Scratch Made: Garlic Knots


All these garlic knot recipes floating around online lately got them stuck in my head.

Plus, they were one bread item I had yet to make!


I used to be terrified of baking with yeast, but it’s so simple. Yeah, it adds another step but it makes such a difference in the final product.

You just can’t get that flavor without it!

Basic Garlic Knots

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  1. In bowl, mix yeast, agave, and warm water. Let sit 5-10 minutes or until creamy.
  2. In large bowl, mix dry ingredients together.
  3. Add yeast mixture and oil to flour and knead until dough comes together and is smooth.
  4. Put dough into oiled bowl, cover, and let rise about 2 hours or until doubled.
  5. Preheat oven to 450.
  6. Once dough has doubled, punch down.
  7. Tear off golf-ball size rounds, roll out into long strips and tie into knots.
  8. Place on baking sheet or stone and bake 11-12 minutes.
  9. While hot, toss knots in mixture of olive oil or butter, minced garlic, and salt.


I made these Sunday afternoon and we had them along with some homemade chicken noodle soup.


I love them simple like this: just tossed with salt, garlic, and olive oil.

But they’d be delicious tossed with some fresh herbs like oregano and basil and parsley, too.

Tying these little garlic knots gave me a little practice, too – I may try making soft pretzels soon! That’s another item on my I’m-intimidated-to-make-these-on-my-own list.

If I can make homemade garlic knots, you can, too.

So get in that kitchen and bake!


  1. Garlic anything works for me but these knots look so chewy and tasty. Can imagine them alongside a bowl of pasta with a nice hearty sauce. That’s it – I’m going to have to make them.

  2. I love garlic knots! These look great! I want pasta with some garlic knots. :)

  3. Yay! I was waiting for these. Love that you used whole wheat flour. They look awesome.

  4. YUM! Soft pretzels are super easy and fun. Growing up, my mom would make soft pretzel dough on Sunday nights, then my brother and I would shape them into all sorts of crazy animals and what object we wanted. They looked super silly, but tasted great!

  5. I love garlic knots! Those look so simple and easy :)

  6. These garlic knots look really pretty. They seems to be simple to make too. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Yum! I think those may have to go on my Thanksgiving menu! :)

  8. oh my… these sound fabulous. it’s this kind of thing I miss now that I am gluten free… and sadly I doubt they’d be the same if I made them :D

  9. garlic is so amazing and I bet they added some amazing taste !

  10. Yessss these look so good! The Man would eat probably like 43 of them in one sitting, but that’s just my guess ;)

  11. Those look fabulous, but I know how much it takes me get my bread baking so I’ll probably hold out for the pretzel recipe :) I know where my obsessions lie!

  12. This just made my mouth water! The garlic on top….YUM!

  13. I’ve seen many garlic knots all over the place too. Must make ASAP!

  14. Yum – nice job! My mom ran a daycare when I was in junior high – she used to make the dough and time it so that we kids could all form the pretzels after school. So easy, and soooo good! Go for it, and don’t be intimidated!

  15. I am a huge fan of garlic. Just be glad you don’t know me in real life – I put garlic on EVERYTHING. ;-)

  16. Garlic knots are delicious! It sounds terrible, but I’m used to eating them with pizza. Soup is a much healthier (less carb-laden) idea. They look awesome!

  17. i’ve never made homemade garlic knots before – love that they’re made of whole wheat too.

  18. I love making things from scratch–it’s so much more rewarding. Looks like yours turned out delicious!

  19. I am so intimidated by making my own bread or rolls. These look SO good, I need to try it out!

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