Pumpkin Garlic Knots

photo of a plate of Pumpkin Garlic Knots
One pumpkin recipe I knew I had to make this year are these pumpkin garlic knots. I love the softness and sweetness the pumpkin brings to these bread rolls.

I made a version last year that I enjoyed, but I wanted to try another recipe out this year. I liked these also. The knots came out soft and fluffy and a little bit sweet. You can taste the pumpkin flavor though it is subtle. The outside is coated with garlic and oil, adding a little savoriness to the rolls.
photo of pumpkin garlic knots on a baking rack
I really liked these. FH didn’t like them as much as I did. He preferred the regular savory version without any pumpkin. If you like pumpkin though, I think you’ll like these as much as I did.
photo of pumpkin garlic knots on a plate

I also like making homemade rosemary bread knots for holiday dinners, so be sure to check out that recipe, too.

Pumpkin Garlic Knots

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 knots

These garlic knots are flavored with pumpkin, which adds a little bit of sweetness, and brushed with garlic butter.


  • 1 cup warm water about 100°F
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Garlic Coating

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 clove fresh garlic chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley chopped


  1. For the dough: Pour the warm water into a mixing bowl of stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast across the surface. Let sit about 10 minutes.

  2. Add in the flour, honey, 2 tsbp olive oil and pumpkin puree.
  3. Using the dough hook attachment, mix at low to medium speed for about 10 minutes until the dough is elastic and pulls away from the bowl easily.

  4. Lightly oil another large bowl and put your dough ball inside it. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise for about 1 hour; or until nearly doubled in size

  5. Preheat oven to 425°F. Divide dough into 14 pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a rope about 9 inches long. Tie the rope into a knot, and then tuck the ends into the center, one in front and one underneath.

  6. Place knots on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 1 inch apart. Bake about 12-15 minutes until they turn golden brown on top.

  7. While the knots are baking, mix all the garlic coating ingredients into a bowl (except parsley) and microwave for about 1 minute. Stir ingredients together.

  8. When knots are done, toss them into the garlic mixture to coat. Then sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley


Recipe adapted from Handle the Heat

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Garlic Knots
Amount Per Serving (1 garlic knot)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1400IU28%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
Net Carbs 25g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

6 comments on “Pumpkin Garlic Knots”

  1. Pumpkin garlic knots?! Perfect. Two unbelievable things combined, didnt get much better than this!

    • I love pumpkin garlic knots! discovered them last year and it’s one of my favorite things to make for Thanksgiving dinners.

  2. I love garlic knots, but never thought to add pumpkin to them!

  3. I would love to serve these for Thanksgiving instead of the usual dinner rolls. I love the braided appearance. The Chinese have a custom to serve sweet and sticky dishes for the New Year or other festive events in the belief that the dish symbolizes their families sticking together for a sweeter life ahead. My take, the braided shape of the pastry will keep the family knotted together too…
    Thanks for a tasty recipe post!

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