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

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.

By the way, how fun is this Pizza on a Stick? Want to try that sometime.

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. 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.

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls-4

Pizza rolls dough

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

Pizza rolls

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

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  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.

Keywords: pepperoni pizza rolls, pizza rolls

The perfect party snack! Pepperoni Pizza Rolls- so simple to make!-4

105 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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 😉

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

    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!

  7. 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. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!

    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!

  10. 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)

  11. 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’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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