Soft Knotted Rolls

As we know, 2ChiliBreadBowl and bread go hand in hand. So, when I find interesting new ways to prepare his daily bread, I am happy to test them out. Ever since I figured out to mix and let dough rise in the bread maker and cook in the oven, I have been pretty successful with new bread creations – 9 times of out of 10 they are a hit, and these soft knotted rolls were definitely a hit.

Reminiscent of a crescent roll, they instill much more of a sense of accomplishment than rolling out some premade dough.  Which, by the way, I could never seem to get into the proper shape anyway. I have always been geometrically-challenged, so perhaps that was the problem – I couldn’t unlock the code on how to make an oddly-shaped triangle into a crescent, which apparently should be so easy even a fake talking dough-boy can do it!

If you share my geometric challenges, I can confidently state that you will have no problems with these rolls. They require tying a knot, but no awkward triangle rolling. And, they are dee-lish-ious.


By the way, that is some of the Butternut Squash Soup I wrote about over at Cheap Healthy Good.

Soft Knotted Rolls

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Original Recipe/Inspiration: The inspiration was a recipe from King Arthur Flour for garlic knots, but I went a slightly different route with them, making them a little sweet instead of savory.

Time Required:

  • 5 minutes to add ingredients to bread maker
  • 90 minutes to mix dough and rise in machine
  • 10 minutes to roll into knots
  • 15 minutes to bake

Skill Level (out of 5): PlatePlate

2Chili’s Taster Rating (out of 5): StarStarStarStar

Makes: 10 rolls


  • 1 1/8 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • Drizzle of honey


  • Add all ingredients except the honey to your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer, set it to the “dough” cycle, and start the machine 
  • When the dough has completed its cycle, remove from the mixer pan and roll out into a loaf onto a lightly floured surface
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Cut into 10 equal pieces and roll into ropes about 10-12 inches long, adding flour if the rope becomes sticky
  • Tie a knot in the center of the roll, and tuck the loose ends into the center, and place on a lightly sprayed baking sheet
  • Drizzle each roll with a little bit of honey
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned

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The Verdict:
We both agreed these are tasty and worth making again. They are soft and only slightly sweet, and if you spread a little Nutella on them, they taste like a chocolate croissant!

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