These Pizza Dough Garlic Knots are soft, buttery, and taste like they came from a pizzeria! They’re heavenly right out of the oven with all of their buttery-garlic goodness! They’re also super fun to make, so grab the kids and head to the kitchen! 

These garlic knots make twelve servings for only $0.14 per serving. That works out to be $1.69 for the entire recipe. 

Pizza Night with these Garlic Knots is the best night of the week. For pizza inspiration try this Homemade Pizza, this New York Style Thin Crust Pizza, and this BBQ Chicken Pizza.

A close up picture of a pizza dough garlic knot being dipped into pizza sauce.

Ah, garlic knots! Whether I’m ordering pizza or making my own, I always order or make garlic knots to go along with the pizza.

You may be thinking, whoooaaaa, talk about carb overload! You may be right, but when you take your first bite of these knots, you won’t care. They are seriously the stuff your buttery, high-carb, garlic dreams are made of! 

These knots are slightly crusty on the outside, chewy inside, and drenched with the best garlic butter. And when I say garlic butter, I mean GARLIC BUTTER! These knots don’t taste “homemade.” They seriously taste as if they came from your favorite pizzeria! 

Ingredients and Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.14

Recipe Cost: $1.69

  • 1 pound homemade pizza dough ball – $0.66
  • 6 Tablespoons salted butter – $0.60
  • 8 large garlic cloves – $0.40
  • 1 teaspoon water – $0.00
  • ¾ teaspoon dried parsley – $0.02
  • ½ teaspoon salt – $0.01

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.


  1. Make pizza dough and use my all-purpose pizza dough recipe. 
  2. After the dough rises, roll the dough out and cut it into 12 strips. 
  3. Stretch and roll each strip into a 12-inch piece. 
  4. Tie the dough into a knot and tuck both ends into the knot (see the pictures in the recipe below). 
  5. Let the dough rise again until doubled in size. 
  6. Slather with garlic butter, and bake. 
  7. Finally, brush on some more garlic butter and serve while the garlic knots are still nice and warm!

A picture collage of how to make garlic knots with pizza dough.

Recipe Variations:

  • In the garlic butter, you can use dried basil instead of dried parsley. 
  • You can also use fresh herbs instead of dried herbs. You’ll just need to double the herbs in the recipe below. 
  • Sometimes I like to give the knots a nice sprinkling of finely grated parmesan cheese when they come out of the oven the second time. 
  • I sometimes add a sprinkling of sea salt to the top of the knots. When I do this, I forgo the salt in the garlic butter. 
  • You can use olive oil instead of butter if you like the taste of olive oil better. But for me, it’s butter ALL. THE. WAY. 
  • I love making these into a dessert by ditching the garlic and parsley altogether. Just brush the knots with butter and roll them in cinnamon-sugar. Serve them with a thin cream cheese frosting for dipping. So GOOD! They’re like giant pieces of monkey bread! 

Storage Tips

SERVE AND STORE: You can keep these pizza dough garlic knots in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days.

FREEZE: Once the garlic knots are cool, wrap them in two layers of foil and place them in a freezer-safe bag. Freeze for 1 month. Defrost the knots at room temperature for 3-5 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 

REHEAT: Place the garlic knots in a 350 degree F oven for 2-5 minutes or until heated through. Brush with more melted garlic butter if desired. Serve immediately.

MAKE AHEAD: You can make this recipe ahead of time by preparing the recipe through step 8. Then, cover the knots with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. 30 minutes before baking, take the knots out of the refrigerator to sit at room temperature. Proceed with step 9 below. 

A pile of garlic knots on a white platter.

Cook’s Tools

  • baking sheet
  • silicone baking mat
  • wooden ruler
  • rolling pin
  • pizza cutter
  • pastry brush

Recipe FAQ’s

Are garlic knots a New York thing?

Garlic knots were first created at a pizzeria in New York in the 70s to not have any waste from the pizza dough they were making in the restaurant.

What are garlic knots made of?

Garlic knots are made of pizza dough cut into strips and tied into knots. They are then topped with lots of melted butter and, of course, garlic.

Garlic knots with pizza sauce for dipping.

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4.63 from 16 votes

Garlic Knots

Recipe Cost $ $1.69
Serving Cost $ $0.14
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
12 people
These Pizza Dough Garlic Knots are soft, buttery, and taste like they came from a pizzeria! They’re heavenly right out of the oven with all of their buttery-garlic goodness! 


  • baking sheet
  • silicone baking sheet
  • pastry brush
  • pizza cutter


  • 1 pound pizza dough ball* homemade or store-bought
  • 6 tablespoon salted butter
  • 8 large garlic cloves pressed with a garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ¾ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pizza sauce for dipping optional



  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.


  • Place the pizza dough onto a floured surface and roll it into a 12×6-inch rectangle.
  • Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into 12 6-inch strips.
  • Stretch and roll each strip into a 12-inch long piece.
  • Tie a piece of dough into a knot.
  • Tuck one end of the dough into the center of the knot.
  • Pull the other end of the dough up through the center of the knot and tuck in the end.
  • Place the knot on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining strips of dough. Please each knot 2-inches apart on the baking sheet, and cover the knots loosely with plastic wrap.
  • Let the knots rise until doubled in size, about 40-60 minutes.


  • Move oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  • After the knots have risen for 25 minutes, make the garlic butter. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Once melted, add the garlic and water and cook, stirring frequently, until the tiny pieces of garlic are straw-colored, about 2-3 minutes. Take the saucepan off the heat, stir in the parsley and salt and set aside.


  • Once the knots have doubled in size, discard the plastic wrap and bake the knots for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the knots from the oven, brush with half of the garlic butter, rotate the pan, and bake for another 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush the garlic knots with the remaining garlic butter. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Finally, serve warm.



You can use my pizza dough recipe for these garlic knots or dough that you buy from the grocery store (NOT pizza dough from a tube) or your favorite pizzeria. My dough recipe makes a 2-pound dough ball. For this recipe, use my pizza dough recipe after it has risen and doubled in size.
Let the pizza dough rise in the refrigerator overnight in a large bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let the dough ball sit at room temperature for 40 minutes before you proceed with the recipe. This also goes for cold pizza dough that you buy from the grocery store; let it sit at room temperature for 40 minutes before you proceed with the recipe.


Serving: 1knot | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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  1. wilhelmina says:

    Garlic knots are my favorite and these do not disappoint! Perfectly chewy and buttery!

  2. Aimee Shugarman says:

    These are SO GOOD. We added some diced pepperoni, yum!

  3. Yup, my WEAKNESS. I LOVE garlic knots so much. TOO much. You make them waaaayyy too easy!

  4. Valentina says:

    I have never mat a person who didn’t LOVE garlic knots. I could eat a dozen — all at once. Beautiful!

  5. Jacqueline Debono says:

    These garlic knots are calling my name! Move over garlic bread! Can’t wait to try them!

  6. Amy | The Cook Report says:

    These look so good, perfect for an easy party snack!

  7. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    I never met a garlic knot I didnt love and these are pretty much perfection wow I want to eat these right now!

  8. Mother of 3 says:

    Those look delicious! I’ve taken to making garlic knots to serve whenever I’d normally serve garlic bread as just a slight variation. I typically make my garlic knots with crescent rolls but love the idea of using pizza crust. I bet they’d be fuller and chewier. Pinned.

    1. Garlic Knots are my absolute favorite, enjoy! 🙂

  9. I agree! Sometimes you’ve just got to forget about the carbs and calories. These knots are so worth it!

  10. Emily Flint says:

    Somehow I forgot about garlic knots since we don’t go out to eat that much anymore. But I found your recipe, got some pizza dough, and made my own at home. Brilliant!

  11. Such a really delicious recipe!! Love how easy it is to follow! Thanks!

  12. Jessica Stroup says:

    My kids may never let me have pasta night without these! They are fabulous!

    1. So glad you all enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by to let me know! 🙂