Irresistible Homemade Garlic Knots That Outshine Papa John’s

Are you tired of mediocre take-out garlic knots? Look no further! These homemade garlic knots are soft, buttery, and bursting with flavor. Say goodbye to store-bought and hello to a delectable, homemade treat. This recipe is incredibly easy and can be ready in just about an hour. Whether you pair them with pizza, salad, soup, or enjoy them as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce, these garlic knots are guaranteed to elevate your meal to the next level.

Elevate Your Pizza Night

Pizza night is always a hit, and what’s better than making everything from scratch? Switch things up with some mouthwatering Cast Iron Pan Pizza or indulge in a Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza. Pair your pizza with a side of Chopped Kale Salad for a well-rounded meal. And for dessert, you can’t go wrong with our Easy Fresh Fruit Pizza!

Italian cuisine isn’t complete without a garlicky, buttery carb on the side. Sure, you can find garlic knots at Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Dominos, and other pizza places, but there’s something special about making them at home. The aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through your house will awaken your senses and make you want to bake every day!

The Perfect Recipe for Beginners

Don’t let the thought of making homemade bread intimidate you. This easy garlic knot recipe is perfect for beginner bakers. The dough is forgiving, requiring only one short rise, and shaping the knots is as simple as tying a basic knot. But the results? Impressive and mouthwatering.

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The Magic of Pantry Staples

It’s incredible how basic pantry ingredients can come together to create such a delicious and savory treat. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need for these irresistible garlic knots:


  • Yeast: This is what makes the bread rise. Active dry yeast works perfectly for this recipe.
  • Warm water: The yeast needs warm water (around 105-110 degrees F) to activate and allow the dough to rise properly.
  • Sugar: The yeast feeds on sugar to help it grow.
  • Salt: Essential for flavor, the addition of salt ensures these garlic knots don’t taste bland.
  • Flour: Plain, all-purpose flour is the main ingredient here. You can also opt for bread flour if you prefer a slightly chewier texture.


  • Butter: Is there anything better than freshly baked bread paired with butter? Melted, salted butter coats each knot, adding richness and a hint of saltiness.
  • Garlic bread seasoning: You can use store-bought garlic bread seasoning or make your own.

Garlic Bread Seasoning: Combine ½ cup powdered Parmesan cheese with 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons dried basil, 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon marjoram. Mix well. You won’t need all of it for these garlic knots, so store the extra seasoning in the fridge for future use.

Let’s Get Cooking!

Now that you have all the ingredients, let’s dive into the cooking process:

  1. Mix! Start by combining water, yeast, sugar, and salt with 1 cup of flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.
  2. Slowly add more flour. Gradually add more flour, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition, until the dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl. You might not need all of the flour.
  3. Knead and rise. Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes, then lightly grease the bowl and return the dough to it. Cover it with plastic wrap or a clean cloth and let it rise for 30-45 minutes, until it doubles in size.
  4. Punch and divide. Once the dough has risen, punch it down, divide it into 12 equal-sized pieces, and tie the garlic knots.

For detailed instructions on how to tie the perfect knot, check out the images below:

  1. Cover and rise. Loosely cover the knots with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let them rise for a second time while preheating the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Bake! Bake the knots for 10-12 minutes, or until they turn golden brown on top.
  3. Brush with butter. As soon as the garlic knots come out of the oven, brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with the garlic bread seasoning. These knots are best enjoyed fresh and hot!
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Storing and Freezing Garlic Knots

If you can’t finish all the garlic knots, don’t worry. You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 or 5 days. They can be eaten as is or reheated in the oven or microwave. To prevent them from drying out in the microwave, wrap the knots in a wet paper towel.

For those times when you want to have garlic knots on hand, you can freeze them. After they have cooled, wrap them in plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn and store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 2-3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply reheat them in the oven or microwave.

Perfect Pairings

These homemade garlic knots are incredibly versatile and pair well with a variety of dishes. They’re the perfect accompaniment to pizza, pasta, soups, and salads. The options are endless!


More Delicious Recipes to Try

If you’re a fan of homemade bread and crave more delightful recipes, give these a try:

  • Grilled Garlic Bread
  • Soft Garlic Parmesan Homemade Breadsticks
  • Best Challah Bread Recipe
  • Homemade Potato Bread Recipe

What are you waiting for? It’s time to roll up your sleeves, get your apron on, and create these heavenly homemade garlic knots that will leave Papa John’s in the dust. Enjoy the enticing aroma of freshly baked bread as you savor each bite. You won’t be able to resist these irresistible treats!

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