Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

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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!

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

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
  • 60-65 pepperoni slices
  • optional: 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • optional: extra mozzarella cheese and fresh basil

Directions:

  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 10x12 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.

Make ahead tip: 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.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Recipe can easily be halved to yield 12 rolls. Freeze half of the pizza dough for another time.
  2. If desired, use whole wheat pizza dough instead.
  3. Muffin Pan or 9x13 inch Baking Pan: You can bake these rolls in muffin pans or 9x13 baking pans. Bake time is the same.

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

105 Comments

    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!

  1. I love this idea. My husband is obsessed with sauce. Every pizza we order or make has to have extra on it, plus extra for dipping. He puts sauces on things that don’t even normally use sauce. Lol. I would just give him his own container of sauce. 🙂

  2. I’m always down for homemade pizza dough and a great finger snack! I don’t think we’re watching the superbowl this year, so this won’t get served up as a game day snack, but um…we might be going to Disneyland. So. Pizza rolls in tupperware sound amazing to me 🙂

  3. Thanks for the tips here, Sally. I once tried making pizza rolls for a party and they turned out pretty well but they were sooo messy … and quite frankly some were a bit ugly! Next time I’ll chill them for sure!

  4. Is it possible to make any of this recipe a day ahead? I am assuming that I can make the pizza dough & store in the fridge for a day. Could I assemble the rolls a day in advance & bake the next day?

    I want to make them for my son’s Valentine’s Day class party, but won’t have much time the day of.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Marti! Make-ahead instructions are at the bottom of the recipe. If you plan to make them ahead, make them up until the point where you chill the logs in the refrigerator (be sure to cover them, though). Then the next day, bake as directed.

  5. Haha. Hey, my freezer is also full of mediocre baked goods, too! And they all eventually get thrown away. It’s awful. 🙁 I hate wasting food but my freezer is so tiny and when I need space… I need space!

    And um, nobody would have a chance with these if I’m around. I’d inhale them.

  6. Would it be possible to bake these as a whole pizza roll, or something like a tortilla wrap? Just thinking of easy to cook food, which I can make portable (travel around a lot during the day from class to class).

  7. Hello Sally,

    What great recipe I would loved to make them
    For my sons birthday party! I am going to make them
    Ahead and freeze them! When I’ll get pizza rolls out how I should
    Bake them as they just need to get reheated right? Please let me know!
    I ll really appreciate !

    1. I would just stick them in the oven at 350F and bake for 10 minutes or until defrosted and warm. Great birthday party recipe!

  8. Do you have other idea for circular food for kids bday party as party
    Theme is Lighting Mcqueen and I am trying to make food like
    Stoplight fruit skewers, cone snacks, veggie sticks & pizza puffs& sandwich
    Please let me know

  9. Oh lol… just saw you mentioned how to do it in the other post. Ooops!!
    Since I’m making the rolls the next day, there’s no need to freeze right, just put them immediately in the fridge overnight? 🙂

  10. We made these for supper tonight with our young children. They were fun to make together as a family, and we all loved them! I baked them in muffin pans – which I believe helped to save a couple of the rolls (from the end cuts) that likely would have otherwise unraveled. Thanks!

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  12. Hi Sally,

    Oh my God, I made those last Sunday and they disappeared quickly. I will make it again this weekend! I used to make a version where I would put the whole log in the oven and then cut the pieces after it was done, but it always became a bit messy as the filling would come out. This one looks better and was delicious. Thank you!

  13. There didn’t seem to be the option to lead comments on the pizza dough recipe (I’m on my phone) so I’ll ask here. Is almond meal a suitable replacement for cornmeal in this recipe? 

    1. The crust recipe is a page, not really an individual post. Thanks for asking here, Rachel– you can use almond meal or nothing at all. The cornmeal just provides a little extra crunch.

  14. Hi there! I just wanted to ask a quick question! I’ve tried these before and they were super yummy! I wanted to know if I could make these with salami (don’t have any pepperoni unfortunately)? Love your blog! Thanks, Sophia.

  15. Ok thanks! I forgot to ask, do you know how I could turn these rolls into Canadian Bacon and Pineapple rolls? I figured I could roll up the CB but wasn’t sure about the pineapple!

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