Brown Butter Garlic Knots

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Easy to make Brown Butter Garlic Knots are fluffy on the inside and are bursting with garlic butter flavor.  They are great with salads, soups, pasta, or on their own!

A basket of Garlic Knots.

Do you ever have one of those day where your intentions to make something are good, you have all the ingredients, and then when 6 o’clock rolls around you realize you’re a failure?  Yeah, that was pretty much my Saturday.

I had planned on making homemade garlic rolls to go with our soup dinner and I had everything I needed to make them.  When husband asked what was for dinner it suddenly hit me that I hadn’t made the dough.

Since homemade dough takes hours to make I knew it wasn’t in the cards.   I looked in the refrigerator hoping to find something I could use and noticed I had a ball of pizza dough I had gotten at the market a few days earlier.  I figured I could just use that to make the garlic knots.


  • pizza dough
  • butter (I use salted butter because it browns nicely and gives the garlic knots flavor)
  • garlic cloves (use as many as you’d like!)
  • Italian seasonings (or you can use oregano)
  • salt
  • black pepper

Using refrigerated pizza dough makes this such an easy recipe.   I took the dough out and let it sit for about 15 minutes before I made the garlic knots but it depends on what type of dough you have.

A baking sheet with pizza dough garlic knots on them.

Once the dough was at room temperature I cut it into 12 pieces.   Then I tied each piece in a knot.

Next I sprayed a pan and put the garlic knots on the pan.  Then I baked them for around 25 minutes.  Again, this depends on your type of dough.  Refrigerated dough that comes in a tube will cook faster than pizza dough that is in a ball.

How do I tie the dough into a knot?

Once I have the dough cut into pieces I roll it into a long snake.  I try to make it at least 9 inches in length.  Then I simply tie it in a loose knot.   You can also press the dough to flatten it and tie it that way as well.

How do I brown butter?

Cut your butter into a few pieces and put it in a small pan over medium heat.   Medium heat is the desired heat because it’s hot enough to get it brown but low enough that it’s harder for it to burn.

Stir the butter with a wooden spoon the entire time it is cooking.  This will help it to heat evenly.  Once the butter melts it will sizzle and foam.   Keep stirring.

In about 5 minutes the butter will begin to have a nutty smell and will start to color.   Keep stirring on the heat until the butter is golden brown and you can see brown specks at the bottom of the pan.  Remove from heat and pour the butter into a heatproof bowl.

Can I add herbs and spices to the dough?

You can add any dried herbs or spices to the dough by sprinkling it on the dough and gently kneading it into the dough.   However, it’s easier to add the herbs to the butter after it’s browned and brushing it on the garlic knots during baking.

How do I store these garlic knots?

Garlic knots can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.  Feel free to warm them up in the microwave or oven before serving.

While the garlic knots are baking I made my browned butter.  As soon as the butter has browned remove from heat and stir in the garlic, Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper.

Pin Image:  A basket of Garlic Knots, text title, all the ingredients for Garlic Knots.

About halfway through the cooking I remove the garlic knots from the oven and dip the tops of them into the brown butter.   Place them back on the baking sheet and continue to bake.

Once the garlic rolls have finished baking remove from the oven and brush the tops with the remaining brown butter.

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These garlic knots are so good.  The insides are super soft and the brown butter with the garlic and seasonings is totally tasty.  They are great with salads, soups, or even pasta dishes.

A basket of garlic knots and a hand holding a garlic knot ripped in half.

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A basket of Garlic Knots.

Brown Butter Garlic Knots

Yield: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy to make Brown Butter Garlic Knots are fluffy on the inside and are bursting with garlic butter flavor.


  • 1 lb. refrigerated pizza dough
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Remove the dough from the package.  Cut into 12 pieces. 
  3. Roll each piece into a 9 inch rope.  Tie each strip in a knot.
  4. Place the knots on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Cook until
    lightly browned.  Immediately add in the Italian seasonings, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.
  6. Dip the tops of the garlic knots into the brown butter and place back on the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the knots are cooked and begin to brown.
  8. Remove from oven and brush the garlic knots with the remaining garlic butter.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, November 2013

A basket filled with garlic knots.

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  1. I love that you made these with pizza dough! It makes them super easy to make. And they look so delicious, too!

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