes We Love:

Mom's Focaccia
Fried Dough
Broccoli Rabe Sausage Bread Dough
Copycat Pizza Recipe
Simple Marinara Sauce
Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

This is marinara sauce with garlic knots to dip in it

Fantastic Anytime!

If you want a snack, dinner appetizer or game day idea for pick foods, these little garlic bread knots will be the hit of your gathering.

I bet they won't last the first hour, give them a try and let me know what you think.

Don't forget to pin Italian Garlic Knots for Later!

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Yield: 24

recipe card for garlic knots

Authentic Homemade Italian Garlic Knots

prep time: 25 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 50 M
These are all made from scratch, the dough, the seasoning, and garnish. These are best appetizer on the planet if you're a bread lover, these garlic knots are the best ever!


  • 1 lb dough homemade Italian Pizza dough or use store-bought (for best results only use an Italian dough, not frozen roll bread dough or refrigerated pizza biscuit dough, these will not be authentic style. I recommend on homemade always first)
  • Flour for rolling
  • Seasoning Mix
  • 1 teaspoon each (dried or fresh) oregano, parsley, and basil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder or more to taste
  • salt, black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Romano/Parmesan cheese or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Garnish 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh garlic, freshly chopped parsley. red pepper flakes, grated cheese
  • Marinara sauce for dipping them in.


How to cook Authentic Homemade Italian Garlic Knots

  1. Whisk all seasoning listed in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough for each knot into a log shape and twist into a knot. Place on an oil sprayed cookie sheet or parchment paper.
  3. Let rest around 1/2 hour before baking.
  4. The longer they rise the bigger they get and lighter the dough.
  5. You will need to work with these to see how big you like them.
  6. Bake the knots at 400 degrees until lightly browned around 25 minutes or longer. Cool slightly.
  7. Toss the knots in the seasoning mix in a large bowl or big plastic bag.
  8. Spread on a tray. Sprinkle with freshly minced garlic and parsley
  9. .
  10. Drizzle more olive oil if too dry. You can also add red pepper flakes on top and more grated cheese.
  11. Dip in marinara sauce!


When making the knots, you can make them into twists, balls, knots, braids or even loops. Anything is fine, just start out with an Italian based dough that has no milk in the recipe they will be too soft and not authentic style.
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garlic knots with olive oil on the pizza dough

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Italian Bread Sticks
Cheesy Garlic Knots
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Zucchini Pizza

this is a collage for making garlic knots

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2016. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. Anything with GARLIC would be a hit at our home! These look mouthwatering.

  2. These look SOOOO good! I must try them!

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  4. Looks like the perfect go-with for any Italian meal.

  5. Dear Claudia,

    I know these would disappear in a NY minute!!!
    xoxox Catherine

  6. I love knotted rolls---and your garlicky version would disappear quickly around here! Congratulations on the new bambina---she is beautiful!!! xoxo

  7. Bread is my weakness, and these garlic knots look incredible! I can't wait to try them!

  8. Bread is my weakness, and these garlic knots look incredible! I can't wait to try them!

  9. You had me at garlic...and bread! These would go perfect with a bog bowl of pasta!

  10. These knots look amazing and I love your process shots. It'll help me make them!

  11. These garlic knots look incredibly delicious! Yum!

  12. These truly are are best appetizer on the planet! And yes, we are bread lovers ... I mean, who isn't, right? lol Such delicious knots of heaven!

  13. I can almost smell these garlic knots! Yum!

  14. So good! My kids went crazy for these. Thanks for sharing!

  15. These were so good and worth the fuss with dough! Now I just wish I could eat them everyday!

  16. We could not get enough of these! So tasty!

  17. What is the homemade seasoning mix made out of ? Would love to make this

    1. here is the link it's under Italian seasoning


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