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This Pizza Pinwheels recipe is a fun twist to traditional pizza! Serve them as a party appetizer or for a quick and easy weeknight dinner!
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It’s Friday!! Which means it’s pizza night!! And movie night!! And cookies and ice cream night!! And family night!!
Can you tell… I really love Friday!!!
Whether it’s ordering pizza from our favorite pizza place or making our own, my family loves this weekly tradition.
Over the years I’ve shared some of our absolute favorite pizza recipes, from this Chicken Spinach Pizza, to this Corn, Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion Pizza and even this Peach, Prosciutto and Brie Flatbread Pizza.
But today’s recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Rolls probably makes its appearance the most often at our beloved pizza Fridays! This is because this Pizza Pinwheels recipe is so easy that kids can make it entirely on their own. And that’s a win win for all!
Helpful Tips and Information:
Pizza Pinwheels Ingredients:
- Crescent Dough – Today’s pizza recipe is for . I like using store bought crescent dough for these Pepperoni Rolls because the dough is light and fluffy, as opposed to regular pizza dough which can be denser.
Specifically, I usually use crescent dough “sheets” instead of crescent roll dough with the perforated lines. If you use crescent roll dough with the perforated lines, make sure you pinch the lines together and roll over them with a rolling pin to seal the serrated dough completely. This will help your pepperoni pinwheels stay together better. You could also use puff pastry dough instead of crescent dough. Another substitute for the crescent dough is store-bought pizza dough or homemade pizza dough.
- Mozzarella Cheese – We prefer to buy a block of mozzarella cheese and grate it ourselves, but to save time, you can certainly buy pre-grated mozzarella cheese. You can also substitute an Italian cheese blend.
- Pepperoni – We usually use turkey pepperoni; however, traditional pepperoni will work too.
- Unbleached All-purpose Flour – This is used to help prevent the dough from sticking when rolling it out.
- Tomato Sauce – Pizza sauce or marinara sauce can be substituted for the tomato sauce.
- Dried Italian seasoning
What to serve with Pizza Pinwheels?
These Pizza Rolls can be served alone as an appetizer or can be served as a quick and easy dinner or lunch when paired with one of these salad recipes. Specifically, this Copycat Olive Garden Salad or this Kale Caesar Salad would be particularly delicious paired with these Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels.
How to keep the pinwheel shape while baking?
I have personally made these MANY times and have never had any issues with the pinwheel shape not holding up during baking. With that said, please follow these tips and the recipe exactly as written to ensure that your pinwheels come out perfectly every time.
- I usually use crescent dough “sheets” instead of crescent roll dough with the perforated lines. If you use crescent dough with the perforated lines, make sure you pinch the lines together and roll over them with a rolling pin to seal completely.
- Only spread a very thin layer of tomato sauce onto the dough.
- Use a serrated bread knife to cut the dough and cut the pinwheels to be approximately 1½ inch thick.
- You can bake the pinwheels in muffin tins sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to help them hold their shape while baking.
If you like these Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels, then you’ll love these other recipes:
Monte Cristo Pinwheels – Inspired by a popular sandwich, these baked Monte Cristo Pinwheels, with sweet ham, tender turkey, tangy Swiss cheese and Triple Berry Fruit Spread, are sweet and savory and will be a hit at all season long!
Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels – Kids will love these Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels! Not only are they delicious, they are also so easy to make that older kids can get in the kitchen and whip them up themselves for an after-school snack!
Turkey Cranberry Roll Up – No boring lunches here! This healthy and satisfying turkey cranberry wrap uses simple pantry staples to create a quick and easy lunch!
- 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 (8-ounce) tubes of crescent dough sheets or crescent roll dough
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce or pizza sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 1 (8-ounce) package mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1 (5-ounce) package turkey pepperoni
- Optional for serving:
- Ranch dressing
- Marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of flour onto a cutting board and unroll crescent dough from tube. Using a rolling pin, roll over dough to form one large rectangle. (*See notes.)
- Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over dough rectangle. Sprinkle half of the Italian seasoning over the tomato sauce. Top tomato sauce with half of the cheese and pepperoni.
- Starting at the short side of the dough, roll up dough into a long log shape. Using a serrated bread knife, cut roll into approximately 1 ½ inch thick pizza pinwheels. Arrange slices on prepared baking sheet or place one pizza roll in each cavity of the prepared muffin tin.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Bake pinwheels at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from baking sheet/muffin tin and transfer to a serving plate. Serve warm with ranch dressing or marinara sauce for dipping.
*If using crescent roll dough: Spread flour onto a cutting board and unroll dough into four rectangles pressing together the perforations. Using a rolling pin, roll over dough to seal perforations completely and to form one large rectangle.
*PLEASE SEE THE "HELPFUL TIPS AND INFORMATION" SECTION ABOVE FOR ADDITIONAL RECIPE NOTES.
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