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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls · Easy Family Recipes

These Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls are a popular choice among kids made right at home! These pizza swirls are crafted with pizza dough layered with sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and pepperoni. They’re a straightforward, delicious dish that should be part of your meal rotation!

Sometimes all you crave is a generous plate of pizza rolls. These Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls are the ideal solution.

This is a homemade version of a beloved frozen classic, prepared in just a few steps with easily accessible ingredients! These pepperoni rolls made with pizza dough can be baked right away or prepared in advance and stored in the freezer for convenience.

Completely satisfying and effortlessly prepared…this recipe is sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Why I LOVE this recipe!

  • A homemade take on a frozen favorite! – Who doesn’t enjoy pizza rolls? Now you can fulfill that frozen pizza roll craving with this super easy homemade recipe.
  • Basic ingredients – Just 8 simple ingredients required for this recipe.
  • Freezable – Prepare these in advance and store them in the freezer, baked or unbaked, so they’re ready for a quick meal anytime you need it!

Recipe Notes

This pepperoni pizza rolls recipe is as easy as it sounds! Just 10 minutes of prep for a family-friendly meal.

In this section, I’ll provide some tips and tricks on how to make pepperoni pizza rolls to achieve the best and most delicious results.

Don’t forget to check out the full recipe card at the bottom.

Ingredients + Substitutions

ingredients for pepperoni rolls with pizza dough.
  • Pizza Dough Ball – You’ll need 16 ounces of pizza dough. You can opt for a homemade crust or your favorite store-bought variety.
  • Olive Oil – Use olive oil to coat the crust before adding the toppings.
  • Seasonings – Keep it simple with a mix of garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
  • Cheese – A combination of shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan provides the perfect flavor and texture.
  • Pepperoni – My preferred topping. Feel free to use other pizza toppings if desired!
  • Marinara Sauce – for dipping

Refer to the recipe card below for the complete list of quantities and ingredients.

Recipe Variations

If you adore this recipe and seek some quick ways to add variety, these suggestions will help!

  • Bacon and Pepperoni Pizza Rolls – Add cooked and crumbled bacon to the pizza dough for a salty crunch.
  • Pepperoni Pizza Crescent Rolls – Use crescent roll dough instead of pizza dough for a lighter, flakier texture.

Recipe Step by Step

I will highlight some key steps in the recipe here, but ensure to check the recipe card for detailed instructions on making pepperoni pizza roll-ups.

pizza dough topped with cheese and pepperoni.
  1. Spread the pizza dough into a thin rectangle about 12 inches long and 8-9 inches wide. Apply a thin layer of olive oil all over the dough, then sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
a rectangle of dough layered with pizza toppings being rolled up.a rectangle of dough layered with pizza toppings being rolled up.

2. Top the seasoned dough with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Then, evenly distribute pepperoni slices over the dough.

unbaked pizza rolls on a baking sheet.unbaked pizza rolls on a baking sheet.

3. Start at one end of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log, pressing the edges to seal it. Cut the dough log into rolls using a knife.

above image of homemade pepperoni pizza rolls on a baking sheet.above image of homemade pepperoni pizza rolls on a baking sheet.

4. Place the rolls on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375ºF until golden on top and cooked through. Serve warm with dipping sauce!

Recipe Tips

  1. Roll out the dough thinly – Make the dough into a 12-inch long and 8-9 inch wide rectangle, thinly rolled for easy log formation.
  2. Space the rolls 2 inches apart – Allow room for the rolls to expand while baking.

Recipe Short Cuts

If you’re short on time, here are some shortcuts to make this recipe quicker!

  • Use pre-made dough – You can buy pre-made dough for convenience. Pre-made dough is a great time-saving option.
  • Prepare ahead of time – Assemble the pizza rolls in advance and store them in the fridge or freezer for quick baking!
pepperoni pizza rolls on a plate with a small bowl of marinara sauce.pepperoni pizza rolls on a plate with a small bowl of marinara sauce.

Freezer Meal Instructions

Making these delicious pepperoni pizza rolls into a freezer meal is a breeze! Follow the steps below to freeze this recipe and enjoy it later. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

To freeze before cooking

  1. Prepare the dough, add the toppings as instructed, and roll it into a log.
  2. Wrap the log securely in plastic wrap, place it in a freezer-safe bag, and store it in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. Alternatively, cut the log into rolls, flash freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag for up to 6 weeks.
  3. When you’re ready to enjoy your pizza rolls, thaw them overnight and bake according to the directions.

How to Freeze Pepperoni Pizza Rolls After Cooking

  1. Let the baked rolls cool completely, then move them to a freezer-safe container.
  2. Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  3. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge, then bake at 350ºF until heated through.

What to Serve with Pizza Crust Pepperoni Rolls

These tasty pepperoni pizza rolls go well with various Italian side dishes due to their delicious pizza flavors.

Pair them with one or more of these side dishes to create a satisfying and balanced meal. You have a choice of classic options and some healthier alternatives to keep it light.

Side Dish Ideas

  • Italian House Salad – Enjoy a side of this refreshing Italian House Salad made with crunchy spring mix, grape tomatoes, pepperoncini peppers, red onion, and Parmesan in a homemade Italian dressing.
  • Italian Grinder Sliders – Add extra substance to your meal with these delicious Italian Grinder Sliders, mini sandwiches loaded with meat, cheese, veggies, and a buttery glaze.
  • Pesto Roasted Veggies – Elevate your typical roasted veggies with these Pesto Roasted Veggies, a colorful mix of red onion, bell pepper, broccoli, and squash coated in pesto sauce.

Pizza Dough Pepperoni Rolls Leftovers

If you have leftover pepperoni pizza rolls after preparing this recipe, you’re in luck! They store well and reheat easily, making them perfect for another delicious meal.

To store leftovers, divide them into individual portions, place them in an airtight container, and store them:

  • In the refrigerator for 3-4 days
  • In the freezer for up to a month

Recipe FAQ’s

What is pizza roll dough made of?

Classic pizza dough is typically made with flour, water, salt, yeast, and olive oil. You can make your own dough or opt for the convenience of pre-made dough or crescent roll dough for this recipe.

How long do you bake pizza rolls for?

I recommend baking pizza rolls for around 18-22 minutes, checking them towards the 18-minute mark. Remove them from the oven when the tops and edges are golden brown and the centers are fully cooked for the best results.

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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Prep Time:

10
minutes


Cook Time:

20
minutes


Total Time:

30
minutes


4

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F

  • Spread the pizza dough into a large thin rectangle about 12 inches long and 8-9 inches wide. Spread the olive oil from edge to edge over the dough. Sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning.

  • Cover the crust with mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle the parmesan over the mozzarella. Lay the pepperoni slices evenly over the cheese.

  • Start at one side and tightly roll the crust up into a log. Press the edges of the dough together to seal the log. Then use a serrated knife to cut it into twelve 1 inch slices.

  • Lay each roll flat on a baking sheet with about 2 inches in between each one. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the centers are cooked through.

  • Warm marinara sauce and serve the Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls warm with sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Information


Serving:
3
pizza rolls

,

Calories:
484
kcal
(24%)

,

Carbohydrates:
52
g
(17%)

,

Protein:
21
grams (42%), Fat: 22grams (34%), Saturated Fat: 10grams (63%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 2grams, Monounsaturated Fat: 7grams, Trans Fat: 0.2grams, Cholesterol: 49mg (16%), Sodium: 1528mg (66%), Potassium: 266mg (8%), Fiber: 3grams (13%), Sugar: 9grams (10%), Vitamin A: 581IU (12%), Vitamin C: 4mg (5%), Calcium: 264mg (26%), Iron: 4mg (22%)

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