These homemade pepperoni pizza rolls are a crowd-pleaser. I like to think of them as the result of a pepperoni pizza having a baby with a batch of cinnamon rolls. Looks about right, don’t ya think? 🍕😋
While this recipe does include instructions on how to make your very own pizza dough, you may choose to use a store-bought pizza dough if you wish to save time. However, if you do have the time to make your own dough I highly recommend it! I find it to be very rewarding and satisfying making homemade bread/pizza dough.
Recipe and Instructions
First, we will start with how to make the pizza dough. If you are using pre-made or store-bought pizza dough you can just skip over this section.
To begin we will “proof” our yeast. This step is called proofing yeast because we are literally looking for “proof” that our yeast is still alive and active. If you are not concerned that your yeast may have reached its expiration, then this step (or dissolving the yeast in water) is really not necessary. However, I don’t use yeast very much and it often stays in my pantry for quite some time. Therefore, I like to make sure it is okay to use before beginning my recipe.
To proof the yeast we will dissolve it in warm water along with a small amount of sugar. After about 10 minutes the yeast should be very bubbly. That’s it! Now you know that your yeast is ready to go! If there are no bubbles after 10 minutes, you probably have some expired yeast on your hands.
Let’s Make Some Dough
You will need between 3 and 4 cups of flour. I find I usually use about 3 1/2 cups. Start by adding just 2 cups of flour to your mixing bowl along with the salt, 1 cup of warm water, olive oil, and the yeast mixture.
Mix on low speed adding more flour until the dough holds together in a ball. (pictured below)
Switch out the regular beater for the dough hook attachment. On speed 2 knead the dough for about 2 minutes. This is equal to kneading the dough by hand for 10 minutes.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and allow the dough to rise until it is doubled in size. This will take about 1.5 to 2 hours.
After the dough has risen, punch down the dough to release the air bubbles. Cut the dough in half. Each half of the dough will make 12 pizza rolls. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes before rolling out.
For the Pizza Rolls
*** Start here if using premade/ store bought dough ***
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll out your dough into a large oblong/rectangular shape.
Gather your pizza sauce, freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and dried oregano. Evenly spread the pizza sauce onto the rolled out dough. Top with the cheese, pepperoni, and oregano.
Carefully roll up the pizza, be sure not to press too hard or you will ooze out all of your ingredients.
Brush each roll with the melted butter and garlic powder mixture.
Bake for about 15 minutes. Top with fresh basil and enjoy!
Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
- 1 1/3 cups Warm Water 100-110°F
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 package Active Dry Yeast
- 3-4 cups Flour
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tsp Salt
- 2 cups Pizza Sauce
- 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 6 oz. Pepperoni chopped
- 2 tbsp Butter melted
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
Make the Pizza Dough
- Dissolve the yeast in 1/3 cup warm water (~ 110°F) plus 1 tsp sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. There should be bubbles in the bowl if the yeast is still alive and active. Adding the sugar is not a necessary step to “activatee” the yeast, however I find it useful to “prove” that the yeast has not yet expired.
- Next, add 2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 cup of warm water, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Mix. Add more flour as needed, mixing well until the dough holds together in a ball.
- Lightly flour a board or clean surface and knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. You could also use a dough hook in a stand mixer to do the kneading for you. If using a KitchenAid Mixer, it is best to mix with a dough hook on Speed 2 for 2 minutes.
- Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. The best temperature for allowing dough to rise is 70-90°F.
- Punch down the dough and divide in half. Let rest for 5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Prepare the Pizza Rolls
- Roll each ball of dough out into an oblong/rectangular shape. Spoon 1 cup of pizza sauce onto each pizza. Sprinkle each pizza with about 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Top each with pepperoni and sprinkle evenly with dried oregano.
- Roll up each pizza as you would a jelly roll but starting with the long edge. Cut each roll into 12 pieces about 1 inch wide using a sharp knife.
- Places the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- In a small bowl combine the melted butter and garlic powder. Brush over rolls. Bake in 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
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