Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls: prepared with my kitchen-tested pizza dough recipe, these pepperoni pizza rolls are an instant crowd-pleaser. Packed with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni, these rolls are extra awesome dipped in your favorite pizza sauce.

Homemade pizza rolls

Our team won the SuperBowl last year and to say the city of Baltimore went bananas is an understatement. The streets were packed, the crowd was roaring. Our plans aren’t quite as exciting for the SuperBowl this year, but I have an AWESOME new snack to bring along. These are pepperoni pizza rolls and you can use frozen or homemade pizza dough!

Pepperoni pizza rolls on a white plate

It took me 3 tries to get these pizza rolls right. The 1st time I made them, the rolls completely fell apart as I was cutting. The 2nd time, I burnt them to a black crisp. But the 3rd time was a charm! The rolls were pizza perfection: crispy on the bottom, tender on the inside, super cheesy, and packed with pepperoni. You will love making and eating pizza this way.

Homemade Pizza Dough

You can use store-bought, but I encourage you to try homemade pizza dough. This crust is extra flavorful and crisp with a super soft and chewy interior. You can watch me make the dough in this helpful video tutorial. The entire dough recipe yields 24 pizza rolls, but you can cut the dough in half to yield only 12 rolls. (Extra pizza dough freezes and thaws beautifully.)

Or use my whole wheat pizza crust instead. The same steps apply, just swap out the crust. You can use either dough recipe for homemade garlic knots, too.

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

2 pizza dough balls

How to Make Pizza Rolls

Pizza rolls are surprisingly simple and if you’ve made cinnamon rolls before, you’re familiar with the process. It’s all pretty similar to making stromboli. After the pizza dough is prepared, follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Roll out the dough, make dents in it with your fingers, and brush with olive oil. Why? The little dents in the dough prevent air bubbles and the olive oil prevents any sogginess.
  2. Fill the dough with your favorite pizza toppings like pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Thinly sliced peppers, onions, and cooked crumbled sausage works too!
  3. Roll up the dough and chill for 25 minutes. Why? Chilling will prevent your rolls from falling apart as you cut. During that time, preheat your oven. You want the entire oven to be hot and ready!

Top with some parmesan cheese and bake into crispy, melty perfection.

2 images of pepperoni pizza roll dough rolled into a rectangle and rectangle of dough with pepperoni pizza toppings

Pizza rolls dough on parchment lined baking sheet before baking

Dip the bottom of the rolls in a little cornmeal before baking. This is completely optional, but adds a wonderful CRUNCH on the bottom.

Pizza rolls on baking sheet after baking

Pepperoni pizza roll

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls and pizza, and with today’s recipe, you get the best of both worlds.

Why not serve easy cinnamon rolls for dessert? Hey, I’m not judging!

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Homemade pizza rolls

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 rolls
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


You’ll have fun both making and eating these Homemade Pizza Rolls! Made with my tested pizza dough recipe, this is a perfect party snack. Use your favorite pizza toppings such as pepperoni, cheese, and pizza sauce. The recipe can be halved to make 12 rolls.


  • 1 recipe homemade pizza dough*
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • Italian seasoning or ground basil, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6065 pepperoni slices
  • optional: 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • optional: extra mozzarella cheese and fresh basil


  1. Prepare pizza dough through step 3. When the dough is ready, punch it down to release any air bubbles. Divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each half into a large rectangle, about 10×12 inches.
  2. To prevent the filling from making your pizza rolls soggy, brush the tops lightly with 1 teaspoon olive oil each. Using your fingers, push dents into the surface of the dough rectangles to prevent bubbling. See photo above for visual. Spread 1/3 cup pizza sauce on top of each dough rectangle. Sprinkle each lightly with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella evenly over sauce, then top with pepperoni slices. Carefully roll dough rectangles into tight logs. Place logs onto 1 prepared baking sheet, seam side down and place baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill, uncovered, for at least 20 minutes. Chilling prevents the rolls from falling apart as you slice.
  4. During that time, preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  5. Remove logs from the refrigerator and cut each into 12 1-inch slices. Pour cornmeal into a plate or bowl. Dip the bottom of each roll into cornmeal and place 12 on each baking sheet, cornmeal side down. The cornmeal is optional, but gives the bottom of the rolls an extra delicious crisp. Sprinkle the tops of the rolls with extra cheese, if desired.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the sides are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes, then serve with fresh basil on top (if desired) and extra pizza sauce for dipping. Pizza rolls should be enjoyed immediately, though they can be covered tightly and stored for a few days in the refrigerator. Reheat to your liking.


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: If you plan to make this snack ahead of time, prepare the rolls through step 3 where you chill the logs in the refrigerator. Cover the rolls tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day. The next day, proceed with the recipe. Baked pizza rolls freeze well, up to 3 months. Bake frozen rolls at 350°F (177°C) for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. See the pizza crust recipe for how to freeze and thaw the pizza dough.
  2. Half Batch: Recipe can easily be halved to yield 12 rolls. Freeze half of the pizza dough for another time.
  3. Whole Wheat Version: If desired, use whole wheat pizza dough instead.
  4. Muffin Pan or 9×13 inch Baking Pan: You can bake these rolls in muffin pans or 9×13 baking pans. Bake time is the same.
  5. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: pepperoni pizza rolls, pizza rolls


  1. Yum! These look delicious, Sally! Definitely adding to my to-do list. And they seem so easy!

  2. Gloria // Simply Gloria says:

    They say the third time’s the charm! Love the dunking part of eating these… I’m such a saucy girl! Might be making these this weekend for the party. They’d be a huge hit with all the boys… and girls!

    1. I can say from experience that boys LOVE these. Hope you try them Gloria! xoxo

  3. Ooo these look too good, dangerously so! 🙂

    I actually have a weird love for burnt pizza crust which I know sounds crazy but I always end up munching on it ha ha!

  4. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says:

    I think there are few things better than homemade pizza, but homemade pizza rolls? Yum! What an awesome way to switch things up. 🙂

    And yes please on the mango guac recipe!

  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    This is a great way to use up homemade extra dough. Usually I get a couple pizzas from 1 batch of dough and sometimes want to jazz things up rather than just making another pizza. Great idea, Sally! Perfect for Superbowl, too!

  6. These look fabulous ! Great new spin on the pizza/pepperoni roll idea.
    I was trying to “print” our your pizza dough recipe but the link comes up not found 🙁
    And I definitely would like to see that mango gauc recipe.

    1. I have been trying to fix that, Jean! Will try to have that issue resolved ASAP. And I will post that guac recipe soon for sure.

  7. These rolls look fantastic! My son would flip over them – he is a big pepperoni pizza lover. : ) Enjoy the game!

  8. These look wonderful! I like that you do a few savory receipes as a nice surpise on here. Don’t me wrong, I’m all about sweets, but I still have an undying love for savory foods.

    And yes, that does include guacamole! Please do share the recipe!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I’m trying at least one savory recipe every other week. Though it’s been weekly on here lately. I will definitely share that guac recipe!

  9. These looks good, Sally! And much fancier than pizza.

    Just wanted to point out that there’s a sentence in your post that says: “can’t wake to make them again this weekend.” It’s a nice rhyme but I think you meant wait 😉

    1. Haha oops! Just fixed it. Thanks Michelle!

  10. I made something similar for my sister’s bridal shower a few years ago. Can’t wait to try them with homemade dough though. I can just see the grin on my boyfriend’s face 🙂
    Reading through past posts today because I’m not allowed to eat anything!! Just had an emergency gallbladder removal so looking at your delicious blog is keeping me from going crazy!!

    1. Wishing you a speedy recovery Amy! Feel better!

  11. We love homemade pizza rolls! I’ve never made them with scratch dough, though! May have to try that next! Gorgeous pics, Sally!

  12. Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow says:

    Oh these look amazing. And just when I was craving pizza. Well, I know what I’ll be eating for the next three months. This, an this alone. 😉

  13. How cute and delicious! I think we’ve discussed our mutual love of pizza sauce before…so I love the idea of a huge side of sauce! I think I would use sun-dried tomatoes instead of pepperoni…oh, and maybe roasted garlic! I’m a garlic freak ;). I love your savory recipes! Oh, and by the way…my grandma doesn’t like pizza. Really! And the REALLY bizarre part is that she has a taste for disgusting things like haggis and other parts of animals that are not typically eaten in America. *shudder* 😉

    1. Hahahaha I’m laughing so loud about your grandmother! To each their own. Sun dried tomatoes – great substitution Caley!

  14. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

    How I wish I had a batch of these pizza rolls right now. This would also be great with the frozen Pillsbury dough. I going to go make a batch of these right now for the family. Thanks Sally!

  15. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    Cinnamon Rolls are one of my favorite foods and pizza is my boyfriends- We’d be in heaven with these! I love this super cute and fun way of eating pizza!

  16. Emily @ Life on Food says:

    These are so much better for a party that a big pizza and dealing with slices. Oh course, I would probably makes these pizza rolls just for us too. They are so cute!

    1. Thanks Emily! I think they’re the perfect party food. How can you not love ’em!?

  17. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    I love that you made pizza even more adorable (and dippable, if that’s even a word)! Also, I want a giant bowl of that salted peanut nutella puppy chow!

    1. Absolutely a word! And Bianca, that salted peanut nutella puppy chow has got to be one of the best things I’ve ever made!

  18. I’m right there with ya — the crust and sauce are my two favorites parts of pizza! Honestly, I could probably pile on the veggies (and sausage… it’s starting to become one of my favorite pizza topping “indulgences!”) and skip the cheese and still be super happy. Yup, I’m crazy. 🙂

    I love the tip about chilling the rolls so the pizza sauce doesn’t turn everything into a huge mess! I’m already klutzy enough as it is and make too many (baking) messes in my kitchen on a daily basis, so anything I can do to minimize that helps. I hope you have fun watching the Super Bowl Sally!

    1. You’re not crazy at all, Amy. I always order extra sauce with my pizza, but I do love cheese! Sauce takes the cake though. 😉 Anyway, chilling is so important. Hope you have a great weekend Amy!

      1. Oh boy, I hadn’t thought to order extra sauce with my pizza… My world just got 100x better! Thanks Sally! 🙂

  19. These look great! Thoughts on freezing them??? I was thinking I could freeze them as logs?

    1. I do not recommend freezing the raw dough/logs. See the pizza crust recipe (linked in the recipe) for how to freeze the dough. You can freeze leftover rolls for up to 2 months.

  20. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Love how scrumptious these dreamy pizza rolls look!

  21. Miss Food Fairy says:

    OMG!! These look absolutely amazing! I just had dinner but could easily go into the kitchen now and make some – piggish I know! Can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration

    1. Not piggish at all. I’d do the same thing! I can’t get enough of these pizza rolls.

  22. Perfect super bowl food! PERFECT! 🙂

  23. Oh my goodness. Two amazing foods combined into one. I am loving these; totally worth the 3rd attempt! The golden tops just put me over the edge, too. I want these like right now! You were right–these would be perfect for my Super Bowl party. Mmm. Pinning!

  24. Please post the mango guacamole recipe!! 🙂

    1. I will! Maybe in a few weeks after I make another batch. Thanks Chris!

  25. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life says:

    These looks so good and I know my pizza loving boyfriend will need these in his life. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who walks out of the kitchen and burns things. We are all human!

    1. I have burned many things before! And have even set off the fire alarm from it. That was a few years ago. How embarrassing that was!

  26. Shelby S says:

    Oh my gosh Sally! These rolls look fantastic! They look like a savory version of sweet rolls! 🙂

  27. My husband is going to be so happy with you this weekend. Not sure if this recipe will make enough. LOL I also can’t believe when someone says they don’t like pizza. What?!? I just have to master the crust and I’m in business. So many ideas for toppings. (or for these rolls)

    1. Try my pizza crust recipe – I’ve gotten some great reviews back about it! It’s certainly our favorite Sylvia!

  28. In a pinch could I use frozen bread dough or pizza dough?

  29. Pizza is such a popular flavor (and no wonder!) This version is so cute AND easy to grab like an appetizer. Perfect party food! The longer I stare at your pictures, the more I need these as a mid morning snack! I have done that; left something in the oven a little too long. Who knew burned food was so heartbreaking? 🙂

    1. I was very upset when I burnt these rolls – they were so nice looking and then… ooops.

  30. Could you make these the day before up until the chilling stage and then slice and bake the next day?

    1. I’m sure you could chill the rolls overnight, yes. I’ve never tried it so I can’t be 100% sure the baked dough will still have the same texture after being in the refrigerator for so long. Let me know if you try it!

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