Several garlic knots sprinkled with cheese sit upon a baking sheet

Garlic Bread Herb Knots (recipe adapted from a youth’s CFL menu activity)

Serving 9 KNOTS



  • 2-2 1/4 cups bread flour* divided (250-295g)
  • 2 ½ tsp dry instant yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 TBSP olive oil + additional
  • ¾ cup warm water 105-115F [40-46C] (180ml)

Garlic Butter:

  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter 
  • 3 cloves minced garlic about 1 ½ Tablespoons 
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil (or herb of your choice, like rosemary, thyme, parsley) 
  • Grated parmesan cheese  


  1. Preheat oven to 400F (205C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup (125g) of flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt, and garlic powder and stir well. 
  3. Add olive oil and warm water and use a wooden spoon to stir until all ingredients are well-combined. 
  4. Gradually add another 1 cup (125g) of flour. Slowly add additional amount of flour as needed (may need another ¼ cup or so), stirring or kneading with your hands until the dough forms a cohesive, elastic ball and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the bowl (see video below recipe for visual). The dough will still be tacky but still should be manageable with your hands. 
  5. Drizzle a separate, large, clean bowl generously with olive oil and use a pastry brush to brush up the sides of the bowl. 
  6. Transfer your dough to prepared bowl and roll the dough through the oil until the entire surface of the dough is lightly coated with oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place on top of your oven to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. 
  7. Once the dough has risen, use your hands to gently deflate it and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Form into a log about 15” long and cut into 9 even pieces. 
  8. Roll each piece between your palms and slightly pull it to form a rope about 8” long (lightly dust the dough with flour if needed). 
  9. Carefully tie each rope into a knot and place on prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush with olive oil if desired. 
  10.  Set tray on top of warm oven and let garlic knots rest/rise for 5 minutes before baking. 
  11.  Transfer to oven and bake on 400F (205C) for 13 minutes or until just beginning to turn a light golden  brown. Meanwhile, prepare garlic butter. 
  12.  Combine butter and garlic in a small saucepan over medium/low heat. Cook until butter is melted and garlic is fragrant. 
  13.  Remove from heat and stir in minced basil/herb. Once knots have finished baking, use a pastry brush to generously brush garlic butter mixture over each knot. Sprinkle with grated parmesan, if desired.