Naughty Knots

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These cheesy, herby bites of deliciousness might make you feel like you’re on the naughty list, but trust us, if you serve these to your holiday dinner guests, you’ll be on the good list forever.

Imagine a classic garlic knot with a twist—add cranberry sauce and brie, and you’ve got these delightful knots. Instead of the usual parsley-garlic butter, we’re using rosemary and sage to give them a woodsy, holiday flavor. You can make your own dough or just grab some pizza dough from your local slice shop.

Naughty Knots

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Servings 8


  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • All-purpose flour for dusting
  • 1 pound store-bought or homemade pizza dough
  • Garlic powder for sprinkling
  • 3 ounces brie cut into 8 pieces
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan divided


  • If your cranberry sauce is chunky, chop it until you have small pieces of cranberries. Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 2 pieces. Roll out one piece into a 12-by-6-inch rectangle. Sprinkle it with garlic powder, then dollop 4 to 5 tablespoons of cranberry sauce onto the rectangle. Roll the dough tightly into a log, starting from the long side facing you.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice down the center of the log lengthwise, creating 2 strips of dough with exposed cranberry interior. Cut each strip crosswise into 2 pieces.
  • Place a piece of brie in the center of each strip. Carefully tie a knot around the cheese, tucking in any exposed ends to make a neat knot. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect! Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Bake the knots until they’re golden brown, about 22 to 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and rosemary, cooking until fragrant, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, then add sage and salt, stirring to combine.
  • Transfer the knots to a large bowl, then pour the garlic butter over them. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of Parmesan, gently tossing to combine.
  • Arrange the knots on a platter and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of Parmesan.
  • Enjoy your flavorful, festive knots!

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