Cheesy Crescent Roll Garlic Knots

Last Updated on September 21, 2022 by Kayla Berman

Crescent Roll Garlic Knots are a quick, easy, and delicious recipe! Made with pre-made crescent roll dough, butter, fresh garlic, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese … these homemade knots are buttery, cheesy, flavorful, and crispy on top. They are the perfect savory side dish or appetizer recipe for an Italian dinner!

crescent roll garlic knots

Buttery, Flavorful, & Flakey Homemade Garlic Knots

Buttery crescent rolls can be made into so many flakey and delicious creations. Like monkey bread, cobbler, or cinnamon rolls.

But probably the best move is to coat these buttery pieces of pastry dough in more butter, cheese, and garlic. And make garlic knots!

Ugh, they are truly a savory side dish masterpiece.

These semi-homemade knots use pre-made refrigerated dough which makes them incredibly easy! No rolling pin or kneading needed.

Stuffed and topped with parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, fresh garlic, and butter … this recipe puffs up into big beautiful, crispy knots. They are an amazing side dish or appetizer to any pizza or pasta night!

a crescent roll garlic knot dipped in marinara sauce

Ingredients

Crescent Roll Garlic Knots are a flavorful, yet easy recipe with only 6 ingredients!

Ingredient Notes

  • Crescent Rolls: You will nee 2 cans of crescent rolls for this simple recipe. Any brand or type should work, but I always use Pillsbury.
  • Butter: These rolls are deliciously buttery and rich. Which means you need butter! 1/2 cup of salted butter specifically. You could also use unsalted butter and add salt to taste.
  • Cheese: This recipe calls for two types of cheese, mozzarella and parmesan. The result is golden brown cheesy perfection. Add 1/2 cup parmesan and 1 cup mozzarella.
  • Garlic: Garlic! The most important ingredient in any homemade garlic bread or knot. You’ll need 1 1/2 tbsp of fresh minced garlic. Or however much garlic your heart desires.
  • Italian Seasoning: 1 tsp of Italian seasoning is used in the garlic herb butter. It adds all the right flavor!

Substitutions & Additions

There are a few substitutions and additions you could make to these cheesy garlic knots to meet your personal preferences, tastes, or needs!

Dough: I have not tested the recipe with anything other than crescent roll dough, but I think you could use breadstick dough or pizza dough. You just may need a slightly different method for stuffing the dough or skip the stuffing all together and put all the garlic butter on the outside.

Cheese: Any type of cheese you enjoy should work here. I love parmesan and mozzarella for the Italian flavor, but you could try others as well. Perhaps provolone or cheddar.

Fresh Herbs: Fresh herbs would add an incredible flavor, brightness, and freshness to this recipe. Add fresh parsley, oregano, or basil.

Garlic Powder: You could add extra flavor to these knots with garlic powder, or entirely replace the fresh garlic with it. Fresh will produce the best results, but if you don’t have it powder will work just fine!

Mix-Ins: Adding some mix-ins to these knots would be such a tasty option! Mini pepperoni, shredded chicken, spinach, or broccoli would be delicious. You could even try adding a mozzarella stick for an ooey-gooey result.

homemade garlic knot ingredients

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How To Make This Recipe

These cheesy garlic knots are actually quite easy and fun to make! I think they would be a great recipe to make with kids.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2: Next in a mixing bowl combine the melted butter, parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning.

Step 3: Then unroll the crescent roll rough.  There will be four rectangles, each with perforated lines on the diagonal to make into separate triangles.  Cut the crescent dough along the lines into the four rectangles.  Then squeeze the triangle pieces together along the diagnoal to make 4 cohesive rectangles of dough. See post for a visual.

Step 4: Spread about 1/2 tbsp of the garlic butter mixture in the middle of each rectangle of dough.  Sprinkle about 1/2 tbsp of the mozzarella cheese on top of the butter mixture.  See post for a visual again.

Step 5: Then roll up each rectangle into a long log shape.  Pinching both ends to ensure no stuffing falls out.

Step 6: Carefully roll out the dough logs a bit to make them thinner and longer.  Then tie each one into bread knots.  Simply knot them like you would make a regular knot.  The ends won’t pull all the way through to make a complete knot. but you can just tuck them into each other.

Step 7: Next place the knots on an ungreased baking sheet.  Spread the remaining butter mixture on top of the knots.  Sprinkle on the remaining mozzarella cheese too.

Step 8: Bake for 25 minutes.

Step 9: Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and enjoy!

baked crescent roll garlic knots

Expert Tips

Use fresh grated parmesan cheese for better flavor.

Cut the four dough rectangles in half to make more, smaller knots.

Roll out the stuffed dough thin and long for the best shaped knots.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper for easier clean up.

Coat the baked garlic knots in more butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese for even more delicious flavor.

cheesy garlic knot being dipped in marinara sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

How to serve this recipe?

Cheesy garlic crescent rolls are the perfect side dish or appetizer to any main dish!

Pair them with marinara sauce for dipping and serve with pasta dishes like creamy lemon chicken pasta, sun dried tomato pasta, and burrata pasta. Or any Italian dish like mozzarella stuffed meatballs or pesto chicken.

How to best store this recipe?

Store this recipe in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days! For longer storage, keep in the refrigerator.

How to re-heat this recipe?

The easiest way to reheat this recipe is to just pop in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds.

However, my favorite way is to put the knots back into a warm oven at about 300 degrees for a few minutes. It takes a little bit of extra time and effort, but I find it to be much more delicious.

overhead shot of garlic knots and marinara sauce on the side

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Cheesy Crescent Roll Garlic Knots

Crescent Roll Garlic Knots are a quick, easy, and delicious recipe! Made with pre-made crescent roll dough, butter, fresh garlic, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese … these homemade knots are buttery, cheesy, flavorful, and crispy on top. They are the perfect savory side dish or appetizer recipe for an Italian dinner!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Garlic Knots 1x
  • Category: Side Dish / Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

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  • 2 cans crescent roll dough
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Next in a mixing bowl combine the melted butter, parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Then unroll the cans of crescent roll rough.  For each dough sheet there will be four rectangles, each with perforated lines on the diagonal to make into separate triangles.  Cut the crescent dough along the lines to separate into the four rectangles.  Then squeeze the triangle pieces together along the diagonal in each of the 4 pieces to make 4 cohesive rectangles of dough. Repeat for both dough sheets. See post for a visual.
  4. Spread about 1/2 tbsp of the garlic butter mixture in the middle of each rectangle of dough.  Sprinkle about 1/2 tbsp of the mozzarella cheese on top of the butter.  Make sure you have some butter mixture and mozzarella cheese leftover for the topping. See post for a visual again.
  5. Then roll up each rectangle into a long log shape.  Pinching both ends to ensure no stuffing falls out.
  6. Carefully roll out the dough logs a bit to make them thinner and longer.  Then tie each one into bread knots.  Simply knot them like you would make a regular knot.  The ends won’t pull all the way through to make a complete knot, but you can just tuck them into each other.
  7. Next place the knots on a baking sheet.  Spread the remaining butter mixture on top of the knots.  Sprinkle on the remaining mozzarella cheese too.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and enjoy!

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