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Garlic Knots

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5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 11 mins
Rising Time: 1 hr
Serves 8
These garlic knots are soft, fluffy, and filled with rich, savory garlic flavor. Enjoy them as a snack or appetizer, or serve them as a side dish with pizza, pasta, or a holiday dinner.


  • ¾ cup warm water, 105° to 115°F
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 ¼-ounce package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled (250g), plus more for kneading
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled (62g)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated

Topping options

  • Chopped parsley
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Grated Parmesan or Vegan Parmesan
  • Red pepper flakes


  • In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup of the water and the maple syrup and sprinkle with the yeast. Stir and set aside for 5 minutes, until the yeast is foamy.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flours and sea salt. Add the yeast mixture, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and the remaining ½ cup of water. Mix on medium-low speed until the dough forms into a ball around the hook, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead several times, sprinkling with more flour if the dough is still sticky. Brush the inside of a large bowl with olive oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, 40 to 60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Uncover the dough, punch it down a few times, and transfer to a lightly-floured surface. Cut the dough into 8 equal sections and roll each section into a 9-inch long rope. Grab the ends of each dough rope, tie into a knot shape, and tuck in the ends. Arrange the knots on the prepared baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the garlic. Set aside.
  • Bake the knots for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown on the outside. Brush the garlic oil on top and sprinkle with desired toppings.